The Lügenorange and his pump truppets are all about making America great again. They never gave us a time when it was great (because they’re stupid and it’s always been great), but they keep insinuating that the time was when everybody knew their place. Which I guess places that in the early to middle 20th century, perhaps, because in the ’50s and ’60s, shit started to get real?
So here’s the kiddie entertainment they so yearn for, from the 1940s.
OK. So the crows are black and talking jive. And when the main crow wakes up the sleepers, the mouse says “What are you boys doing down here anyway?”
Boys, huh? OK, we’ll let that slide for now.
“Dumbo” was made in 1941. Not exactly the best time for race relations in America. But, for argument’s sake, let’s say that the filmmakers weren’t playing on stereotypes, or making a racial statement.
But let’s take a trip to the Internet Movie Database to look at the characters, specifically, the leader of the crows:
Jim Crow (voice) (uncredited)
Oh, Jim Crow? Now where have I heard that before?
Jim Crow was the name of the racial caste system which operated primarily, but not exclusively in southern and border states, between 1877 and the mid-1960s. Jim Crow was more than a series of rigid anti-black laws. It was a way of life. Under Jim Crow, African Americans were relegated to the status of second class citizens. Jim Crow represented the legitimization of anti-black racism.
That’s pretty racist. Let’s try again.
At least Disney gave black actors a chance to make money in their craft at a time when discrimination was basically the law of the land and film opportunities were hard to come by, right? Let’s look at the voice of “Dumbo’s” Jim Crow, Cliff Edwards:
I give up.
When my son was a toddler, he would take the VHS tape and play the animated version over and over again.
This is one of the few children’s movies I didn’t mind watching over and over again.
Yeah, I caught most of these the first time I saw “Shrek” and its sequels.
A little song, a little dance, a little seltzer down the pants.
Mary Tyler Moore was 80. She could turn the world on with her smile.
So what would you do if the girl from “The Ring” came out of your TV?
A totally reasonable reaction, right?
Like this scene from the movie Samsara: