Blu-ray and DVD geeks will probably think less of me for this, but when I'm in a dollar store or out bargain shopping I feel compelled to snatch up every single cheapie, old timey cartoon DVD I can find. It's almost like seeing a unicorn in the wild when I come across these things. Cartoons from my grandparent's era have always been far more intriguing than the overly commercialized programs that populate TV screens today. The stories were much darker and filled with sexist, racist and violent imagery, that spoke of a different social climate.

Take this 1929 Mickey Mouse cartoon for example -- The Karnival Kid. It's boasted as being Mickey's first ever speaking role, which was news to me since I had always considered the animated short Steamboat Willie his first real gig. Willie was the first cartoon to feature synchronized sound but the mouse is mute the entire time. Mickey's first spoken words in Karnival Kid were "Hot dogs, hot dogs!" which he hawks to a festive crowd. Hopefully you haven't been absent from cartoon-land for so long that you've forgotten how these things work. Cows, pigs, cats and monkeys run the show and Mickey's lifelong paramour, Minnie, dances the cooch (god I miss Carnivàle). The best part about the cartoon is that Mickey isn't the squeaky snoozefest we've come to know him as -- Karnival Kid paints him as a real wisenheimer who vies for Minnie's attention by serving her one of his animated hot dogs (they bark and dance!). The actual serving of the hot dogs scene is fun and a little disturbing -- he even bends one over his knee for a spanking.

I'll let you watch the rest and find out if Mickey gets the girl -- so check it out after the jump.