Philosopher George Santayana once said, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it,” and so revisiting history via its primary sources should be no less important in studying the history of comics and animation. And with the benefit of our own personal wayback machines (spelled WABAC for you Mr. Peabody fans) sometimes our looks to the past are full of imagery and stories that make us squirm as our sensibilities have improved over time.
We visited this concept here at borg.com with our review of the even-too-sexist-for-a-Bond-novel The Spy Who Loved Me and racism-heavy Live and Let Die. Can you still enjoy these works knowing how skewed the world view was? I think the answer can be yes, as long as you maintain your critical eye and acknowledge the improvements we have made. Ignoring or dismissing these works outright would be worse.
Thanks to the folks at Warner Bros. we previewed a copy of Looney Tunes–Platinum Collection, Volume 3, on Blu-ray, and courtesy of IDW Publishing we have a preview for you of Superman: The Golden Age Sundays (1946-1949), after the break.
Who doesn’t remember and cherish the great Looney Tunes cartoons of the mid-20th century, recycled decades after their creation for a 1970s and 1980s cable viewing audience thanks to Saturday morning cartoons? But, like many comic books and superhero movies today, you might use discretion before sharing with young audiences. Even the originals were intended for adult movie audiences and it’s amazing networks thought these were once appropriate for kids each Saturday. And where you may think you watched these cartoons and turned out fine and bigot-free, what about that guy across the street?