A Guide To Censored Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies
Cartoon titles in red are either new or updated entries!!
Patient Porky (1940/Clampett):
On Nickelodeon, all the scenes of Rochester as an elevator operator are edited. This cartoon can be found uncut
on the "PORKY PIG: DAYS OF SWINE AND ROSES" video. Thanks to: Chris (firstname.lastname@example.org)
People are Bunny (1959/McKimson)
On "Merrie Melodies", the ending of this cartoon was shortened. A fake iris closed as Bugs Bunny comments, "Eh, they always shoot blanks on TV", so that we didn't get to see Daffy return with his beak full of holes and comment, "BLANKS
he says!! Have a handful of BLANKS!!! Jeez!!", and spit a huge pile of pellets out of his
Thanks to: Chris (CMulwee@aol.com)
Person to Bunny (1960/Freleng):
These two scenes are edited out on ABC; After Elmer gives Bugs five seconds to apologize, Bugs blocks Elmer's gun
when Elmer shoots causing the explosion to come out the reverse end of
the rifle (standard cartoon technique). The other missing scene has Daffy
hamming it up in front of the camera when Bugs and Elmer return and Bugs
convinces Daffy that Elmer's rifle is a camera getting Daffy blasted. Thanks to: Matt Yorston (email@example.com)
A Pest in the House (1947/Jones):
When broadcast on the WB, they cut the scene where a drunk in the next room is singing a noisy song, Daffy says he'll go over and make the guy be quiet, but instead getting drunk
himself and starts singing along!
The Phantom Ship (1936/King):
In THE PHANTOM SHIP, some kind of shot of Russia as seen from Beans' plane seems to have been cut. Its nature is unknown to me. As posted by David Gerstein (firstname.lastname@example.org) to alt.animation.warner-bros
Pilgrim Porky (1940/Clampett):
All scenes involving the black chef have been removed.
Piker's Peak (1957/Freleng):
In the full version, a St. Bernard comes to the aid of Yosemite, mixes himself a martini instead of helping Sam!
Pizzicato Pussycat (1955/Freleng):
ABC used to leave this uncut, but Nickelodeon now removes it: the short scene at the end where a drum cymbil lands on the mouse's head and he acts Chinese for a few seconds.
Plane Daffy (1944/Tashlin):
I noticed whenever I do see F. Tashlin's "Plane Daffy", Goering and Goebbels' self-inflicted shots to the head have been uncut; an exception to the standard gag. But then, those two deserved
to be exceptions. Thanks to: email@example.com
(firstname.lastname@example.org) continues: When I saw this as a filler on TNT several years ago, the part where two of Hitler's henchmen shoot themselves in the head was edited out.
Polar Pals (1939/Clampett):
Two scenes are missing on Nickelodeon. The first involves the hunter shooting his machine gun at a penguin, it leaves bulletholes in the penguin's shadow, which does a death scene as the penguin himself watches in shock. Another involves a drunk walrus who gets shot at and claims "Ya never even touched me!", he takes a drink of booze and it leaks out the holes in his body.
Edited scene from "Polar Pals" (right). Image (c) Warner Bros.
Porky Chops (1949/Davis):
Eye-poking is another no-no on ABC. The scene from "Porky Chops" where the squirrel sticks his fingers in Porky's eyes and says, "Scram ham", has been removed. Just like when they used to show "Dough for the Do-Do" and cut the scene where the each side of the two-headed freak pokes the eyes of the other. Also edited on ABC is a whole scene starting with Porky climbing the tree and pulling a rifle on the squirrel but hitting the branch he's standing on, which starts to give way. The squirrel hands Porky a fruit basket, which increases the weight on the broken tree limb. It snaps, and Porky falls. The squirrel lays out a mattress for Porky to land on, but Porky misses it and hits the ground. He gets up, dazed, holding two bananas as though they were pistols. The squirrel squeezes the two bananas in Porky's hands, and the contents of the bananas squirt onto Porky's face, creating a
fruity, false mustache. Thanks to: Kevin McCorry (email@example.com)
Porky at the Crocadero (1938/Tashlin):
When Porky is doing his "Chinatown"/Cab Calloway song: in the B&W version that used to air on Nickelodeon, at one point during the song it shifted to some footage of the
crowd dancing from the previous "Guy Lombago" bit, in the new computer-colorized version (now showing on Nick) Porky, at the same moment of the song, leaps off-screen
and returns seconds later. Something is missing, but it is unknown what it is.
