Dancing on the Moon, 1932
This fantastic must see, Color Classic from 1935 offers a remarkable example of the Fleischers' vision, creativity and technical inventiveness. A prescursor to today's music videos, it includes 3-D effects.
The Cat's moon-walking dance moves, in which one appears to be pulled backwards while trying to walk forward, had actually been performed as early as 1932 by Cab Calloway (check him out in another Fleischer classic, “Minnie the Moocher”). At the time, this move was known at “The Buzz,” later it became one of Michael Jackson's signature moves known, interestingly, as "The Moonwalk."
The enchanting 3-D effect used throughout this cartoon was achieved through the use of one of the Fleischer's numerous inventions; the Stereoptical Camera, or “set-back” in which actual miniature sets were built to serve as background for the animated characters. The Fleischers often used popular music of the day as the launching pad for their work; very much like music videos are built around pop songs today.