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Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land

Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land (1931) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land

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>A Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Production, Vitaphone Pictures
  • A Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Production, Vitaphone Pictures
  • Animated Characters: Piggy, Fluffy, Uncle Tom, Villain, Skeletons, Alligator.
  • Originally Released in 1931.
  • Production Number: 5025
  • Running Time: 6:55 minutes.
  • Black & White
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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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.

Soundtrack:
  • Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land," Music by Rube Bloom, Lyrics by Joe Young, Sung by Various Characters
  • "De Camptown Races," Music by Stephen Foster; "Mysterious Mose," Music by Walter Doyle

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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Merrie Melody No. 5, 1931 - The Censored 11 Begins Here!!!

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This is the second and final Piggy/Fluffy short. Why they failed so utterly is for history to decree but the real interest of this forgettable piece of animation history comes from the racial content causing its utter banning from the airwaves and...  (read more)

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Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land

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Piggy, a pig, and his girlfriend on an adventure along the Mississippi River. While these have got to be among the ugliest cartoon characters ever created, and with very little personality, this is a very good cartoon. The music is particularly catchy, and this...  (read more)

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