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Monday Inspirations: “Somewhere in Dreamland”

Today, I’d like to share one of my all-time favorite holiday cartoons: “Somewhere in Dreamland” by animator Max Fleischer (1936). Fleischer is remembered as one of the early pioneers of animated films, and was the creator of such classics as Betty Boop, Popeye, and Superman. “Somewhere in Dreamland” is one of the 36 pieces that Fleisher created as part of his “Color Classics” collection, intended to showcase his “stereo-optical process,” which was designed to mimic 3-D

This nine-minute short piece tells the story of two poor children during the Depression who receive an amazing Christmas surprise. I first saw this piece as a kid on the Disney Channel, back when Disney used to show lots of vintage cartoons. It’s stuck with me ever since because it’s so heart-warming and precious. It’s a little longish, but I think it’s definitely worth a watch.

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  1. That’s such a cute cartoon. Ah, the old style of animation is so sweet. Thanks for sharing it, I know I’ve seen it before, but a long, long time ago.
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  2. I love those old cartoons! So sweet. Thanks for sharing Lena 🙂
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  3. These old Disney cartoons are awesome. I’d totally forgotten about this one. Thanks for sharing, Lena!
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  4. So sweet. I love the old-style cartoons. You put a big smile on my face. I really needed it! Thank you 🙂
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  5. Adorable! I don’t think I’ve ever watched a classic cartoon… Now I see what I’ve been missing. 🙂
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    • It makes me really sad that classic cartoons have all but disappeared from the airwaves. The Disney channel used to show these little shorts, as well as the mid-20th century Mickey and Friends cartoons, all the time, but now all their programming as been replaced with current-day stuff. I’m really grateful that I can find so many of these old gems on youtube.

  6. Such a nice touch of nostalgia. I love the old cartoons! Thanks for sharing this one.
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  7. Every post from you is worthwhile, Lena.
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  8. what a wonderful trip down memory lane. It’s amazing to see how cartoons have changed. thanks for the smile
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    • Animation really has come a long way, hasn’t it? I was reading up on this “stereo-optical process” and thinking about how it is a world away from the computer-animation that Pixar and other studios have been able to create. So much progress in under a century!

  9. I’m a big Betty Boop fan and love Fleischer’s animation. And I think I’ve seen this cartoon! It looks so familiar and brings back those vague kind of memories. Thanks, Lena. Another fun post!
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  10. Thanks for posting this, Lena. Monday inspiration indeed =D
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