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Uncle Tom's Bungalow (1937)

In this parody of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Little Eva and Topsy try to rescue old Uncle Tom from the clutches of the evil slave-dealer Simon Simon [sic] Legree.

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Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Tex Avery ... Uncle Tom (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Hound (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Simon Simon Legree (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Little Eva (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph ... Topsy / Eliza (voice) (uncredited)
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In this parody of Uncle Tom's Cabin, Little Eva and Topsy try to rescue old Uncle Tom from the clutches of the evil slave-dealer Simon Simon [sic] Legree.

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One of the "Censored 11" banned from T.V. 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 »

Quotes

Narrator: And last, but not leashed, the hounds.
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Connections

Spoofs Uncle Tom's Cabin (1927) See more »

Soundtracks

With Plenty of Money and You
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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Uncle Tom's Cabin With Meta-Humor
17 January 2021 | by VimaconeSee all my reviews

The first of several parodies of well known stories that Tex Avery would do through out his career. Here the characters from the novel Uncle Tom's Cabin are revealed to be actors for hire. They are filming a modernized retelling of the story.

One of the censored eleven WB cartoons taken off the air for racial stereotypes, in this case for irrelevant slavery references. It is important to realize that Uncle Tom's Cabin was still a celebrated novel/play well into the early 20th century (although not always for the best reasons). At the time, it would have been natural for a humorist such as Avery to do a parody work.

Aside from the tasteless setup and some cringeworthy moments, there are some redeeming elements. This is the first cartoon in which Irv Spence animated for Avery. He gave his characters a lot of loose energy and flexibility. And it really looks great here. The climatic chase of Eliza by Simon Simon Legree, with a suspenseful underscore of Sweet Georgia Brown, anticipates those that Avery would do in later works.

In the pre-internet days, this short (along the the other censored 11 titles) was next to impossible to see (unless you were lucky enough to obtain a good film print). Still, it would be nice if WB would make this legally accessible for animation enthusiasts and historians, despite the problematic content.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 June 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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