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Tin Pan Alley Cats

Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series Tin Pan Alley Cats

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>Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Animated Characters: Fats Waller Cat, Adolf Hitler, Joseph Stalin, Japanese Enemies, Uncle Tom Mission Singers.
  • Originally Released in 1943.
  • Production Number: 975.
    MPAA: 8714
  • Running Time: 7:25 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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Contains the song 'The Schlesinger Swing.' Cab Calloway is caricatured.

Contains newly recolored animation from "Porky in Wackyland" (1938).

The last of Warner Brothers' all-black classics (except for the Inki cartoons).

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: "By the Light of the Silvery Moon" (Gus Edwards-Edward Madden), Performed by Chorus.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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One of the infamous "Censored 11" series.

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