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


(as Charles M. Jones)


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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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21 June 1947 (USA)  »

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Inki en el circo  »

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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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Enter the Mynah
2 November 2006 | by (New York City) – See all my reviews

Chuck Jones' Inki cartoons are rarely seen these days, because Inki is a small, stereotyped Hottentot with a bone in his hair, and we have come to see such images as racist and demeaning. Here, on exhibit in a circus and deviled by two dogs, one of whom would be developed into the high-pressure Charlie Dog of half a dozen cartoons, Inki is pursued and bedeviled -- and pursues and bedevils the dogs.

But Inki, although the protagonist in these movies, is not the key character. The real star is probably the greatest of the Warner Brothers characters, a black mynah bird who has the best entrances in the business -- here he bursts out of a heavy safe -- and who walks, hunched over, through the cartoons with a stuttering, hopping step, underscored by Sibelius to a jazz beat. And whenever the mynah bird appears, so does chaos, because he's getting where he's going no matter what you do. The mynah is the trickster, even more than Bugs Bunny's take on Rabbit. In some ways he is a precursor on the Roadrunner, but much purer and funnier.

It is a pity that he was always paired with Inki, because this makes him obscure -- the only other time I have seen him appear is in a meaningless turn in one of the Tweety-Sylvester mysteries that the Cartoon Network ran about the turn of the millennium. But these movies do turn up occasionally, if maddeningly infrequently. If you have a chance to see one, don't miss it.

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