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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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One of the "Censored 11" banned from TV 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 »

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Edited into Uncensored Cartoons (1982) See more »

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The Old Folks at Home
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Music by Stephen Foster
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Not bad

"Angel Puss" is pretty much a typical decent cartoon of the day, it's not bad but has nothing special about it either, it's just kind of there to bring a few laughs.

A woman (unseen) gives a little black kid two bits to drown her cat, and the kid feels bad and won't do it. But then the cat sneaks out of bag and pretends to be the kid's conscience, trying to get him to drown the "cat" ("go ahead Sambo, go ahead boy") and making the kid do it after all ("two bits is two bits") and then painting himself white, pretending to be a ghost and tormenting the kid from there, even after the kid feels really bad ("I's money mad, just money mad").

This is one of the famous "banned" cartoons because of racism, although there's not really much to complain about. The kid says some stupid things ("that sure is wet water") but most characters in cartoons say stupid things. He's drawn exaggeratedly, again as most characters in these cartoons are. The cat referring to Sambo as "boy" and a gag where the "ghost" cat gets the boy to come to him in a zombie-ish state after shaking a pair of dice are the worst offenders.

This is fun to watch, but you really wouldn't keep playing this over and over again like you would, say, "Coal Black" or "Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat." Not bad at all, just nothing special.


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