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Pals (1933)
"Christmas Night" (original title)

Passed  |   |  Animation, Short  |  22 December 1933 (USA)
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On Christmas Eve, the Little King sneaks two tramps into the castle. The next morning, the three men are thrilled by the presents Santa left behind.

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(as Jim Tyer)

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(comic strip) (as O. Soglow)
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The Little King sees his people making Christmas preparations, but he himself is feeling glum. He joins two tramps at a Christmas display window, then invites them into his sedan chair and home to the castle. The three undress and enjoy a bath together. They go downstairs to nail up their stockings, then retire to bed. Santa comes down the chimney and grows a fully decorated tree from a "Xmas Tree Seed". The three race around the castle in the miniature cars and planes left behind by Santa. A big crash brings the festivities to a close. Written by David Steele

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Animation | Short

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22 December 1933 (USA)  »

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Christmas Night  »

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The tall tramp's NRA tattoo is a patriotic reference to Franklin D. Roosevelt's National Recovery Administration. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Santa Claus: Do you go to bed early? Do you eat your spinach? All right, run along. I'll bring you some toys.
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Jingle Bells
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Aside from one tiny scene, it's not as bad as you might assume
1 November 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

As a history teacher and lover of films, I occasionally like watching cartoons that have been banned, as they tell us a lot about our society and how far we have come over the years. What was perfectly acceptable decades ago is now, in some cases, seen as gross and inappropriate. Occasionally, these cartoons which have been removed from screening aren't particularly offensive but often, as in the case of this cartoon, they are so god-awful it's hard to imagine that people would have laughed at and enjoyed these films! Thirteen of these cartoons have been packaged together on a DVD entitled "Cartoon Crazys: Banned and Censored" and while the print quality of many of the cartoons is less than stellar, it's a great chance to see how sensibilities have changed.

This cute little cartoon stars the comic strip character "Little King" and on Christmas Eve he picks up a couple hobos and treats them like friends in his home. The action is pretty cute and for a 1930s cartoon, it's pretty good.

Now as to why it was pulled, the main reasons are silly. In one scene, the three men are bathing together and some people at the Hays Office apparently were worried about perceived homosexuality!!! Come off it, folks--this is ridiculous. Other than that, there was a 3 or 4 second scene where the three are looking in a shop window and there is a "Sambo doll" in the window that would surely offend some viewers, though it also could easily be removed and the film still shown to modern audiences. I sure wish this did happen, as it is a cute little film.


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