Take part in the psychedelic glow of this 1931 cartoon: “Bimbo’s Initiation”

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When I was 5 years old I watched The initiation of Bimbo, and its psychedelic glow made an everlasting impression on me.

The animated short starring Bimbo the Dog was produced in 1931 by Fleischer Studios and represents an early version of Betty Boop; Betty is part animal, with dog ears and a dog nose.

The story begins when Bimbo the dog walks down the street and falls through a manhole. He finds himself in a strange underground house, where he is confronted by a secret society of masked people who repeatedly ask him “Do you want to be a member? Do you want to be a member?”

To escape them, Bimbo must navigate a house that has come to life with many nightmarish funhouse-like traps. A knife with a biting mouth full of teeth comes out of the wall as the ground begins to move closer to Bimbo like a conveyor belt, he is swallowed through a tunnel after arriving at the last gate in a set of gates that are at the inside each. others like Russian nesting dolls, and her own shadow is beheaded.

I’m still in awe of the psychedelic nature of this cartoon, as it was made decades before the psychedelic revolution. I credit this cartoon for inspiring the strangeness of my personal artwork and my interest in surrealism.



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