Friday, June 29, 2018

Top Cat: All That Jazz (1961)


Top Cat: “All That Jazz” (Ep. 3; October 11,1961). The alley cats reside in a 1960s ghetto of limited opportunities, hemmed in by pool halls and bowling alleys and banged-up trash cans and broken white picket fences. And run-ins with the law. It’s a puuurfect portrayal of poor cats who want a piece of the action, even if the show’s creators never had this in mind. This might be an animated cartoon, and its characters act their comedic parts, but the unhappy reality it portrays is often no laughing matter, as growing inequalities normalize in America—and the war on the poor becomes normal, too. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Except it is worse today to be poor, since the differences are greater. If the people on the bottom look for a way out of their poverty, out of their circumstances, at times relying on ill-conceived or get-rich-quick schemes to get out of the “inner-city ghetto,” it all makes perfect sense. Such is the power of the American Dream. The urban landscape might change over the years, it might even be prettified and gentrified, but the heart of man remains the same.
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