I got this suprising article by Disney trivia guru Jim Hill(http://www.jimhillmedia.com/main/index.htm) In the April 11, 2003 edition of Jim's Q & A section "Why For?"(I can't direct link it, you'll have to look it up from the link above), Jim reported that Disney animators actually made a 10-15 second X-rated pencil test involving Jimmny Cricket and Tinker Bell. Jim then went on with this piece of trivia: ___________________________________________________________ Mind you, it wasn't just Disney employees that did this sort of thing. This short Tinker Bell and Jiminey Cricket sequence would probably seem positively tame in comparison with the one reel pornographic epic -- starring Popeye and Betty Boop, no less -- that Max Fleischer reportedly had produced back in September of 1938. This legendary film was allegedly created as sort of a coarse "Thank You" present to all those artists who agreed to come on down to Florida when the Fleischer Studio relocated from New York City to Miami, FL. This particular cartoon -- according to those folks that I've interviewed who claimed to have attended the Fleischer "Welcome to Miami" party -- wasn't just 10 to 15 seconds of finished pencil work. No, this one reel wonder was supposedly fully inked and painted with detailed backgrounds full of stylized Florida landscapes. It also featured a full vocal track as well as a musical score. More importantly, it was said to be outrageously amusing ... with Betty Boop giving Popeye an extremely warm welcome for making the long trip down to Miami. (I'm told that a highlight of the film came when Popeye -- after an extremely strenuous session with Betty -- downed a can of spinach and ... well, you can guess the rest, can't you?) That film -- to my knowledge -- was only shown once publicly at this "Welcome to Miami" party at Fleischer Studios. After that, Max reportedly locked the only copy of this toon away in the Fleischer Studio safe. (Though I've also heard tell that Max would occasionally screen the cartoon for special male visitors who were touring the Florida facility.) Once the Fleischer brothers were forced out of their own animation studio by Paramount Pictures executives in 1942, the reel reportedly dropped from sight. Lost to the ages, I suppose. I don't suppose that any of you JHM readers out there might know what actually became of that Jiminey Cricket / Tinker Bell pornographic pencil footage and/or that one reel epic that Max Fleischer reportedly had made of Betty Boop and Popeye mating? If either of these two films were to ever resurface ... well, wouldn't that make one hell of a story? _____________________________________________________________ I was wondering if Jerry Beck, Matthew, or any of the cartoon researchers here at ToonZone knew any of this supposed cartoon? Of course, you could always ask Jim if you have any questions on the matter.