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Jungle Jitters (1938)

Starts out with a tribe of African cannibals imitating Native Americans. After this, they do the new Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down." Then a sloppy ... See full summary »

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

George Manuell (story) (as Geo. Manuell)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Natives / Guard / Preacher (voice) (uncredited)
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Starts out with a tribe of African cannibals imitating Native Americans. After this, they do the new Warner Bros. Looney Tunes theme "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down." Then a sloppy stuttering salesman knocks on their doors, and they bring him in and put him in a pot of boiling water. The queen of the tribe wants to see the man. She falls in love with him. They get married, but when the salesman sees he has to kiss the bride, he decides he'd be better off being dinner for a tribe of hungry cannibals. Written by Steve Siegert <nsiegert@remc8.k12.mi.us>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 February 1938 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

One of the "Censored 11" banned from TV syndication by United Artists (then the owners of the Looney Tunes film library) in 1968 for their blatant 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 tapes/DVDs will probably ever have these cartoons on them. See more »

Quotes

Preacher: I now sentence you t' be man and wife, kiss the bride, that'll be two dollahs, please.
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Soundtracks

Goombay Drum
(uncredited)
Written by Charles Lofthouse, Schuyler Knowlton and Stanley Adams
Played at the beginning, when the Queen is introduced, and after the wedding ceremony
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most likely filler
6 August 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Typical racist cartoon from back in the days when it was acceptable to portray Africa as people dancing around in loincloths. As it is, I got the feeling that "Jungle Jitters" was one of the cartoons that they made as a place holder in between the really good cartoons (1938 also saw the release of "Daffy Duck in Hollywood").

So, while the offensive material is the most obvious thing, the other point is that there is one clever scene: the merry-go-round (to the tune of "Merry-Go-Round Broke Down"). And there's the common situation of a cultural reference that people won't get nowadays; I'd certainly never heard of Elmer Burt.

So, I recommend this one as a historical reference.


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