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Jungle Jitters (1938)

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Starts out with a tribe of African cannibals imitating Native Americans. After this, they do the new Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down." Then a sloppy ... See full summary »


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Starts out with a tribe of African cannibals imitating Native Americans. After this, they do the new Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down." Then a sloppy stuttering salesman knocks on their doors, and they bring him in and put him in a pot of boiling water. The queen of the tribe wants to see the man. She falls in love with him. They get married, but when the salesman sees he has to kiss the bride, he decides he'd be better off being dinner for a tribe of hungry cannibals. Written by Steve Siegert <>

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19 February 1938 (USA)  »

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The traveling salesman character is modeled after radio's "Elmer Blurt," played by comedian Al Pearce. His weekly catch phrase was, "Nobody home, I hope - I hope - I hope!" The cannibal queen is based on the character Tizzie Lish, played by Bill Comstock, from the same program. Her regular greeting was, "Hello, folksies!" See more »


Preacher: I now sentence you t' be man and wife, kiss the bride, that'll be two dollahs, please.
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Goombay Drum
Written by Charles Lofthouse, Schuyler Knowlton and Stanley Adams
Played at the beginning, when the Queen is introduced, and after the wedding ceremony
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Ban it for being stupid!
30 December 2008 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

This is one of the famous "Censored 11"--Looney Toons cartoons that were pulled from circulation in the late 1960s because they were considered racially offensive.

I have seen the 11 films and found this one among the least offensive of the cartoons, though what is and isn't offensive is awfully subjective--one person might see it and have a fit and another may not. Some of the 11 are offensive to anyone who isn't a total jerk--this one, however, is debatable.

What may offend some is the depiction of cannibals (though how do you depict them well?!). They all look very stereotypical--with big lips and some with bracelets on their necks (though as one astute reviewer pointed out, this is from Burma--no where near cannibal country). One of them also looks a bit like Steppin Fetchit but with huge lips. Considering that these were among the only images of Black Americans on TV for many years, I could see someone being offended by this. Today, with a more diverse lineup on television, this cartoon might even pass unnoticed if shown, but who can tell?

My problem with the film isn't so much because of the racist qualities but because of the overall lack of quality in the cartoon. The bottom line is that it just isn't funny and I doubt if anyone will miss this or the vast majority of cartoons from the 1930s--an era when the toons just weren't that good compared to the 40s and 50s. Sure, there are many exceptions, but in general the cartoons were big on being cute but seldom had laughs or interesting characters. Friz Freleng-directed shorts of the 1930s just don't hold a candle to his edgier and funnier films such as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck and Roadrunner cartoons of the studio's golden age. And this is one Freleng short you probably won't mind skipping.

My advice is that this and all the Censored 11 cartoons should not be shown on broadcast television unless they are shown with some sort of prologue that could explain the context and reasons they offend. Having them continue to be available on the internet (when you can find them) isn't a bad thing, however, as I am loathe to ban any sort of speech and it is an unfortunate but important part of our history. And if we eliminate EVERYTHING that might offend from our history, then we are left with,...well,...nothing!

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