Holiday Free Culture Fun

Merry Christmas

Looking for something to fill your down time (or keep the kids occupied) on the holidays?

After you’ve watched all your favourite Christmas movies, you will probably be in the mood for a change.  That’s when I’d break out some awesome free culture cartoons.  I love the Dave Fleisher Superman shorts; fortunately for us, they fell into the public domain, this emancipation makes them free to watch, share, copy.  Woo hoo!

[download all the Fleisher Superman films here for better quality]

There are many more, and many more free culture animated shorts to be found in the Internet Archive… like this Roger Ramjet flashback to my childhood:


This one was the cause of a lawsuit by the Fleischer Studios because shirts, coffee mugs and other materials had Betty Boop’s likeness on them. This film is still public domain and the studio lost in court.

Betty Boop: “Let Me Call You Sweetheart:”

As Nina Paley reminds us:

If you haven’t seen Nina’s Sita Sings the Blues, make sure to carve out an hour and a half to watch the most awesome breakup movie ever told:

Find these and more on the pages of Internet Archive’s Animation Shorts
They’ve got a pretty decent collection of Feature Films, too.

Merry Christmas!   Joyeux Noël!   Rõõmsaid Jõulupühi!   Geseënde Kersfees!   عيد ميلاد مجيد  
Frohe Weihnachten!   Gleðileg jól!   Mitho Makosi Kesikansi!  Sretan Božić  
Niibaa’ Anami’egiizhigad & Aabita Biboo
Prettige Feestdagen



The Kittens’ First Snow

I remember being shocked when a vet told me that cats who are allowed out doors on their own have a 3 year life expectancy. Even just for short bits. Because outside is dangerous. So we were resolved that the kittens would be indoor cats. The only time they are allowed out is in harness. This also ought to be much safer for squirrels and chipmunks and birds.

Ginger cat (Murray) wades through snow

They were still quite small last winter, so although they’ve looked out the window at it, they’d never been out in snow. Still, our kittens have been lobbying to go our doors. There has been the odd escape attempt, but so far they’ve been easy to catch. But they see all the other critters out there, including neighbor cats. And of course squirrels and chipmunks and birds. So they’ve been out on harness this past summer, but this is the first time they’ve been up close and personal with snow.

Two leashed & harnessed ginger cats discover snow

ginger cat's leash is wound around

ginger cat in snow
It's cold!

Indoor Cat

ginger cat watches snow falling
It's wet!

The boys made it pretty clear that they would rather be indoor cats, thanks. Right Murray?

Ginger cat sits in the snow looking at camera