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The King of Jazz (1930) - The King of Jazz Animation

by Nicholas Sammond

This animated sequence in The King of Jazz (1930) shows how Paul Whiteman got his title as King of Jazz - on a hunting trip in Africa, when trying to save himself from a lion by playing jazz to distract it. All of the jungle animals dance along. This animation is the first two-color Technicolor cartoon released in the sound era, and features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The animation features a complex mix of jazz and popular music, referencing earlier jazz singers and pictures, such as Al Jolson's "The Jazz Singer" (1927). Thus the animation serves as a meeting ground for several playful references through its characters and their motions to music.

The King of Jazz (1930) - The King of Jazz Animation

This animated sequence in The King of Jazz (1930) shows how Paul Whiteman got his title as King of Jazz - on a hunting trip in Africa, when trying to save himself from a lion by playing jazz to distract it. All of the jungle animals dance along.

from The King of Jazz (1930)
Creator: Walter Lantz
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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