A Guide To Censored MGM Cartoons|
|Cartoon titles in red are either new or updated entries!!|
"Bad Luck Blackie" (Avery; 1949):
This cartoon is missing the scene where Spike sticks his head out of a pipe and appears with a Chinese face.
"Blitz Wolf" (Avery; 1942):
A version in which the Hitler wolf's voice was redubbed and some of the shots were enlarged so the audience no longer could read the subtitles when the Wolf was speaking in phony German is said to have broadcast on TNT at one point. The ending card was replaced with a regular one, the original ending card read: "The End... Of Adolf: If You Buy A Stamp or Bond, We'll Skin That Skunk Across The Pond."
"Casanova Cat" (Hanna and Barbera; 1951):
CN: Tom breathing cigar smoke in Jerry's face causing Jerry to do a blackface dance is deleted.
"Car of Tomorrow" (Avery; 1951):
The sight gags involving the Chinese and Indian cars are now removed.
"The Cuckoo Clock" (Avery; 1950):
In the original, the cat goes up to the clock with a pistol, the bird grabs the gun and blasts a hole in the cat's head and the cat falls to the floor. The bird then imitates the incident by pretending to blast himself with his finger.
"Daredevil Droopy" (Avery; 1951):
Spike tries to get rid of Droopy by handing Droopy a stick of dynamite during Droopy's trapeze act. Droopy doesn't return to grab the dynamite. Spike jumps off the platform and bounces back up off the safety net and the TNT explodes in his face, leaving him in blackface. There is now a fake fade out after the TNT explodes.
"Dixieland Droopy" (Avery; 1954):
Syndication: Some local stations were known to remove the scene where Droopy allows the flea Dixieland band to "Take five". The fleas jump off Droopy to start smoking discarded cigarette butts by a nearby ashtray.
"Droopy's Good Deed" (Avery; 1951):
There are three edits in the version currently playing on CN. First, Spike getting struck by lightning leaving him in blackface fades out before the audience can see the result. Droopy's line: "Hey, Blackie, anymore babes in there?" after the wooden shack goes up in flames leaving Spike in blackface is cut. Finally, the scene in which the rich gentleman rewards Spike for returning his hat by handing Spike a seemingly endless stream of cash is trimmed. The two are blown up by a bomb which was planted by Spike himself earlier during the scene. Originally the two were transformed into black caricatures in tattered clothing. The rich man's cultured voice ("10, 15, 20...") turns into a stereotypical black voice who proclaims "...and two bits!" throwing torn pieces of money in the air. The scene now ends as the bomb explodes.
Video: The version released on THE ADVENTURES OF DROOPY videotape and THE COMPLETE TEX AVERY laserdisc set was missing the blackface results of Spike returning the hat to the rich man.
"Dog Trouble" (Hanna and Barbera; 1942):
CN: The version that occasionally plays on CN has Mammy's voice redubbed.
TBS, TNT: Mammy's appearance at the end was sometimes removed.
"The Early Bird Dood It" (Avery; 1942):
There was a strange silence after the early bird says "Awwww....", suggesting that something was cut.
"The First Bad Man" (Avery; 1955):
The scene where Dinosaur Dan puts his gun directly to the forehead of one of the townspeople and pulls the trigger is omitted.
"Flirty Birdy" (Hanna and Barbera; 1945):
CN: The entire scene where the bird tosses Tom into the laundry and Tom
emerges looking like an Indian chief is edited out.
"Fraidy Cat" (Hanna and Barbera; 1942):
This cartoon is missing the scenes with Mammy Two-Shoes.
"Garden Gopher" (Avery; 1950):
CN: Spike the bulldog fills a gopher hole with explosives. The gopher pops out of the ground on the other side of Spike and spreads grease under Spike's feet. Spike lights
the fuse and attempts to run away but the grease causes him to run in place. There is a big explosion and when the smoke clears, Spike is in blackface, doing a stereotypical
slow shuffle. The scene fades out after the explosion in the edited version.
Video: Same edit as on CN on the laserdisc THE COMPLETE TEX AVERY.
"Happy-Go-Nutty" (Avery; 1944):
Meathead the Dog paints a bomb to resemble an apple. Screwy Squirrel takes a couple bites of the "apple" without any problems. When Meathead attempts to do the same, the bomb explodes leaving Meathead in blackface to say: "Uh oh! He done it again!". The scene fades out as the bomb explodes.
TBS, TNT: Same apple/blackface scene was removed entirely. Also edited was the scene where Screwy sneaks up on Meathead with a rubber knife.
"Henpecked Hoboes" (Avery; 1946):
CN: George is left in blackface by an explosion after a failed attempt to booby trap the chicken's nest. This scene is shortened so the results are not seen.
