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Candy Town (1933)

by Nicholas Sammond

This animation opens with a girl and boy cat rowing a boat in a bay, singing "Moonlight Bay." They begin discussing whether the moon is made of cheese or desserts, and the moon comes alive and invites them up silvery stairs to see for themselves. The moon is filled with desserts, and the couple eats and dances with abandon. They are invited to play musical instruments made of candy, and continue dancing. A bottle of castor oil and a spoon chase them away once they become sick from eating too much, and they fall back to earth. They thank the moon, which sings to them as they row away.

The cartoon is particularly interesting in terms of its being produced during the Great Depression and the rise of popular jazz and swing music. When the cats play candy instruments, they fully combine a pleasure for dance and music with that of eating. It becomes a celebration of all senses and modes of fulfillment, and potentially equalizes those pleasures. Perhaps entertainment and joy of animation, music, and dance replace luxurious food in a time of Depression, and demonstrate themselves to be of crucial necessity.

Candy Town (1933)

A girl and boy cat rowing a boat begin discussing whether the moon is made of cheese or desserts, so the moon invites them up its stairs to see for themselves. The moon is full of dessert, and they fall back to earth after eating their fill.

from Aesop's Fables Series - Candy Town (1933)
Creator: Amadee J. van Beuren
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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