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Cartoon: Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure

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America’s First Naughty Cartoon.

Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure is a short created by 3 studios in 1929. 

The name is a pun on “ever-ready hard-on.”

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Mystery surrounds the origin of this short film. The artists are still unknown to this day, but there is much speculation on the likely creators of this piece. Legend has it that a small group of well-known animators screened the film for a private party in honor of cartoon pioneer Winsor McCay in 1929. The plot of the short was likely based on an episode of The Little Rascals titled: “Buried Treasure”.

The film was split among animators, who had no context of what happened in other scenes of the film. It’s rumored that Paul Terry, Max Fleischer, and the Mutt and Jeff studio were heavily involved in it’s creation.

The film found its true release in the late 1970’s after decades of censorship. It was screened in San Francisco and archivists notably credited George Canata, George Stalling, Rudy Zamora, Sr., and Walter Lantz.

In 2002, the film was theatrically released in the compilation titled: The Good Old Naughty Days.

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