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Dave Fleischer, Hold It (1938).

How to begin to express just how wonderful—indeed, radical—this cartoon is? A list will do the trick, at least for now: 

  1. The use of the always-surreal Fleischer Stereoptical Process.
  2. The evocation of Athanasius Kircher’s Katzenklavier, or “cat piano,” c. 1650. 
  3. The baring of the device via the “Everybody hold!” refrain.
  4. The riff on the “Girl at the Ironing Board” sequence from Dames (Busby Berkeley, 1934).
  5. The insane poses these cats can assume.
  6. That glorious explosion.