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An outstanding example of the surrealism which characterises both Fleischer Studio's art style and that of other producers at the time, ''Swing, You Sinners!'' has been referenced numerous times in media since its original release.


"Swing, You Sinners!" is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1930]] WesternAnimation/{{Talkartoons}} short, produced by Creator/FleischerStudios and featuring their character [[UnfortunateNames Bimbo]][[note]]The name Bimbo was chosen because in the 1920s the word was mostly associated with men who liked to fight.[[/note]] the dog.

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"Swing, You Sinners!" is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1930]] WesternAnimation/{{Talkartoons}} short, produced by Creator/FleischerStudios and featuring their character [[UnfortunateNames Bimbo]][[note]]The Bimbo]] the dog[[note]]The name Bimbo was chosen because in the 1920s the word was mostly associated with men who liked to fight.[[/note]] the dog.
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"Swing, You Sinners!" is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1930]] WesternAnimation/{{Talkartoons}} short, produced by Creator/FleischerStudios and featuring their character [[UnfortunateNames Bimbo]] the dog.

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"Swing, You Sinners!" is a [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1930]] WesternAnimation/{{Talkartoons}} short, produced by Creator/FleischerStudios and featuring their character [[UnfortunateNames Bimbo]] Bimbo]][[note]]The name Bimbo was chosen because in the 1920s the word was mostly associated with men who liked to fight.[[/note]] the dog.


Contrast to Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance'', a short with a similar macabre theme (but not nearly as wild). Also of note is Creator/VanBeurenStudios own [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]] of the film, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grs4j3sFfm4 "Panicky Pup".]]

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Contrast to Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance'', a short with a similar macabre theme (but not nearly as wild). Also of note is Creator/VanBeurenStudios own [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]] of the film, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grs4j3sFfm4 film, "Panicky Pup".]]


->''"Officially, LSD was first produced in 1938. We say "officially" because this cartoon says it's from 1930, [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs and there's no way it was created without massive doses of acid being pumped into everyone involved]]."''

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->''"Officially, LSD was first produced in 1938. We say "officially" because this cartoon says it's from 1930, [[WhatDoYouMeanItWasntMadeOnDrugs and there's no way it was created without massive doses of acid being pumped into everyone involved]].involved."''



* DoubleMeaningTitle: 'Swing' could either mean 'dance', befitting the [[LyricalDissonance upbeat, jazzy song number from which the short takes its name]], or it could mean 'what someone does at the end of a noose', and sure enough there's no shortage of hanging references in regards to poor Bimbo.

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* DoubleMeaningTitle: 'Swing' could "Swing" can mean either mean 'dance', "dance", befitting the [[LyricalDissonance upbeat, jazzy song number from which the short takes its name]], or it could can mean 'what "what someone does at the end of a noose', noose", and sure enough there's no shortage of hanging references in regards to poor Bimbo.Bimbo.
* FelonyMisdemeanor: The ghosts are on Bimbo's case for his history of chasing girls, stealing chickens and gambling. This is, apparently, enough to warrant a mercilessly and gleefully delivered death sentence.



* GainaxEnding: After a long chase, Bimbo gets whisked off into a bizarre ghostly world where he gets eaten by a giant skull. The End.

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* GainaxEnding: After a long chase, Bimbo gets whisked off into a bizarre ghostly world where he gets eaten by a giant skull. The End.TheEnd.



* OffModel: Bimbo's appearance frequently changes throughout the cartoon, depending on who was animating him.
* PrepareToDie: The first half of the song in the graveyard is basically the ghosts telling Bimbo this.

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* OffModel: Bimbo's appearance frequently changes throughout the cartoon, depending on who was animating him.
him in a given scene.
* OurMonstersAreWeird: They ''sure'' are. Alongside more recognizable things like {{Bedsheet Ghost}}s, animated trees and giant bats, Bimbo is terrorized by living piles of hay, singing gravestones, giant leering heads and things not really recognizable as anything.
* PrepareToDie: The first half of the song in the graveyard is basically the ghosts telling Bimbo this.to get ready to be lynched.



* SapientHouse: Once Bimbo leaves the barn, it becomes an ambulatory spirit.

