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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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Angel in Disguise
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Music by Stefan Weiß and Paul Mann
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
Sung by Cat
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The worst and most offensive of the "Censored 11" cartoons
17 August 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Not all the "Censored 11" cartoons are bad, and some of them are not that racist or offensive today and are actually pretty tame.

Some of the racism and racial stereotyping in other cartoons is much more blatant, including 'All This and Rabbit Stew' and 'Jungle Jitters'. From memory, the worst and most offensive of the lot was this, 'Angel Puss'. On re-watch, it is an opinion that this opinion still shares.

Not just blatantly racist, with stereotypes that makes one squirm, and parts that are not for those easily offended and much of it was offensive, but 'Angel Puss' is also a poor cartoon in its own right.

The only good things about it are some of the animation, which is unmistakable Chuck Jones and has some imaginative detail, with exception of the very poorly drawn and uncomfortably exaggerated main character, reminding one of the hunter character in 'All This and Rabbit Stew', and the vibrant and lively music score.

However, 'Angel Puss' is sorely lacking in laughs, instead being stupid and ridiculous. The story is far too sadistic in places, especially the suffering of the main character via the cat, is dull and constantly uncomfortably weird. The main character is bland and irritating, and the cat evoked the same reaction that the story did. Dialogue is unfunny and stilted.

Don't expect the usually brilliant Mel Blanc to save it. He does in all fairness have poor material but he doesn't do anything with it and is more annoying rather than exuberant, never has he voiced so poorly than here.

Overall, of the "Censored 11" cartoons 'Angel Puss' is the worst and the one that makes one feel uncomfortable and offends the most. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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