Thursday, 7 January 2021


A snake gets a mischievous idea in Insultin’ the Sultan, a 1934 Ub Iwerks cartoon.

The snake rubs up against Willie Whopper’s leg. Garsh! He thinks it’s Mary doing it. He’s complimented.

It does the same thing to Mary. She thinks it’s Willie doing it. She’s annoyed. The second time it happens, she looks down and realises a snake is responsible. Then a take.

Mary always seems to be getting rescued in these Willie Whopper shorts, like in this one. Mary looks like a West Coast cousin to Fleischer’s Betty Boop. Ex-Fleischerites get credits on this short, Grim Natwick and Berny Wolf for animation and Art Turkisher for the score.

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