A Guide To Censored Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
Cartoon titles in red are either new or updated entries!!
The Last Hungry Cat (1961/Freleng):
CBS cut a guilt-ridden Sylvester nervously chain smoking and chugging coffee. ABC cuts him swallowing many sleeping pills. Thanks to: Howard Fein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tom (ThomasMansbridge@demon.com) continues: Shortening of Granny hitting Sylvester with the broom.
The Leghorn Blows at Midnight (1950/McKimson):
Some scenes of the dog being strangled by his rope are missing. The scene where the fight
between Foghorn and the dog begins at the end is also clipped. Thanks to: Matt Yorston (email@example.com)
Leghorn Swoggled (1951/McKimson):
Foghorn goads Dawg into chasing him up a ladder. At the top, the rope swings back and forth, causing Dawg to repeatedly get his butt 'painted' by a strategically placed paintbrush. Cut by ABC. Thanks to: Howard Fein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Tom (ThomasMansbridge@demon.com) continues: Foggy compairs losing his voice to being hanged.
Most of the scenes involving the dynamite planes were cut out on ABC. Thanks to: Richard Brinklow (email@example.com)
Life With Feathers (1945/Freleng):
Just recently I saw Friz Freleng's "Life With Feathers," and it was missing the part where the lovebird thinks of different ways to kill himself. Thanks to: Steve Siegert (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Lighter Than Hare (1960/Freleng):
The Amos and Andy reference at the end of "Lighter Than Hare" has been removed on the WB by the fake iris ploy. Thanks to: Kevin McCorry (email@example.com)
Howard Fein (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues: Bugs sneaks up behind Sam and substitutes dynamite for his rocket pack. "Yosemite Sam from outer (POW!) space?!"
Lighthouse Mouse (1955/McKimson):
The scene where Sylvester takes some vitamin pills to help his eyesight is deleted. Thanks to: Matt Yorston (email@example.com).
Also missing is the scene where Sylvester grabs both ends of the cut wire to keep the lighthouse lit, and getting electrocuted in the process! TNT has aired this cartoon uncut.
Joe Mallick (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues:
On Nickelodeon, they also removed the brief scene where the little mouse clips the wire. As I recall, they replaced that short scene with a shot of Polly squawking "Lights out! Lights out!."
Howard Fein (email@example.com) continues: Another of many cuts by CBS: A door quickly slides open and closed, alternately showing Sylvester beating up the real mouse and Hoppity beating up
Sylvester. Strangely, this was shown as a clip for years on the BB/RR show, but cut from the actual cartoon.
Lights Fantastic (1942/Freleng):
I noticed today on Cartoon Network's Toonheads, the Friz Freleng cartoon "Lights Fantastic" was censored. The censored scene was when the chinese people are reading the chinese writing and they speak in chinese really fast. Thanks to: DJsPiggy@aol.com
Little Boy Boo (1954/McKimson):
CBS cut the large chemistry set explosion suffered by Foghorn, but still shows him heavily bandaged immedatiately after. ("I don't need your love, widder hen; these bandages'll keep me war.") ABC cuts an earlier scene in which Egghead incorrectly demonstrates the answer to Foggy's question: "You DO know what
to do with this [baseball bat], don't you, boy?" Thanks to: Howard Fein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
The Lone Stranger and Porky (1939/Clampett):
The villain attempts to shoot at The Lone Stranger, who is sitting at a distance. The villain ends
up shooting all of the ground away around The Lone Stranger. The
off-screen narrator calls the villain "a plug shot," prompting the villain
to shoot the narrator dead. Edited out by Nickelodeon. Thanks to: John Lund (email@example.com)
firstname.lastname@example.org continues: The Fox version of MERRIE MELODIES used to edit the scene
where the Lone Stranger talks to his Indian companion "Pronto" in the mirror.
Long-Haired Hare (1949/Jones):
The part where Bugs comes backstage dressed up as a girl, looking for Giovanni Jones' autograph, is completely gone. Thanks to: Richard Brinklow (email@example.com)
Nickelodeon airs this cartoon uncut.
Howard Fein (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues: The REASON the bit with Bugs dressed as a teeny-bopper seeking an autograph from Giovanni Jones is cut is because of the 'pen' offered: a dynamite stick! CBS really hated this cartoon; there are numerous other cuts. The singer smashes Bugs' banjo over his head; he slams Bugs' harp shut right on his neck; he ties Bugs' ears to a tree branch, pulls his feet and snaps him back and forth so his head repeatedly strikes the branch.
Lumber Jerks (1955/Freleng):
The scene where the gopher is shown siphoning gas from the driver's truck (but inhaling a little too much
gas) is deleted. Thanks to: Matt Yorston (email@example.com)