"The Hick Chick" (Avery; 1946):
After the hick rooster rips off the bull's skin revealing a pair of boxer shorts for a second time, the bull says, "If that guy does that to me one more time...", the bull then points a gun to his head, "...I'll blow my brains out!". The scene would be cut short before the bull could pull out the gun and finish his line.
"His Mouse Friday" (Hanna and Barbera; 1951):
Video: The version released on the TOM & JERRY ON PARADE videotape and THE ART OF TOM & JERRY laserdisc set has all the cannibal dialogue edited out. All the natives and Jerry's imitation were silent, even though the audience saw all the characters' lips moving.
"Jerky Turkey" (Avery; 1945):
The gag where one Indian reveals he is "half breed" (one "half" an Indian, the other a businessman in suit and tie), and holding a sign reading "Heap Corny Joke" is cut.
TBS: Same edit as on CN.
"Jerry's Diary" (Hanna and Barbera; 1949):
CN: The exploding teapot scene from "Yankee Doodle Mouse" fades out early.
TBS: Same edit as on CN.
"Kitty Foiled" (Hanna and Barbera; 1948):
CN: The scene where Jerry and the canary disguise themselves as Indians to trick Tom is cut.
"Life With Tom" (Hanna and Barbera; 1953):
CN: The scene from "The Little Orphan" fades out early after the candle burns Tom. The blackface results are not seen.
"The Little Orphan" (Hanna and Barbera; 1949):
"Little Runaway" (Hanna and Barbera; 1952):
CN: The baby seal throwing a trash can cover at Tom causing Tom to look Chinese is cut.
"Little 'Tinker" (Avery; 1948):
CN: A gag during the scene where the skunk, disguised as Frank Sinatra, is singing to a crowd of female bunnies is now edited. As two girl rabbits pop out of the ground shouting "Frankie!", removed is the appearance of a black female bunny who says "Love dat man!". All broadcasts of this cartoon prior to January 2001 left this scene untouched.
TBS: The scene of the little lovelorn skunk almost drinking poison in an attempt to commit suicide was removed.
"Little Wise Quacker" (Lundy; 1952):
Barney Bear and the sleepy duck are electrified resulting in a blackface scene where Barney sings "Shortnin' Bread" to the duck. The scene is shortened so the audience doesn't see the results of the electric shock.
"Lucky Ducky" (Avery; 1948):
The small hunter dog is left in blackface after a bullet shell explodes in his face. The big, dopey dog does the same and gets the same results. The entire scene is cut.
"Magical Maestro" (Avery; 1952):
Spike being transformed into a Chinaman and into a black singer are now cut.
"The Milky Waif" (Hanna and Barbera; 1946):
CN: Missing is a scene where Jerry and Nibbles try to fool Tom by disguising themselves in blackface with some shoe polish. As edited, you see a scene where Nibbles, held up by Jerry, spits milk into Tom's face, and you see them run away from Tom into another room. The next thing you see, abruptly, is Tom running face first into a frying pan that the mice are holding up in a doorway.
"Mouse Cleaning" (Hanna and Barbera; 1948):
CN: After the huge coal spill at the end of the cartoon, Tom originally came out of the pile of coal in blackface. Mammy asks Tom, who she thinks is a man, if he has seen a cat. Tom responds "No ma'am, I ain't seen no cat!" a la Stepin Fetchit. Mammy sees through Tom's impression and yells "THOMAS!". There is a cut from the coal spill to Mammy yelling at Tom and Tom running away.
"The Mouse Comes to Dinner" (Hanna and Barbera; 1945):
CN: The opening showing Mammy singing and setting the dinner table and Jerry sneaking across the table pretending to be an Indian is cut. The cartoon now begins as Tom pops out of the potted plant.
"Mouse in Manhattan" (Hanna and Barbera; 1945):
CN: The scene in which Jerry's head gets stuck in a bottle of shoe polish is abruptly cut short. In the original, Jerry emerges from the shoe polish bottle in blackface.
"A Mouse in the House" (Hanna and Barbera; 1947):
TBS, TNT: The scene where the two cats look in
the oven, only to have Jerry cause an explosion with a match, leaving them
in blackface was deleted.
"Mouse Trouble" (Hanna and Barbera; 1944):
Syndication: Tom hides in a package addressed to Jerry. Jerry begins to stick hat pins into the box and saws it in half. Jerry finally takes a look at what is inside and holds up a sign: "Is there a doctor in the house?". This was removed on some local stations.
"Old Rockin' Chair Tom" (Hanna and Barbera; 1948):
CN: The version which runs on CN has Mammy's voice redubbed and a line of dialogue shortened. In the original version, Mammy said "Take care of old Uncle Tom," this line was shortened to "Take care of old Tom."
