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PopKorn Kat  
#1 Posted : Sunday, April 16, 2017 1:43:04 AM(UTC)
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The Tralfaz blog has a post that reproduces snippets from The Film Daily that mention a cartoon series by the name of “Cartune Newsreels”. The Film Daily has a review from January 11, 1931, so we know that at least one was completed, but I haven’t seen any reviews past that date, and I don’t know where the films went after that.

Does anyone have any more information on these films or their whereabouts?
R. Araya  
#2 Posted : Friday, April 21, 2017 6:28:55 AM(UTC)
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As the "Film Daily" piece says, the cartoons consisted in lampooning newsreels, hence the name.

The Rudolph Mayer studio was just one of a dozen upstarts that wanted to cash in the cartoon craze of the era (the mythic Romer Grey studio is the most famous example). But apparently, most of them churned out really crummy products unlikely to have any potential outside from being novelties (the only known surviving Kolortone cartoon--"An Egyptian Gyp" is available in YT). To boot, the Depression led to the consolidation of the "double feature", gradually killing the "shorts exchange" (offices holding rights for short films in specific territories).

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Zachary  
#3 Posted : Saturday, April 22, 2017 2:19:29 PM(UTC)
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What I'd like to know is if any of Bill Nolan's "Newslaffs" shorts are known to survive.
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