Sunday, October 05, 2008

McCain and Palin 75 years ago

The Republican ticket of Sen. John McCain and Gov. Sarah Palin can be seen through various prisms, depending on the point. For this little exercise I'm saying that Max Fleischer, creator of some of the best animated short subjects ever, anticipated both McCain and Palin with two of his best known characters, Popeye and Betty Boop.

Click on the YouTube video above for "Betty Boop for President," released in 1932 (note Betty's Palin-esque winking).

This next Betty Boop cartoon (1933) introduces Popeye to movie audiences. He was already a hit in comic strips -- click here. McCain's uncanny resemblance to Popeye the Sailor can't be denied.

For Betty Boop in "Minnie the Moocher" (with Cab Calloway music) -- click here.

For Betty Boop in "Ha Ha Ha" click here.

Here's Popeye in "Big Chief Ugh Amugh Ugh" -- click here.

And, Popeye in "Nix on Hypnotricks" -- click here.

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