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Amateur Nite (1929)

by Nicholas Sammond

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit goes to an Amateur Nite show, having to give his lame and tired horse crutches in order to get there. At the show Oswald sees many acts, such as the "Hippy Hippos", "St. Louie Blues", and "Quacky Quacks". His reaction is usually opposite the other members of the audience, who force him to react the same way as them. All of the acts are performed by animal characters with distinctly black bodies and white lips, echoing the use of blackface and minstrel performance. Furthermore, each act descends into laughableness as these black/blackface-echoing bodies become out of the character's control, becoming a humour that is literally disembodied from them. The hippos, dancing in a line, have their pants fall down continuously until they are pulled offstage. The St. Louie Blues performer gyrates until his entire lanky body unwinds, ceasing to be under his control at all.

Amateur Nite (1929)

Oswald the Lucky Rabbit goes to an Amateur Nite show, where he sees the "Hippy Hippos", "St. Louie Blues", and "Quacky Quacks". His reaction is usually opposite the other members of the audience, who force him to react the same way as them.

from Oswald the Lucky Rabbit - Amateur Nite (1929)
Creator: Walter Lantz
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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