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Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land (1931)

Piggy and Fluffy have adventures on a riverboat. And Uncle Tom is chased by skeletons promising to take him to Hallelujah Land.

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Three workers on a riverboat sing the title tune, accompanying themselves on a banjo, a jew's harp and bones. Meanwhile, Uncle Tom drives Fluffy the pig on a donkey cart to the dock, where she can board the riverboat. Her beau Piggy is the captain. Piggy's adventures include riding the tail of an alligator, rescuing Fluffy from a moustache-twirling villain and saving Uncle Tom from drowning. Uncle Tom had had his own adventure when he inadvertently wound up in a graveyard. The skeletons had risen from their graves promising to take him to Hallelujah Land. Written by J. Spurlin

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One of the "Censored 11" banned from T.V. syndication by United Artists in 1968 (then the owners of the Looney Tunes film library) for alleged racism. Ted Turner continued the ban when he was hired and stated that these films will not be re-issued and will not be put on Home Video. These cartoons will probably never air on television again, and only non-Warner Bros. licensed public domain video tapes will probably ever have these cartoons on them. See more »

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Banjo Player: [singing] Open up your golden doorway / I won't stop, I'm comin' your way / I'm hittin' the trail for Hallelujah Land.
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Hittin' the Trail for Hallalujah Land
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Music by Rube Bloom
Lyrics by Joe Young
Sung by various characters
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"I'll save Uncle Tom!"
13 January 2016 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Early Merrie Melodies animated short, directed by Rudolf Isling, notable today for being one of the Censored Eleven. For those who don't know, the Censored Eleven are cartoons that were withheld from syndication because they were considered to be too offensive due to their use of racial stereotypes and imagery. As other reviewers have mentioned, this cartoon pretty shamelessly rips off two famous early Disney cartoons, Steamboat Willie and The Skeleton Dance (although that has nothing to do with the cartoon's banning). The short stars Piggy and Fluffy, familiar-looking characters with debatable origins, along with the character of Uncle Tom. The story starts on a steamboat with some characters that look like monkeys in blackface. Piggy is the steamboat captain and his girlfriend Fluffy joins him. Then we cut to a scene of Uncle Tom in a cemetery being scared by singing skeletons. He runs away and tries to make it to the steamboat, but Piggy has to jump into the water to save him. While Piggy is doing this a mustachioed villain shows up out of nowhere to steal Fluffy. Pretty stupid stuff. The black & white animation is good for the time and the music isn't half-bad. Still, it's hard to watch it without cringing at some parts, particularly any scene involving Uncle Tom. It's one of the least offensive of the Censored Eleven but also one of the most banal.


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