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* SapientHouse: Once Bimbo leaves the barn, it becomes an ambulatory spirit.spirit and starts chasing after him.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A dark-colored character is chased by a gang (of "ghosts", at that) who want to kill him over a petty crime. Many have noted the eerie similarities between this cartoon and a lynch mob.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A dark-colored character is chased by a gang (of "ghosts", at that) who want to kill him over a petty crime. Many have noted DoubleMeaningTitle: 'Swing' could either mean 'dance', befitting the eerie similarities between this cartoon [[LyricalDissonance upbeat, jazzy song number from which the short takes its name]], or it could mean 'what someone does at the end of a noose', and a lynch mob.sure enough there's no shortage of hanging references in regards to poor Bimbo.

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* LargeHam: Most of the ghosts are this 'cause their exaggerated facial expressions.


* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A dark-colored character is chased by a gang who want to kill him over a petty crime. Many have noted the eerie similarities between this cartoon and a lynch mob.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A dark-colored character is chased by a gang (of "ghosts", at that) who want to kill him over a petty crime. Many have noted the eerie similarities between this cartoon and a lynch mob.


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* SurpriseCreepy: It starts out like any other funny little old rubber-hose cartoon, but it doesn't take long for things to start getting ''dark''.

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* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: A dark-colored character is chased by a gang who want to kill him over a petty crime. Many have noted the eerie similarities between this cartoon and a lynch mob.

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* ProfileViewGag: At one point, we see a creature that looks like a circle with a face and legs dancing. Then it turns to the side, and we see that not only is its body long rather than sphere-shaped, but there are two identical creatures behind it.


Contrast to Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance'', a short with a similar macabre theme (but not nearly as wild). Also of note is VanBeurenStudios own [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]] of the film, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grs4j3sFfm4 "Panicky Pup".]]

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Contrast to Creator/{{Disney}}'s ''WesternAnimation/TheSkeletonDance'', a short with a similar macabre theme (but not nearly as wild). Also of note is VanBeurenStudios Creator/VanBeurenStudios own [[FollowTheLeader knockoff]] of the film, [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Grs4j3sFfm4 "Panicky Pup".]]


* InformedFlaw: The ghosts let us know that Bimbo is a gambler and a shameless womanizer on top of being a thief, but we only ever see evidence of the latter.

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* InformedFlaw: The opening scene establishes that Bimbo's a thief. The ghosts let us know that Bimbo is a gambler and a shameless womanizer on top of being a thief, womanizer, as well, but we only ever never see any evidence of the latter.those.


The short begins with Bimbo making a nighttime raid on a hen-house, attempting to steal one of the chickens. After a humorous scuffle with one of the hens, a police officer shows up and begins chasing him. Bimbo evades capture (albeit losing the hen and its chicks along the way) but winds up trapped inside a graveyard, where a legion of wily ghosts unite to not only scare the life out of him for his crime, but eventually spirit him away.

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The short begins with Bimbo making a nighttime raid on a hen-house, attempting to steal one of the chickens. After a humorous scuffle with one of the hens, a police officer shows up and begins chasing him. Bimbo evades capture (albeit losing the hen and its chicks along the way) but winds up trapped inside a graveyard, where a legion of wily ghosts unite to not only scare the life out of terrorize him for his crime, life of crime and debauchery, but eventually spirit him away.



* DangerouslyCloseShave: One of the ghosts turns into and emerges from a barber pole, promising Bimbo this and lampshading it.

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* DangerouslyCloseShave: One of the ghosts turns into and emerges from a barber pole, promising Bimbo this a "permanent shave" and lampshading it.



* InformedFlaw: The ghosts let us know that Bimbo is a gambler and a womanizer on top of being a thief, but we only ever see evidence of the latter.

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* InformedFlaw: The ghosts let us know that Bimbo is a gambler and a shameless womanizer on top of being a thief, but we only ever see evidence of the latter.



* LaserGuidedKarma: To modern viewers, Bimbo trying to steal a chicken is a petty crime at worst and certainly doesn't warrant being whisked off into oblivion, but this film ''was'' made during TheGreatDepression, when food was scarce, and people often went for days, sometimes even ''weeks'' without food, so Bimbo's crime is far was a far graver sin than what modern viewers would think.

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* LaserGuidedKarma: To modern viewers, Bimbo trying to steal a chicken is a petty crime at worst and certainly doesn't warrant being whisked off into oblivion, but this film ''was'' made during TheGreatDepression, when food was scarce, and people often went for days, sometimes even ''weeks'' without food, so Bimbo's crime is far was a far graver sin than what modern viewers would think.believe.


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* PrepareToDie: The first half of the song in the graveyard is basically the ghosts telling Bimbo this.


* FairForItsDay: Putting aside the caricatures, and bleached up blackface, stealing a chicken was a much graver sin back when food was relatively scarce.

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