Friday, February 24, 2006

Latest Iranian nuttiness

In this MEMRI translation, an Iranian professor, Hasan Bolkari, gets his facts screwed up:

"There is a cartoon that children like. They like it very much, and so do adults - Tom and Jerry....
Some say that this creation by Walt Disney [sic] will be remembered forever. The Jewish Walt Disney Company gained international fame with this cartoon. It is still shown throughout the world. This cartoon maintains its status because of the cute antics of the cat and mouse - especially the mouse. "

Two problems:

1) Walt Disney was not Jewish. (Disney and Howard Hughes were just about the only major Hollywood studio magnates who were Gentiles back then, but facts are facts.)

2) Tom and Jerry were MGM cartoon characters, not Disney cartoon characters.

For the 1945 movie, "Anchors Aweigh", Gene Kelly dances with Jerry Mouse for about 4 minutes. MGM had wanted Kelly to dance with Mickey Mouse, but Mickey was under contract to Disney and the studio owner would not permit him to appear in an MGM film.

This would all be laughable if the Iranians were not so dangerous.


Blogger Ger Tzadik said...

Not only that, but there is some good evidence that Disney was outright anti-semitic. I wonder if he'd roll in his grave reading something like that?

1:40 PM  
Blogger Elster said...

Not to mention that fact that Mickey was much more of a pacifist than Jerry ever was (just ask Tom).

7:38 AM  

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