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:
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