Monday, July 13, 2009
Honeymoon Hotel is quite notable in animation history for being the first Warner Brothers cartoon released in color. (Well, a limited approximation of color, using just two colors to stand in surprisingly well for the full spectrum.) And yet it rarely screens today, and I can't even find it on DVD. What gives?
Well, as much as we tend to think of the old cartoons as kid stuff today, the fact is that they were meant for adult audiences. (That's why a lot of really shocking stuff gets trimmed out when those cartoons air on TV nowadays.) Honeymoon Hotel starts off in a cute little bug world, where cute little bug people ride around in their cute little bug cars... And then the short makes an abrupt left turn into a raunchy tale about two newlywed bugs who are desperate for some privacy so they can finally consummate their marriage. It's some fun stuff, but it's probably not safe for work and it's definitely not for kids.
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