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 »

Director:

(as I. Freleng)

Writer:

(story) (as Geo. Manuell)

Star:

Reviews

Photos

Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  

A tour of the zoo, in typical Tex Avery style: a series of one-liners and sight gags, punctuated by Egghead teasing a lion at intervals, despite the admonishments of the narrator.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

So White flees from the wicked Queenie, wins over the thugs from Murder Inc. and meets her overrated Prince Chawmin'.

Director: Robert Clampett
Stars: Ivie Anderson, Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The story of a little boy who would only talk in sound effects. With story by Dr. Seuss (and Bill Scott of Rocky and Bullwinkle fame) this cartoon won the Oscar for best short subject (animated) for 1950.

Director: Robert Cannon
Stars: Marvin Miller
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  

Bugs heckles a black hunter and escapes from a bear.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Mel Blanc, Danny Webb
Tokio Jokio (1943)
Animation | Short | Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.8/10 X  

A "captured" Japanese newsreel. Civilian defense shows an aircraft spotter painting spots on aircraft and a fire prevention HQ that already burned down. Kitchen Hints shows the construction... See full summary »

Director: Norm McCabe
Stars: Mel Blanc
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6/10 X  

A travelogue spotlights the tropical island of Pingo Pongo, showing the unusual flora and fauna and the lives of the happy natives.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Robert C. Bruce
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.3/10 X  

Piggy and Fluffy have adventures on a riverboat. And Uncle Tom is chased by skeletons promising to take him to Hallelujah Land.

Director: Rudolf Ising
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

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.

Director: Friz Freleng
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

The Lord sees that the stock value of "Pair-o-dice" is dropping on the exchange so he dispatches a slow-witted and slow-talking angel to sinful Harlem to recruit new customers. When this ... See full summary »

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Mel Blanc, The Four Blackbirds, Danny Webb
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  

The stories of "Goldilocks" and "Little Red Riding Hood" collide with the world of jazz, resulting in three jiving bears and a jitterbugging Big Bad Wolf.

Director: Friz Freleng
Stars: Sara Berner, Mel Blanc, Ruby Dandridge
Animation | Family | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

In this parody of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Little Eva and Topsy try to rescue old Uncle Tom from the clutches of the evil slave-dealer Simon Simon [sic] Legree.

Director: Tex Avery
Stars: Tex Avery, Mel Blanc, Billy Bletcher
Angel Puss (1944)
Family | Animation | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.4/10 X  

A little black boy is hired to kill a cat, but the feline escapes and proceeds to play tricks on the kid, pretending he's a ghost come back to haunt his "killer."

Director: Chuck Jones
Stars: Mel Blanc
Edit

Cast

Uncredited cast:
...
Natives / Guard / Preacher (voice) (uncredited)
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Certificate:

Approved | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 February 1938 (USA)  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Color:

(Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Preacher: I now sentence you t' be man and wife, kiss the bride, that'll be two dollahs, please.
See more »

Connections

Featured in That's Black Entertainment (1990) See more »

Soundtracks

Bridal Chorus
(uncredited)
from "Lohengrin"
Music by Richard Wagner
Played during the wedding ceremony
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
If it weren't for the controversy, I doubt too many people would be talking about this cartoon anymore
9 December 2007 | by (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

"Jungle Jitters" is one of the eleven cartoons, all from the 30's and 40's, that were put on a list in 1968 called the "Censored 11", and banned from television, as they were considered too racist. Nonetheless, I was born eighteen years later, and I remember watching this one a lot on video as a kid, and enjoying it. However, I was entertained by just about everything I saw on TV or video at the time, and I no longer find this animated short very amusing.

The cartoon begins with an African tribe doing various things, including dancing, drumming, and riding on a merry-go-round. However, their fun is interrupted when someone comes to their doors. It turns out to be a silly door-to-door salesman (one with a dog's face) on the other side of the wall. As this salesman waits for someone to answer, members of the tribe look down at him from above, and he doesn't realize that this is a tribe of cannibals who want to eat him for dinner!

When I watched this cartoon as a kid, I obviously never thought of it as racist, as that word wasn't even in my vocabulary at the time. Right now, I can understand the controversy, but that's definitely not my main problem with the short. Yes, it does portray Africans as cannibals, but it has been nearly seventy years since it was made, and I don't think there's any point in getting worked up about it now. What is my main problem with "Jungle Jitters"? Well, if you ask me, it's simply not very funny. The only part that makes me laugh is when the salesman knocks on the doors, and tribe members keep opening and closing them. I probably don't get a lot of the gags simply because they are out-of-date, and I would probably have a better understanding of the cartoon if I knew more about the era in which it was made.

Nowadays, this 1938 animated short can cause different reactions from viewers. Some could find it appallingly racist, while others may think those people are overreacting, and defend the cartoon by saying it's not THAT offensive, and/or that the stereotyping is not all that one-sided. So, there's obviously a lot of controversy among those who are familiar with "Jungle Jitters" over whether banning it was a wise decision or not. However, if the cartoon were 100% politically correct, I don't think too many people would be talking about it anymore, as I don't think it has anything else that could give it much recognition these days. While some could still find it amusing, I would say it's probably too dated to have wide appeal today.


3 of 4 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Jungle Jitters - racial non sequitur ceder
Discuss Jungle Jitters (1938) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?