Saturday Matinee: Bimbo’s Initiation

“Bimbo’s Initiation” (1931) is an unnerving and surreal Fleischer Studio short animation. It’s an early example of mass media featuring blatant occult symbolism and has influenced a number of artists such as Jim Woodring (the Frank cartoons), Richard Elfman (Forbidden Zone), Joe Dante (Twilight Zone: The Movie) and Jared Moldenhauer (the Cuphead video game).

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