Scrappy’s Going to Bermuda

If you’ve spent any time at all on this site, you know that there’s no end to ways in which Columbia promoted Scrappy in the 1930s. I’m happy to say that I don’t know about all of them yet.

For instance, I just learned that the British territory of Bermuda used the little guy as an ambassador of goodwill at an apparently elaborate exhibit in New York City in 1936.

The March 15, 1936 issue of a publication named The Motion Picture and the Family has the scoop.

Scrappy in Bermuda

There’s a lot to ruminate over here:

  • The whole affair seems to have been–like other Columbia marketing blitzes–wrapped up in the theory that cartoons were a form of education. Especially Scrappy cartoons. (I especially like the title of the presentation “The Value of Cartoons, Pedagogically.”)
  • It’s nice to see that Lester Gaba, the man who sculpted Scrappy out of soap, participated in the festivities.
  • The story says that cartoons of Scrappy traveling to Bermuda and spending time “in the Island Paradise” were part of the program. Were these created especially for this event?

Earlier, The Film Daily ran two brief items on the Bermuda exhibit, both emphasizing the serious, uplifting nature of it all.

February 3:

Scrappy in Bermuda

February 21:

Scrappy in Bermuda

Googling around the Web, I haven’t found any other references to this exhibit.

Like many things about Scrappy, the details in these articles sound dreamy, apocryphal, and generally made-up rather than factual. But boy, do I ever hope that animation or other materials relating to “Scrappy’s Going to Bermuda” are out there somewhere waiting to be uncovered…

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