At the circus, two dogs compete for the bone in Inki's topknot, as a disinterested myna bird causes trouble for everyone.


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Sitting dejected in a circus cage, billed as an African "wildman," Inki becomes the target of two dogs, both of them after the bone in his topknot. But luckily for Inki, the mysterious minah bird, syncopated hop and all, has also been captured and sent to the same circus. Written by Paul Penna <>

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Release Date:

21 June 1947 (USA)  »

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Inki en el circo  »

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1.37 : 1
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Follows The Little Lion Hunter (1939) See more »


The Merry Carrousel
Music by Frank Weldon
Played when the dog buries the bone
Also played during the bicycle chase
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So who is this Minah bird anyway, and whence comes he?
10 July 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

Probably the only place where you can easily find the Inki cartoons is on YouTube, given that most people would rather not show such images of Africans (when I was really young, I found "Little Lion Hunter" on a video cassette and even made a copy of it, but I don't remember which cassette it was). In this case, Inki is in a circus, billed as an African wild man; that's the kind of talk that I would expect from white Americans of the 1940s. Anyway, two dogs start trying to yank the bone out of his hair (one might interpret this as a representation of how the colonial powers sought to carve up Africa: they all wanted it for themselves, and never gave any thought to letting the indigenous people have their own land). But, sure enough, the silent-but-aggressive Minah bird has also come to the circus...and he's looking for a fight.

I guess that as long as we understand what these cartoons portray, it's easier to accept them. Worth seeing.

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