Jasper and the Watermelons.
Jasper and the Watermelons.

Jasper and the Watermelons.

New York: Diamond, 1945. Hard Cover. Pictorial covers. Color illustrations on every page by George Pal who was the Paramount star of George Pal's puppetoons. Cover at spine has tape. Spine absent. Some crayon marks on back endpapers. A one inch closed tear to one of the pages. Pages intact. fair/acceptable. Item #45233

stereotypical renderings. scarce."The "Jasper" series of Puppetoons was made from 1942-1946, and even then were criticised for being racist. George Pal was a peaceful man who was shocked when people were offended --- he never intended to be hostile. Indeed, Pal had a great respect for African-American culture, particularly their music and folklore: he loved to incorporate Jazz music in his films, and of course, he filmed a wonderful adaptation of "John Henry".

People were (and still are) offended by the Jasper character's design, the fact that he lives in a shack with his "Mammy", and has such a gullible nature (although one could argue that gullible characters have been a mainstay of comedy throughout film history --- from Elmer Fudd to Forrest Gump).

Price: $80.00

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