Porky in Wackyland (1938/Clampett):
The colorized print removes the part with the duck saying "Mammy...mammy...mammy!" as it walks by Porky.
You have mentioned that Nickelodeon cut out the scene of the duck that says "MAMMY", well here's another bit of trivia, it is my understanding that during
the '50's, when SUNSET PRODUCTIONS (a.k.a. GUILD FILMS) owned the
rights to the early B&W Warner cartoons, the scene in which the Do Do zooms in on the WB shield was cut out (pity).
Pietro A. Shakarian (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues: In "Porky in Wackyland" scene where the black duck says "Mammy, Mammy!" is cut on Nick, but Cartoon Network leaves it uncut on their
The 50 Greatest Cartoons marathon.
Porky the Fireman (1938/Tashlin):
I suspect a racial scene
missing in this cartoon. One guy is falling and he's yelling, "Get the net ready!"
He then falls through a cloud of black smoke. An ubrupt cut in the music
score is heard as a result of this probable edit. Thanks to: John Lund (email@example.com)
Thanks to: Hugh Gilmore (firstname.lastname@example.org) continues: There is a part where Porky
"collects" the fire in a bucket and dumps the fire into a fish bowl, and the fish
inside are in blackface. When this was on Nickelodeon last Saturday [Nov. 7, 1998],
they LEFT THAT SCENE IN for some reason!!
Pietro A. Shakarian (email@example.com) continues:
In "Porky The Fireman" a circus guy jumps from the buliding into some
smoke and turns into a black stereotype that is uncut along with the
scene where Porky throws the fire into a fish bowl and the fish turn into
black stereotypes too. Both of these scenes are uncut on Cartoon
Porky the Wrestler (1937/Avery):
Race stereotypes were missing, but have been restored in the colorized print. Thanks to: GCarras@aol.com
Porky's Baseball Broadcast (1940/Freleng):
just received a colourized copy of "Porky's Baseball Broadcast" from Nick, I'm not sure when it was aired, but there was a scene cut from it which I have in a B&W film print: Just after Porky says "the tickets are selling like hotcakes" and we see the
accompanying gag, there is another one where he says, "the scalpers are out on rampage tonight" and a scene where Natives are howling and chasing game-goers around with tomahawks. Nick has just quickly dissolved into the scene
where the W.C. Fields character is looking for his seat in order to omit this scene.
Thanks to: Larry Tremblay (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Image (c) Warner Bros.
Porky's Duck Hunt (1937/Avery)
In the traced version, a standard "That's all Folk's" end title,
possibly taken from a late '50's/early '60's Looney Tune, replaces
the original one in which Daffy jumps around and dances all over
the letters in the closing. Other prints of the traced version
utilize the end(as well as the beginning) title from a 1968
Bill Hendricks cartoon. Fortunately, the audio portion of the
original end title remains on the soundtrack. This is very much the same scenario as with the "Dubbed Version" of "THE OLD GREY HARE".
Thanks to: Chris (Cmulwee@aol.com)
Porky's Five and Ten (1938/Clampett):
The redrawn version used to delete the ending in which Porky sprays a fish with seltzer water; it remains intact in the computer-colored version. Thanks to:
Porky's Midnight Matinee (1941/Jones):
The scene where the ant gives Porky some turpentine to drink to wash the hot mustard out of his mouth is
gone on Nickelodeon. The black-face closing gag is also missing especially
in the colorized version where they colored it so that the black-face gag
couldn't be done. Thanks to: Matt Yorston (email@example.com)
Greg (CatraDhtem@aol.com) continues: Actually, what I believe they did at the end was do a quick fade to the cartoon's very first shot of the ant, as opposed to coloring it so that the ant was not blackened. I had to advance my tape of it frame by frame to be sure.
