The Hottest Man in Siam

56 Pages Posted: 25 Feb 2015

Date Written: February 24, 2015


The Greatest Man in Siam is a Walter Lantz cartoon from 1943. It has a pseudo-Oriental setting and depicts a contest to win the hand of a young princess. The losers present themselves as intelligent, rich, and athletic, respectively, while the winner is a good musician and dancer. He’s also the only one who plays attention to the princess and doesn’t insult the king. The cartoon ends with everyone dancing, thus affirming communal values over individual accomplishment. Just before the end there is a virtuoso dance sequence between the couple; it was superbly animated by Pat Matthews.

Keywords: cartoon, animation, film, movie, analysis, method, description

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Benzon, William L., The Hottest Man in Siam (February 24, 2015). Available at SSRN: or

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