MGM's first animated cartoon (1934)

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Friday, 1 September 2017

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Everyone nowadays has grown up watching cartoons. Everybody knows the all too familiar cat and mouse Tom and Jerry. Most of us could sing the Pink Panther theme song without having to think a second. And everybody recognizes the lion’s roar and the golden circle, mascot of MGM, Metro Goldwyn Mayer.

Happy Harmonies
On the first of September in the year 1934 MGM released their first cartoons. This cartoon was also the first in the series ‘Happy Harmonies’. The cartoon was named ‘The Discontented Canary’. It followed a canary who wanted to fly outside of his cage. But once he saw wat the outside world was like, he realised he was much happier in his safe cage.
Happy Harmonies was produced by Hugh Harman and Rudolf Ising. The series went on for another four years, featuring many famous cartoon characters.

In the years 1930 to 1940 MGM was on the lead when it came to animations. The corporation was created from a merge with the two companies Metro Pictures and Goldwyn Productions. The company was founded by Marcus Leow. Years later his son married Mildred Zukor, the daughter of Adolph Zukor. He happened to be the founder of Paramount Pictures.

360 trivial facts
Harman and Ising actually used to work for Walt Disney’s studio. They worked on Oswald the Lucky rabbit who was the precursor of the famous mouse. The work of Harman and Ising birthed the style that is now strongly associated with Disney.


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