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YMMV / Swing, You Sinners!

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  • Awesome Animation:
    • The surreal nature of the animation is played for all it's worth, and the results are very impressive. One especially noteworthy scene is when the walls of the cemetery close in on Bimbo, phasing through other objects.
    • Good parts of the interior of the barn sequence, where everything, including the background itself is animated.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: The brief caricature of Jewish comedian Monroe Silver, which is the only non-malicious ghost and doesn't contribute anything to the short.
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  • Designated Villain: Sure, Bimbo stole a chicken, but did he really deserve the torment and death given to him by the ghosts? He even pleads that he's made an effort to be a better person and has learned his lesson, but they don't relent.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Many have interpreted the cartoon as a metaphor for the racially-motivated lynch mobs from the time, due to it being about a dark-colored character being menaced by white ghosts for stealing a chicken. This is despite the fact that, as mentioned under Values Dissonance, stealing food was a much bigger crime during the Great Depression than it is today, and anyone could get punished for it, regardless of race.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: Early in the cartoon, the hen carries Bimbo on its back in a way that calls to mind the Talon Trot from Banjo-Kazooie.
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  • Nightmare Fuel: The short is very funny, but much of the imagery and tone is downright nightmarish, especially if you look at the events from Bimbo's perspective.
  • Offending the Creator's Own: Some modern audiences have criticized the short for the stereotypical caricature of Jewish comedian Monroe Silver, despite the fact that the Fleischers themselves were Jewish and most likely knew what they were doing. The caricature's trademark hand movements is a direct homage to Silver's own routine.
  • Values Dissonance: Putting aside the caricatures and bleached-up blackface, stealing a chicken was a much graver sin back during The Great Depression, when food was relatively scarce (to the point where people sometimes went weeks without a bite to eat).
  • What Do You Mean, It Wasn't Made on Drugs?