A black man sneaks out of church and tries to steal a chicken, but gets a taste of hell when he's accidentally knocked unconscious.

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It is Sunday and black families are getting ready for church. There are mammies who put shoeshine on their son's heads, and pappies who polish their head to be all shiny and new. On the way to church, a lady who has twin sons uses a brassier as a baby bonnet for them. Then a lady who is ready to go finds that her husband Nicodemus is busy shootin' craps. She pulls him by the ear and heads for church, but Nicodemus sneaks out and finds a chicken-yard. He chases a chicken and gets hit on the head by a fence. He finds himself in the devil's court. Written by Steve Siegert <nsiegert@remc8.k12.mi.us> (Corrected by Anonymous)

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8 August 1936 (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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When the devil opens his ledger to look at Nicodemus' account, in close-up Nic's sins are listed on the right-hand page while the left page is blank. In long shot the left-hand page is filled with writing. See more »

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Sunday Go to Meetin' Time
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Music by Vee Lawnhurst
Lyrics by Tot Seymour
Played during the opening credits (original version)
Sung by the man in his Sunday best
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racist material can still function as a time capsule
6 August 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

While it's true that "Sunday Go To Meetin' Time" contains very stereotypical portrayals of African-Americans, it appears that the people behind the cartoon were actually taking some interest in African-American culture. The cartoon has a man skipping church, but then getting knocked out and dreaming that Satan sentences him to eternal damnation for his misdeeds. Personally, I'd rather go out and entertain myself than spend all day in any religious institution. Maybe I'd go out and watch a movie (in religious people's minds, it would easily get me sent to Hell if the movie starred someone like Elke Sommer; if so, then Hell here I come!).

But I digress. This cartoon is worth seeing, just as long as you understand the offensive content.


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