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Angel Puss (1944)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 3 June 1944 (USA)
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."

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Lil' Sambo / Angel Puss (voice) (uncredited)
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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."

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First Warner Bros. cartoon with director (rather than supervision) credits on the screen. See more »

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Featured in Animation Lookback: Top 10 Controversial Cartoons (2015) See more »

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Shortnin' Bread
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Angel Puss is the most appalling of the "Censored 11" cartoons
10 July 2008 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

Well, it took until I watched the 10th of the Warner Bros. "Censored 11" cartoons, but Angel Puss is the most appalling of them. And the most shocking thing about this is the fact that Chuck Jones-the one who usually made some of the most clever Bugs/Daffy/Elmer shorts ever and had some of the most cute ones in his catalogue-was behind it. The awful premise is that Sambo (yes, Jones used the stereotypical black boy name here) has to drown a cat for his boss or he has to forfeit his "four bits". But that's not the really bad thing here. It's the fact that the cat is actually behind him telling him to do this and Sambo is way too dumb to notice-especially when the cat later paints himself white with wings-that results in a wild goose chase that lasts throughout the short. Add in the atrocious voice and characterization (I wonder if Mel Blanc ever held himself in shame over this), and you've got the worst cartoon I've seen yet from Warner Bros. The only positive thing I can say is that Sambo's singing of "Shortnin' Bread" isn't too bad.


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