Andrea/Duck Dodgers here. I friendly welcome every fan of animation at my blog. The goal is to support the love and rediscovery of Classic Theatrical Cartoons from the Golden Age of Animation, keeping meanwhile an eye on Golden Age "Funny Animals" Comics as well as on modern animated productions! Every SUPPRESSED ethnic caricature to be sometimes presented here is just for HISTORICAL and EDUCATIONAL purpose and NOT to offend anyone. Stay Tooned and Enjoy the place !

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Censor This! "Jungle Jitters"


Blogger C T L said...

Um... That's racist. Lol.

Such is the double edged sword of classic Americana. Our books, our movies, even our cartoons. We want to preserve history, but... man.

As a black person it doesn't really offend me. I just think it's stupid that they could get away with stuff like that back then. Oh well. I like cartoons. Just not THIS one. ;)

2:36 pm

Blogger Duck Dodgers said...


Yep, I do agree. I post these cartoons because
A)Due to the reasons you mentioned they do not appear on TV or official home video releases;
B) No one got copies THIS good.

I think that from an historical point of view these shorts must not be forgotten or buried someplace, even if the gags about black people were outrageous and sometimes offensive ("Sunday go to meetin' time" is one of the greatest examples).

I'll post more examples in the following days so stay "tooned" if this kind of material can be of interest for you and researches for your site.

2:51 pm

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have a copy of this cartoon but told this in a historical context like you did is a lot great and entertaining. "Jungle Jitters" is so far the most know Censored 11 cartoon at my opinion.

1:45 am

Blogger Michael Jones said...

I saw 3 "Harman-Ising" cartoons in a row on Cartoon Network Japan's "Cartoon Classics". One was with bullfrogs jamming, another with insects jamming and a third with a Spider dressing as a "mammy" in order to eat a Mother Hubbard-esque family of bugs. The spider one I found slightly offensive (but with lovely art), yet the others were beautifully rendered caricatures of Cab Calloway, Louis Armstrong, etc. I didn't find them offensive in the least and the music was wonderful.
A query though, when "Cartoon Classics" are shown in North America are those with racist overtones expunged? Japan never balks at showing African-Americans portrayed in a negative light, but I have never seen any of the Popeye/Bugs/Superman toons with negative portrayals of Hirohito. Showing the Emperor of Japan in less than flattering depictions is their biggest taboo.

7:02 am

Blogger Duck Dodgers said...

Hi michael,
I don't remember an H-I with insects jamming.
The one with the pider, "Mrs. Ladybug" is a very good cartoon. I love the Oscar gag.

10:02 am

Blogger Michael Jones said...

Hmmm. I saw it a few nights ago, so it may not have been insects jamming, but there were definitely woodland creatures jamming other than the bullfrogs. Oh, I did enjoy the Ladybugs, I just found the portrayals a little offensive. But, sign of the times, eh.

10:16 am

Blogger Kevin W. Martinez said...

All I say about this cartoon is: Wow! And it's not even that good.

My Brother had on old PD tape which had Little Black Sambo and This cartoon, and when I showed him a (poor) MPEG of Jungle Jitters, that unlocked some less-than-enthusiastic memories from his suconsious.

12:13 am

Anonymous Anonymous said...

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6:42 pm


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