Porky's Movie Mystery (1939/Clampett):
One unknown scene likely missing in many prints of this cartoon. Looking through his magnifying glass,
Porky is following a trail and walking towards a director sitting in his
chair. There is a sudden cut to the villain laughing and walking away from
the camera, as if he had covered up the scene with his black cloak. Thanks to: John Lund (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Porky's Party (1938/Clampett):
The traced version shortens a scene in which
Gabby Goose(?) tries over and over again to keep a penguins
head from looking like a top hat after it has been swallowed.
Nothing objectional, perhaps cut for time. However, the
computer colorized version is uncut.
Thanks to: Chris (CMulwee@aol.com)
John Lund (email@example.com) continues:
Another scene missing in the traced version is a brief one with Porky
lighting a match while in the closet, and finding out that what he thinks is a
mad dog (actually Black Fury) is in the closet with him.
Porky's Picnic (1939/Clampett):
A scene where Porky gets mud on his face and then is kissed by Petunia is shortened. The original had a shot after the kiss where Pentunia is in blackface.
Bernadine Horne & Charles McKissick (firstname.lastname@example.org) Nickelodeon does indeed remove Petunia's
brief blackface scene near the end; also, in the old redrawn version, the "blackface" scene was colored so that Petunia didn't display big white lips like she does in the B&W original.
Porky's Poppa (1938/Clampett):
The scene where Porky's cow, Bessie, is giving birth to bottles of milk, has a cut where Bessie hands Porky a bottle of chocolate milk while "Dixie" plays on the soundtrack.
Porky's Preview (1941/Avery):
The "big finale" of a stick-figure of Al Jolsen singing "September in the Rain" is cut.
Porky's Railroad (1937/Tashlin):
On the old Nick Looney
Tunes show, they would sometimes (not always) iris-out the ending to "Porky's Railroad" so it would just end with Porky's train flying over the finish line and the crowd cheering (and not show Porky as the new engineer of "The Silver Fish"). Probably cut for time.
Tim Ingles continues:
In the redrawn and black and white version of "Porky's Railroad" there was a scene were during the race Porky goes through a tunnel and turns it inside out was cut. In the computer colorized version the tunnel scene was left in. This was the weirdest edit I have ever seen.
Porky's Romance (1937/Tashlin):
After Porky wakes up from his nightmare, he sees Petunia and runs off in fear. He runs back to get the box of candy he gave Petunia at the opening of the cartoon and runs off again. The cut occurs so he don't see the second time he runs back: to give a much-deserved kick to Petunia's annoying dog through the closing iris!
Porky's Snooze Reel (1941/Clampett/McCabe):
In the redrawn version, part of the giant jellyfish eats underwater mine was missing. We saw the fish eat the mine, explode, but not the results of the explosion. The computer colored version is uncut.
To be more specific about the aforementioned
scene, the jellyfish eats an underwater mine,
explodes, and becomes six delicious flavors
of jelly!! However, the traced version abruptly
cuts that scene after the explosion, and goes
on to the next scene. Lucklily the scene is uncut
in the computer colorized version. Thanks to: Chris (CMulwee@aol.com)
Pre-Hysterical Hare (1958/McKimson):
Scenes where Elmer (and his stone-age ancestor 'Elmer Fuddstone') get blasted in the face are edited.
Prince Violent (1961/Freleng):
This cartoon was retitled "Prince Varmint" for TV broadcast, and
recently given a new title card.
Greg (CatraDhtem@aol.com) continues: Fox's "Merrie Melodies" introduced the title card during the show's second season. For the first season, I believe the old CBS
title card was used.
Howard Fein (email@example.com) continues: While Sam prepares to blow up the castle door, the drawbridge goes up, stranding him with the explosives. ABC would insert an overhead shot of him
running over the still-down bridge immediately before the explosion. (Even with this cut, he still looks blown up as he storms the castle!)
Putty Tat Trouble (1951/Freleng):
Although this cartoon currently airs uncut, it was severely butchered on [Fox] to remove the numerous head-bashing scenes involving mostly the mallets, plus the birdbath and gun blows to Sylvester's and the Red Cat's heads.
Thanks to: Joe Mallick (firstname.lastname@example.org)