|Released by Paramount | Directed By Dave Fleischer
Swing You Sinners: Death Becomes Him
Swing You Sinners is eight minutes long and contains more imagination than features ten times its length. Or, as in modern blockbusters starring CGI trees, 20. The plot is simple enough: Bimbo tries to catch a chicken for dinner and instead lands a police officer. Escaping him, he ends up in a cemetery where all sorts of unearthly horrors await.
There’s no dialogue for most of it, relying on instruments and the song to carry most of the action. Fleischer, Sears and Bowsky use it as a clothesline to hang as many blackly comic bits on it as they can, from the tree slapping Bimbo on the rear to a barn coming to life and chasing him down a pathway to hell.
It’s a fun, visceral treat, and a good precursor to the jazzier, more polished “Minnie the Moocher.” But polish isn’t everything.
Awards, Accolades & Availability
- This film is available on YouTube.
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Mjm · February 27, 2015 at 1:03 am
Correction: it’s Bimbo starring in this cartoon
Danny · February 27, 2015 at 8:17 am
Oh duh. Thanks
Andrew Gilmore · March 3, 2015 at 5:28 pm
Another correction: more than two people animated on this cartoon, it’s just that only two got screen credit. There would be a whole crew of animators on a given cartoon and only two names would be listed onscreen. This was standard in both the Fleischer and Warner Brothers cartoons of the ’30s.
The only exception I know of is the Fleischers’ “Snow White” in which Roland Crandall did in fact animate the entire cartoon himself.
Danny · March 7, 2015 at 6:31 pm
Good point, Andrew. Thanks.
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