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Jungle Jitters (1938)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  19 February 1938 (USA)
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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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Natives / Guard / Preacher (voice) (uncredited)
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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 <nsiegert@remc8.k12.mi.us>

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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 »

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Preacher: I now sentence you t' be man and wife, kiss the bride, that'll be two dollahs, please.
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The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down
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Written by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin
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Lighten Up! It''s A Typical Cartoon Which Exaggerates Everyone
18 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I have to laugh at the typical liberal reviewers here, the PC Police types who want to ban anything which remotely might offend a minority. Talk about Nazi mentality! Excuse me, but the white character in this film is the most stupid idiot of them, more than the natives from Africa....yet you don't hear a peep out of the "reviewers" about that. I am referring to the "utensil salesman," the guy with the freckles, straw hat and buck teeth. Of course, all the lily- white Libs only see what they want to see.

Cartoons exaggerate all characters, all races, all animals, fish, birds, anything!

In this story we have a bunch of cannibals (who I guess, should wear three-piece suits to make the PC Police happy), who want to eat the salesman. The humor comes in when they try out his strange objects for sale, such as a vacuum cleaner. We see a guy who screws two lights bulbs in his ear, puts a shade on head, and he's all set for some reading! Good stuff, clever, and similar to cartoons I've seen over several decades involving all kinds of people and animals.

Those who saw this cartoon in the late '30s would "get it" more than people today, with the references to Clark Gable and Robert Taylor, the parody of a radio personality of the day "Elmer Blurt," and the popular song, "Too Marvelous For Words" (or something like that).

Lighten up, and enjoy the cartoon for its humor and nothing else. If it's hilarious: great, if the jokes are lame, move on. I found it pretty humorous and enjoyed this Looney Tunes effort. Those who are "Looking For Comedy in PC World,"to paraphrase a recent Albert Brooks movie, apparently don't laugh much.


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