A jazz cartoon involving a "Fats Waller"-like cat who leaves the "Uncle Tomcat Mission" for the local jazz club.


(as Bob Clampett)




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Stars: Mel Blanc


Uncredited cast:
Giant Lips / Rubber Band / Hitler / Cat (voice) (uncredited)
The Four Dreamers ...
Uncle Tom Cat Mission Singers (voice) (uncredited)
Four Spirits of Rhythm ...
Fats Waller Cat backing vocals (voice) (uncredited)
Zoot Watson ...
Fats Waller Cat (voice) (uncredited)


A fat cat (a caritcture of Fats Waller) is walking down the street scatting, when he comes upon a club called "The Kit-Kat Club". On the way in, he walks by a place called "Uncle Tomcat Mission", where a gospel singer warns him not to enter the club, and to beware of "wine, women, and song". The cat replies "Well, wats de motta wit dat?", and walks in the club. After playing some piano, he is blasted out of this world with a wild trumpet solo. He lands in a world similar to that in "Porky in Wackyland"(1938). Written by C. Walker

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Release Date:

17 July 1943 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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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 »


Fats Waller Cat: Where is I at?
Giant Lips: You is outa dis world!
Fats Waller Cat: Who dat?
Giant Lips: Well... who dat?
Fats Waller Cat: Who dat say who dat when I say who dat? Was dat you?
Giant Lips: Mmmmmmm... could be!
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Spoofs Porky in Wackyland (1938) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by various characters
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Tin Pan Alley Cats is another hilariously excellent cartoon from Bob Clampett
9 July 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Having just watched his Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, I was in for a nice surprise when I watched on Thad's Animation Blog, Bob Clampett's next cartoon that was on the "Censored 11" list: Tin Pan Alley Cats. The leading character is a black-face feline inspired by Fats Waller who chooses "wine, women, and song" over a Salvation Army-type band. From there we see lots of jazz-inspired images of various entertainers before we go to a dream sequence taken directly from Clampett's own Porky in Wackyland with some hilariously wacky additions like the "rubber band" (which would appear in the color remake Dough for the Do-Do) and caricatures of Tojo, Hitler, and a Russian leader kicking the latter (the Soviet Union being our allies at the time)! In other words, Clampett has done it again making a kaleidoscope of images that only he can conjure up! The fact that many of the scenes were reused animation didn't bother me in the least. So on that note, I highly recommend Tin Pan Alley Cats.

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