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Jasper and the Haunted House

by Nicholas Sammond

In George Pal's Puppetoons series, hand-carved dolls were photographed to produce a type of stop-motion animation, and each movement or expression had its own separate piece. This particular short, Jasper and the Haunted House, features several stereotypical representations of black people, particularly in the main character Jasper, a pickaninny about to deliver a gooseberry pie to Deacon Jones. Encountering Professor Scarecrow and Blackbird, both caricatures again, on his way there to the Jones' house, wanting a piece of the pie, the Professor and the Bird trick Jasper into going the wrong way, onto the path to the Haunted House.

Puppetoons: Jasper and the Haunted House

In this George Pal stop-motion Puppetoons short, Jasper encounters Professor Scarecrow and Blackbird on his way to delivering a gooseberry pie to Deacon Jones' house, but instead is misled, wandering into a haunted house.

from Puppetoons Series (1942)
Creator: George Pal
Distributor: Paramount Pictures
Posted by Nicholas Sammond