“The Ultimate Depression-Era Cartoon”

It’s been far too long since we watched a Scrappy cartoon together. And what a Scrappy cartoon to watch: The Flop House (1932), the one which Paul Etcheverry and Will Friedwald’s pioneering article on Scrappy rightly called “perhaps the ultimate depression-era cartoon.”

The flop house in question is operated by Scrappy, and all the customers are down-on-their-luck animals — except for Scrappy’s brother Oopy. This is the Scrappyverse, so the premise is no odder than those of numerous other cartoons in the series. I’ve watched this probably fifty times and never get tired of it — but if you’re about to be entertained by it for the first time, I’m jealous.

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