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Cartoons Featuring
"Middle Eastern" Themes

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With "Middle Eastern Dance" Scenes

Title

Year

Star Character

Screen Image

Comments

1001 Arabian Nights 1959 Mr. Magoo Mr Magoo A group of three women in harem pants and face veils dance. Total scene length about 1 1/4 minutes.
Adventures of Prince Ahmed 1926 Pari Banu Prince Ahmed Animation technique manipulates elaborate paper cutouts. Dance scene about 22 seconds, followed by a catfight.
Aladdin & His Wonderful Lamp 1934 No recognizable names Aladdin Very simple 10-second "dance" scene. Produced by Ub Iwerks.
Ali Baba Bunny 1947 Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck Bugs Bugs pretends to be a genie and does a few seconds of head slides and hip slides. View the mini-review or vote in the opinion poll.
Arabiantics 1928 Felix the Cat Dancers Dance scene lasts just over a minute. Starts with moves resembling the hokey pokey, ends with shimmies.
Carnival Capers 1932 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit Dancer

A dancer's shimmies are used to blend a milkshake. 42 seconds long. The character of Oswald was created by Disney in the 1920's, but Universal Pictures retained ownership.

After Universal parted company with Disney, it gave the character to Walter Lantz (creator of Woody Woodpecker) and this is one of the Oswald cartoons produced by Lantz.

Chain Gang 1930 Mickey Mouse Mickey Prisoners break into song and dance, including a 25-second "Oriental" bit to the song "Streets of Cairo".
Chicken a la King 1937 No big names Chicken a la King A harem of hens dances for a rooster sultan. It's not exactly belly dance. View the mini-review or vote in the opinion poll.
Egyptian Daze (sometimes titled Mummy O' Mine) 1926 Mutt & Jeff Mutt and Jeff Dancing lasts only 18 seconds, but contains some shimmies and hip circles
Good Time for a Dime 1941 Daisy & Donald Duck Daisy Duck Daisy Duck performs a brief dance of the seven veils in a penny arcade
Goofy Goat Antics 1933 No big names Goat An accordion briefly "belly dances". Click here to watch a brief clip from the cartoon.
Gypped in Egypt 1930 Waffles the Cat & Don Dog Gypped in Egypt A skeleton belly dances with its rib bones as if they were finger cymbals.
Homer's Night Out 1990 The Simpsons Homer A photo of Homer Simpson dancing with a belly dancer ignites a scandal
Insultin' the Sultan 1934 Willie the Whopper Willie the Whopper There are three "belly dance" scenes, each no more than 4-5 seconds in length. By Ub Iwerks studio.
King Tut's Tomb 1950 Heckle & Jeckle Heckle and Jeckle Dance scene is 39 seconds, mostly Pharaonic in style with a few head slides
Lil Ol' Bosko in Bagdad 1938 Lil Ol' Bosko Bosko The 25-second dance scene sort of resembles belly dancing, if you use your imagination.
Mr. Piper & the Story of Ali Baba 1960 No big names Mr Piper Dance scene, only 10 seconds long, resembles how modern-day belly dancers do veil work.
Popeye Aladdin's Wonderful Lamp 1939 Popeye, Olive Oyl Olive Oyl Popeye retrieves a lamp with a genie from a cave and becomes rich.
Sultan's Birthday 1944 Mighty Mouse Mighty A sexy female mouse does a belly dance that lasts about 1 1/2 minutes to entertain the Sultan on his birthday.

 

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Middle Eastern Themes, But No Dance

Title

Year

Star Character

Screen Image

Comments

A-Lad-In His Lamp 1948 Bugs Bunny Bugs A genie takes Bugs to Bagdad
Aladdin's Lamp 1947 Mighty Mouse Aladdin An evil cat abducts Aladdin's daughter. View the opinion poll, a mini-review, and a brief clip from the cartoon.
Ali Baba 1936 No big names   By Ub Iwerks studio. Ali Baba and his son find the treasure cave of the Forty Thieves
Ali Baba Bound 1940 Porky Pig Porky Porky Pig in the French Foreign Legion. Click here to watch a brief clip from the cartoon.
Big Bad Sindbad 1952 Popeye, Bluto   Popeye tells his nephews about his battle with Sindbad (Bluto)
Genie With the Light Pink Fur 1966 Pink Panther   A genie persuades the Pink Panther to become the genie of a lamp
Hassan Chop 1982 Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck   A shortened version of Ali Baba Bunny, with the head slides and hip slides removed
Mickey In Arabia 1932 Mickey & Minnie Mouse Mickey Mickey & Minnie Mouse go sight-seeing in Arabia
Pink of Arabee 1976 Pink Panther   The Pink Panther encounters a snake charmer
Pink of Bagdad 1978 Pink Panther   Remake of Pink of Arabee
Popeye Meets Ali Baba's 40 Thieves 1937 Popeye, Olive Oyl, Bluto   The Forty Thieves raid an oasis where Popeye and Olive Oyl are refreshing themselves, and kidnap Olive Oyl
Porky in Egypt 1938 Porky Pig Porky Porky and his camel get lost in the desert and his camel goes mad
Sahara Hare 1955 Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Daffy Duck   Bugs Bunny takes refuge in a fort when pursued by Yosemite Sam.
Sultan Pepper 1934 Little King Sultan Series of sight gags loosely strung together with almost no plot

 

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