"Part-Time Pal" (Hanna and Barbera; 1947):
CN: Mammy's voice is redubbed. Some of her dialogue was changed in the process. In the original, she says in one scene "Well slap my face if this ain't a
mess!", but in the redubbed, she says "Well I'll be darned. This is such
a mess!" Other oddities in the Cartoon Network version included the muting out of Tom's "One for the money, two for the show..." at the end, before drenching Mammy with
a jug of water.
"Puss N' Toots" (Hanna and Barbera; 1942):
CN: The Chinese gag on the record player, where a record lands on Tom's head making him look Chinese followed by Jerry mockingly imitating his foe's predicament, is edited.
Syndication: The scenes at the beginning featuring Mammy were removed on some local stations.
"Puss Gets the Boot" (Hanna and Barbera; 1940):
CN: Mammy's voice has been redubbed in the version on Cartoon Network. In the original, Mammy said "O-W-T...Out!" in this edited version, she spells it correctly ("O-U-T").
"Red Hot Riding Hood" (Avery; 1943):
TBS, TNT: In the end, the Wolf, after his bad experience chasing the girl earlier in the cartoon, says that if he ever looks at another babe he'll kill himself. At that moment, Red Hot Riding Hood appears on stage and the Wolf takes out two guns and shoots himself in the head. He drops dead and the ghost of the Wolf comes back to whistle at Red. The cut occurred so we didn't see the Wolf shooting himself.
"Safety Second" (Hanna and Barbera; 1950):
TNT: The cartoon ended abruptly after Jerry blew on a noisemaker in which Nibbles had hidden a 4th of July firecracker. After the explosion, Jerry was left in blackface.
"Saturday Evening Puss" (Hanna and Barbera; 1950):
TNT: The version that played on TNT was very unusual. It featured footage of the young white lady which was animated to replace footage of Mammy. However, Mammy's original voice was heard on the soundtrack!
Video: The version with the young white lady voiced by June Foray was released on the videotape THE VERY BEST OF TOM & JERRY and THE ART TOM & JERRY laserdisc set. Jerry's rant to Tom about the noisy music that Tom and his friends are making was silent. In the original, Jerry starts yelling what sounded like "I'm trying
to get some sleep and youse guys are out here goin' BANG BANG BANG BANG!!!"
"Trap Happy" (Hanna and Barbera; 1946):
Syndication: A scene where a cat accidentally misses Jerry and chops off Tom's tail with an ax was cut.
"The Truce Hurts" (Hanna and Barbera; 1948):
CN: The passing meat truck splashes mud on Tom, Jerry, and Spike. This leaves the trio in blackface for a few seconds which are now cut.
"The Two Mouseketeers" (Hanna and Barbera; 1952):
Syndication: The ending where it is suggested that the king beheaded Tom offscreen was cut.
"T.V. of Tomorrow" (Avery; 1953):
The TV set that prevents guests from adjusting the knobs by shooting that person in the head was cut.
"What Price Fleadom" (Avery; 1948):
CN: The scene in which the dog, saddened by what he believes is the loss of his flea friend, is about to commit suicide with two guns pointed to his head, a noose around is neck, and standing on top of a giant bomb is cut.
"Yankee Doodle Mouse" (Hanna and Barbera; 1943):
CN: Tom in blackface as a result of an exploding teapot is removed.
NOTE ABOUT MAMMY IN THE TOM & JERRY CARTOONS (Thanks to Randy Watts): Regarding the black/white versions of Mammy Two-Shoes in
the Tom and Jerry cartoons. The "White Mammy Two-Shoes" versions were
created back in the 1960s for CBS when they were airing these cartoons. The
work was done by Chuck Jones's crew when Jones was making new Tom and Jerry
theatricals. I recall reading Chuck's remarks that at the time M-G-M still
had most of its old animation artwork on file, so it was pretty much just a
matter of retracing and repainting the original pencil animation and
photographing it against recreated backgrounds. This new "White Mammy"
material was then cut into dupe negatives of the cartoons in question to
replace the original "Black Mammy" footage. Voice actress June Foray was
brought in to redub the soundtracks. (Incidentally, that voice is supposed
to be Irish.) Instances where the "White Mammy" has a "Black Mammy" voice
(or vice versa) is a result of carelessness. Picture and sound elements on
film masters are stored separately. What happens is simply that someone
isn't paying attention and matches a newer "White Mammy" picture element to
the original "Black Mammy" sound element (or vice versa).
All images (c) Turner Entertainment Co.
Thanks to Brian Cruz for images from "Bad Luck Blackie", "The Cuckoo Clock", "Happy-Go-Nutty", "The Hick Chick", "Magical Maestro", and "What Price Fleadom"
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