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Clean Pastures (1937) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series Clean Pastures

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>A Vitaphone Production
  • A Vitaphone Production
  • Animated Characters: Fats Waller, Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, St. Peter, Stepin Fetchit (The Heaven All-Stars), Satan, Bill "Bojangles" Robinson, Al Jolson, Mills Brothers.
  • Originally Released in 1937.
  • Production Number: 7876.
    MPAA: 3265
  • Running Time: 8:10 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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Includes caricatures of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, Fats Waller, Al Jolson (singing "Sonny Boy" in blackface) and more.

In 1968, United Artists (then owners of the A.A.P. library of pre-1948 Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons) compiled the cartoons they considered too potentially offensive to be shown on television, and withheld those cartoons from distribution. AT that time, UA felt that these eleven cartoons should be withheld from broadcast because the depictions of black people in the cartoons were deemed too offensive for contemporary audiences.

This cartoon is one of those withheld from distribution, one of the so-called "Censored 11." (The "Eleven" are: Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land (MM,1931), Sunday Go to Meetin' Time (MM, 1936), Clean Pastures (MM, 1937), Uncle Tom's Bungalow (MM, 1937), Jungle Jitters (1938), The Isle of Pingo Pongo (MM, 1938), All This and Rabbit Stew (MM, 1941), Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (MM, 1943), Tin Pan Alley Cats (MM, 1943), Angel Puss (LT, 1944), and Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears (MM, 1944)). More recently, when Ted Turner became owner of the library, he continued the ban, and refused to allow any of these cartoons to be shown or released on video. To date, these shorts have not been officially broadcast on television since 1968.

Songs include: "Save Me Sister" (Harold Arlen-E.Y. Harburg), Chorus; "Half of Me [Wants to be Good]" (Peter De Rose-Sam M. Lewis), Chorus; "Swing for Sale" (Sammy Cahn-Saul Chaplin), The Heaven All-Stars; "Gates of Heaven" (Carl Stalling); "Oh Dem Golden Slippers" (Bland), Chorus. Musical numbers also include "Sweet Georgia Brown." The "Save Me Sister" and "Rhythm" numbers come from the Warner Bros. feature "The Singing Kid" (1936).

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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Alas for the racism! This cartoon was probably responsible for my continued Catholicism; for this Heaven is something worth being good all one's life. This Heaven, to me as a kid in New Orleans, was worth more than all the classic depictions put together,...  (read more)

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Even though its censorship is quite understandable, one still pines at the denial to the world of a real musical masterpiece of a cartoon.

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