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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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28 November 1931 (USA)  »

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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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References The Barn Dance (1929) See more »

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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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May be one of the least offensive of the "Censored 11" cartoons. Unfortunately, it's also one of the dullest
25 October 2016 | by See all my reviews

Not all the "Censored 11" cartoons are bad cartoons. With a good lot of them, you can see why they're not for the easily offended. Some of the cartoons still manage to be entertaining, and a couple especially 'Goldilocks and the Three Jivin' Bears' are pretty tame and entertain enormously.

'Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land' is not among the most offensive of the "Censored 11" cartoons. The material is questionable and it's not funny, often cringe-worthy, but there are other cartoons that have far more racial content and to worse effect, especially 'Angel Puss' (also to me the worst of the "Censored 11" cartoons), 'Jungle Jitters' and 'All This and Rabbit Stew', also really disliked the exaggerated character designs in 'Tin Pan Alley Cats'.

That aside, it's still one of the dullest. The best thing about it is the animation, which is great, very atmospheric and inventive. The music is also energetic, beautifully orchestrated and effectively spooky in parts. A couple of parts are cute.

Conversely, it is too derivative of 'Steamboat Willie' and 'The Skeleton Dance' (two wonderful and iconic cartoons that regardless of age will forever stand the test of time), except with little of the charm and entertainment of the former or little (or as effective) of the imaginative spookiness and wonderful weirdness of the latter. There are small glimpses, but too sporadic.

Especially when there is such a wafer-thin story and very dull pacing. What also adds to the dullness is that it is just not funny, didn't detect a single thing worth laughing at and too much of the material was stupid and cringe-worthy, especially everything with the embarrassment that is the Uncle Tom character, who is a poorly drawn (the one thing in the animation that is lacking) and lazily written stereotype.

All in all, there are more offensive "Censored 11" cartoons but this is one of the dullest and got nothing out of it outside of the animation and the music. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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