Pitts, ZaSu

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004


    Scatterbrained character comedienne whose zany presence and “oh me, oh my” characterizations livened many comedies through the 1930s. Pitts was the model for Mae Questel’s characterization of Olive Oyl in the Fleischer Studio’s Popeye cartoons. According to Katz, the name ZaSu was derived from combing the names of two of her aunts, Eliza and Susan.

    The mama pig at the end of Farm Frolics (Clampett, 1941) wearily observes in a ZaSu-like voice, “Ohhhh, deeeaar -- every daaay its the saaaame thing.”

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