Mammy gives Little Black Sambo a quick scrub on the washboard, then pats him down with baby powder, black baby powder, before sending him off to play. She warns him about the tiger. "That ... See full summary »

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Mammy gives Little Black Sambo a quick scrub on the washboard, then pats him down with baby powder, black baby powder, before sending him off to play. She warns him about the tiger. "That ol' tiger sure do like dark meat!" The family dog has brushed up against a freshly painted fence and now fancies himself to be a scary tiger. Sambo mistakes his dog for the tiger and is chased right up a tree. Then the pair meet a real tiger. Sambo is scared white. They run home and lock themselves in, but the feline sneaks in the back way. Sambo sets a molasses trap for the tiger, then burns him with a red hot frying pan. Mammy and Sambo dance in their delight at ridding themselves of the tiger. Written by David Steele

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6 February 1935 (USA)  »

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Mammy: Now run along and play, honey child, but watch out for that bad old tiger. That old tiger sure do like dark meat.
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2 December 2008 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

Little Black Sambo (1935)

*** (out of 4)

This animated short, even though directed by a legend, has become known for its racial stereotypes, which has caused the film to be pretty much thrown in the vaults and hidden except for various public domain releases showcasing controversial shorts. Sambo, a black kid, has his mother washing him, throwing black baby powder on and warning him to stay away from the tiger who likes "black meat". The family dog decides to scare the kid by dressing up as the tiger but sure enough to real one shows up. I think a lot of these banned cartoons are just victims of an overly politically correct country but you can certainly see why this one crosses the line. It's rather shocking to see how much stuff was allowed back then because there are some pretty crazy scenes here including one where the black boy turns white after seeing the tiger. Outside the racial stuff this is still a pretty good cartoon with some very good animation and even better laughs. The dog really steals the film as he's constantly trying to start trouble but finds himself getting more into it.


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