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>A Vitaphone Production
  • A Vitaphone Production
  • Animated Characters: Cannibals, Vacuum Cleaner Salesman, Queen.
  • Originally Released in 1938.
  • Production Number: 8306.
    MPAA: 3872
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.


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Production Notes:


Clark Gable and Robert Taylor are caricatured when the queen imagines the salesman as being these two stars.

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.

Spike Lee excerpted three of the opening scenes in the finale of his feature, "Bamboozled."

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.


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