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Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)

So White flees from the wicked Queenie, wins over the thugs from Murder Inc. and meets her overrated Prince Chawmin'.

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Ivie Anderson Ivie Anderson ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Dwarfs / Worm in Apple / Honey Chile (voice) (uncredited)
Ruby Dandridge ... Queen's Sweet Voice / Queen's Laugh (voice) (uncredited)
Vivian Dandridge Vivian Dandridge ... So White (voice) (uncredited)
Lillian Randolph ... Mammy (voice) (uncredited)
Zoot Watson Zoot Watson ... Prince Chawmin' (voice) (uncredited)
Danny Webb Danny Webb ... Queen (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Spoof of 'Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)' with an all-black cartoon cast. Many WWII references, including rationing (the evil Queen is a hoarder of sugar and rubber tires) and Jeep vehicles (the Sebben Dwarfs come to the rescue in three of them). Also spoofs the extreme close-up of Kane's lips uttering "Rosebud" in 'Citizen Kane (1941)'. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 January 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

So White and de sebben dwarfs See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Despite the title, the main character's name is So White. See more »

Quotes

Dwarfs: [examining the unconscious So White] She's out of this world!, she's stiff as wood!, she's got it bad and that ain't good!
'Dopey' Dwarf: There's only one thing that'll remedy this, and that's Prince Chawmin and his dynamite kiss!
Prince Chawmin': I'll giver her that kiss, and it won't be a dud. I'll bring her to life with my special...
[Extreme close up on lips]
Prince Chawmin': [with reverb] ... Rosebud!
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Crazy Credits

A unique "That's All, Folks!" card features an animated shot of Mammy and a little girl rocking in an armchair. See more »

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Followed by Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943) See more »

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Music by Daniel Decatur Emmett
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Very unique, well animated and funny with one of the catchiest soundtracks in a Merry Melodies cartoon
28 September 2011 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Okay, I get why some mayn't like Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs, the characters are rather stereotyped. As for complaints of racism, I can kind of see why people say that, but I do think people need to remember when this cartoon was made, in the 40s, an era where racism was much bigger in a sense than it is now.

This aside, I think Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs is terrific, and one of Clampett's funniest and most unique achievements. The animation is really very good, the characters while on the stereotypical side are still well animated, the colours are plentiful, done in a subtle shade without dating the film one bit and the background art is smooth enough.

I also have to say that I love the music here. Merrie Melodies always have great music, but Carl Stalling's score here is very jazzy and extremely catchy. As I've said too, Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs is very funny, not just with the timeless fairytale done in a fresh twist but the quotes are quotable and irreverent with a lot of effective exaggerated comedic effect and I love also the subtle cues and nuances.

The voice acting is great, Mel Blanc for one lends his distinctive voice and once again excels. Need I mention as well that Snow White is one sassy babe? Overall, funny, unique, catchy, just a great cartoon really. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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