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Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943)

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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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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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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 [and others]: What's de MOTOR with him?
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Edited from Porky in Wackyland (1938) See more »


Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Mort Dixon
Sung by various characters
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One of Bob Clampett's Best!
19 January 2002 | by See all my reviews

This is a great short that is right up there with Clampett's earlier "Porky in Wackyland." In fact, the shorts are very similar in ways other than being Clampett creations. The odd characters that Porky encounters in "Porky in Wackyland" are very similar to the characters that the Fats Waller-esque cat runs across in the fantasy sequence in "Tin Pan Alley Cats."

Overall, "Tin Pan Alley Cats" is arguably one of the best shorts from the golden age of animation. They certainly don't make them like this anymore!

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