In My Merry Oldsmobile 1931 Olds Motor Works; Fleischer Studios Cartoon Animation

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Sexually suggestive advertising cartoon produced by the Fleischer brothers… “You can go as far as you like with me in my merry Oldsmobile….” Follow the bouncing ball.

Originally a public domain film from the Library of Congress Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and one-pass brightness-contrast-color correction & mild video noise reduction applied.
The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).
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“In My Merry Oldsmobile” is a popular song from 1905, with music by Gus Edwards and lyrics by Vincent P. Bryan.

The song’s chorus is one of the most enduring automobile-oriented songs. The verses, which are slightly suggestive (by 1905 standards) tell of a couple who court and fall in love during a trip with a new Oldsmobile…

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Oldsmobile Division of General Motors used the song, with altered lyrics, for several decades as a marketing jingle.

The song was featured in the 1931 Fleischer Studios animated short In My Merry Automobile as a “follow the bouncing ball” sing-along feature. The short, directed by Jimmy Culhane, was produced “by arrangement and in cooperation with” the Olds Motor Works…

Fleischer Studios (/ˈflaɪʃər/) was an American corporation which originated as an animation studio located at 1600 Broadway, New York City, New York. It was founded in 1921 as Out of the Inkwell, inc. by brothers Max Fleischer and Dave Fleischer who ran the pioneering company from its inception until Paramount Pictures, the studio’s parent company and the distributor of its films, acquired ownership. In its prime, Fleischer Studios was a premier producer of animated cartoons for theaters, with Walt Disney Productions becoming its chief competitor in the 1930s.

Fleischer Studios characters included Koko the Clown, Betty Boop, Bimbo, Popeye the Sailor, and Superman. Unlike other studios, whose characters were anthropomorphic animals, the Fleischers’ most successful characters were humans (with the exception of Bimbo). The cartoons of the Fleischer Studio were very different from the Disney product, both in concept and in execution. As a result, the Fleischer cartoons were rough rather than refined, commercial rather than consciously artistic. But in their unique way, their artistry was expressed through a culmination of the arts and sciences. This approach focused on surrealism, dark humor, adult psychological elements, and sexuality, and the environments were grittier and urban, often set in squalid surroundings, reflecting the Great Depression as well as German Expressionism…

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