After crash landing in Africa, Tom and Jerry masquerade as Africans in a futile attempt to adapt to a strange environment.


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Uncredited cast:
Aubrey Lyles ...
Jerry (voice) (uncredited)
F.E. Miller ...
Tom (voice) (uncredited)


Tom and Jerry are transporting goods via airplane to Africa. But being white men they're worried they won't be safe, so they put on blackface to fit in. Once they're wearing it, they adopt black dialect and fully inhabit their new characters. They crash into the ocean and use the wing of the plane as a raft. Before reaching land, they suffer the advances of an over-affectionate octopus and more serious danger from sharks, a swordfish and a whale. Once on land, they're frightened by fantastic creatures, and duck into a cave. Inside it's even worse when they encounter living skeletons in blackface. And upon exiting the cave, things are even worse than that when they are discovered by cannibals. Written by J. Spurlin

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Release Date:

25 June 1932 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(RCA Photophone System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Plane Dumb features the worst in racial stereotyping
21 November 2006 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

While credited as a Tom and Jerry cartoon, this is not the cat-and-mouse team but an earlier Mutt-and-Jeff rip-off featuring them going to Africa and disguising themselves in the stereotypical burnt cork makeup to try to blend in. While the dialect humor is mostly lame, there is a brief musical sequence involving "black skeletons" that was entertaining. I have to ask however, how could Tom and Jerry still have their makeup stay on even after being dumped in the water a couple of times? One of many entries produced by the Van Beuren Corporation for distribution by RKO Radio Pictures before RKO made a deal with Disney. Only worth seeing if you're an animation buff or is interested in how certain ethnicities were stereotyped as entertainment way back when.

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