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Beach City Updates

1. The Arcade appears to be the congregation zone for most people at Beach City. I’m guessing aside from the Beach and the Carnival (which aren’t too ideal when it’s really hot out) the Arcade is the place to go. Good for you, Mr. Smiley.

2. And speaking of Mr. Smiley, he doesn’t look as exhausted as he did in Too Short to Ride and Future Boy Zoltron. That could mean post-holidays, the tourists are back in town and he’s not living like a one-man staff anymore. 

Noting that cameo too! And they come back alter in the wash.

3. Lars and Sadie are trying being “together.” And it doesn’t seem as destructive as they were when they started out and denied their own identities. Sadie is still tough as nails and she’s not conforming to what she thinks the girl should be like in a relationship. And Lars isn’t pushing her on that or comparing her to other girls.

Sly hand-holding, guys. 

4. But Ronaldo is spying on Lars and Sadie? 
It’s completely in the norm for him to be observing things in general, but the way Connie’s binoculars pan imply his are trained right at them. That’s new. Or he could’ve been on them just at that moment because 

He probably looks around the area in general.

I’m curious about something

Was Bendy’s cartoon stardom affected at all by the Hays code the way Betty Boop’s was?

I’m not an expert, but basically the Motion Picture Production Code, nicknamed the Hays code after Will H. Hays, was put in place by the Motion Picture Association of America to regulate what could and couldn’t be shown in movies and cartoons from 1922 to 1945. That included sexual content, nudity, strong language, drug use, sexual relationships between black and white people, things like that.

Betty Boop, created by Fleischer Studios, is considered one of the first animated sex symbols. (She’s also apparently 16 but that’s a whole other discussion entirely.) She debuted in the 1930 cartoon Dizzy Dishes as an intended love interest for a dog named Bimbo, who was himself intended to be competition for Mickey Mouse. Betty was originally a humanoid French poodle, but was quickly redesigned as a human. After that, Bimbo was made her love interest, along with Fleischer Studios’s other character Koko the Clown. These three went on all sorts of zany adventures, some of which included jazz music from famous black musicians like Cab Calloway and Louis Armstrong.

But, suggestive immoral behavior? A human dating a dog? Reference to drugs? (Laughing gas, actually, not hard drugs.) Not on the Hays code’s watch.

Most people agree that Betty’s best cartoons were the ones produced from 1930 to 1933. The Hays code began to hit hard when it went into effect in 1934, and it showed. Not only was Betty redesigned from a flapper into a mature, modest housewife or career-woman who didn’t show her legs (which I have mixed feelings about but again, another topic for another day), but she was also given new co-stars like her boyfriend Fearless Freddy, the eccentric inventor Grampy, and a dog named Pudgy. Bimbo and Koko were hardly seen, if at all, in Betty Boop cartoons after 1934. In fact, the whole point of pairing Betty with new co-stars was to make them the new stars of Fleischer Studios. For the studio, Betty wasn’t popular as a career girl of the swing era; she was a sex symbol of the jazz era, the spirit of the Roaring Twenties. And these newer cartoons were flopping during the Great Depression of all times. Betty’s last cartoon was 1939′s Rhythm on the Reservation, which is just as racist as it sounds. She wouldn’t be seen on the big screen again until her cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit in 1988, almost 50 years later. Her main voice actress, Mae Questel, even came back to voice her!

There have been a few (failed or unfinished) attempts to bring Betty back in animated form, but most people today probably know her by her abundance of merchandise rather than her cartoons.

So what does this have to do with Bendy? Just look at who he is as a character. Creepy behind-the-scenes occult shenanigans slowing cartoon production aside, Bendy himself is portrayed as a demon and his cartoons reference religious subjects like Hell and angels. You can’t tell me people in the 1930s didn’t try to claim it was “religious defamation” or “making light of a serious subject” or something.

If anyone else knows more about the Hays code, feel free to add your own info or correct me if I got something wrong.

A list of the classic Disney cartoon cameos in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (which is supposed to be set in 1947, though quite a few post-1947 characters appear):

Disney:  

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Minnie Mouse
  • Pluto
  • Donald Duck
  • Goofy
  • Pegleg Pete
  • Horace Horsecollar
  • Clarabell Cow
  • the merry dwarfs from The Merry Dwarfs
  • the flowers and trees from Flowers and Trees 
  • the Three Little Pigs and the Big Bad Wolf from Three Little Pigs 
  • Peter Pig from The Wise Little Hen 
  • Toby Tortoise, Max Hare, and the girl bunnies from The Tortoise and the Hare 
  • Mickey’s orphans from Orphan’s Benefit 
  • Little Red Riding Hood from The Big Bad Wolf
  • Jenny Wren from Who Killed Cock Robin? 
  • Elmer Elephant from Elmer Elephant 
  • Snow White, all seven dwarfs, and the Old Hag/Witch from Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 
  • Wynken, Blynken and Nod from Wynken, Blynken & Nod 
  • Ferdinand the bull from Ferdinand the Bull 
  • Pinocchio and Jiminy Cricket from Pinocchio 
  • the broomsticks, the cupids, the baby Pegasuses, an ostrich, and a hippo from Fantasia 
  • the Reluctant Dragon and Sir Giles from The Reluctant Dragon 
  • Dumbo, Mrs. Jumbo, Casey Jr., and the crows (as Jessica’s backing band in the Ink and Paint Club) from Dumbo
  • Bambi from Bambi
  • Chicken Little from Chicken Little
  • Jose Carioca fromSaludos Amigos
  • Monte the pelican from The Pelican and the Snipe 
  • Peter from the “Peter and the Wolf” segment of Make Mine Music 
  • Br'er Bear, the groundhogs, and the Tar Baby from Song of the South 
  • the singing harp from the “Mickey and the Beanstalk” segment ofFun & Fancy Free 
  • the animals from The Legend of Johnny Appleseed
  • Danny the lamb from So Dear to My Heart 
  • Mr. Toad and his horse Cyril from The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad 
  • Tinker-Bell from Peter Pan
  • Maleficent’s goons fromSleeping Beauty 
  • the penguins from Mary Poppins 
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