–> Thx: G.K.!
A brief recap. An old Betty Boop cartoon by Max Fleischer is an astonishing and surreal piece of work, and happens to feature a Cab Calloway rendition of “St. James Infirmary.” Fleischer made several cartoons featuring jazz works. The 1933 Boop cartoon (considered a classic) features the character Koko the clown — referenced by The White Stripes in their cover of “SJI,” which throws in an extra verse that I believe must have been inspired by the vintage cartoon.
A while ago I started hearing that a new cartoon was in the works. And that it would be produced under the auspices of Preservation Hall, which has been balancing out its deep traditions with new ideas. Details emerged last month: The new animation would feature a version of “SJI” remixed by King Britt, whose work I like a lot.
So the above video is the result. I think it’s pretty great, and the animation is full of nice references and allusions that will demand a separate post … later.
P.S.: Gambit’s site also compares this cartoon to “Steamboat Willie,” here.
P.P.S.: Friend of no notes Alex Rawls has some great info and observations on this, here.