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Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat (1941)

The black residents of Lazy Town are bored one day until a sultry light-skinned woman shows up to teach them what rhythm is.


Walter Lantz (uncredited)


Ben Hardaway (story)


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Uncredited cast:
Ivie Anderson Ivie Anderson ... The Girl (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Boat Captain / Mammy / Fighter One / Fighter Two / Various (voice) (uncredited)


The black residents of Lazy Town are bored one day until a sultry light-skinned woman shows up to teach them what rhythm is.

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Release Date:

28 March 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Petteri Papukaijan ja Ankan seikkailut See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Written by Don Raye in 1940, the title tune was a hit for The Andrews Sisters. See more »


Featured in That's Black Entertainment (1990) See more »


Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat
Words and Music by Don Raye
Sung by Vivian Dandridge
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Incredibly racist, but....
14 June 2000 | by Ddey65See all my reviews

There is no doubt that this rarely seen Walter Lantz Cartoon is one of the most racist cartoon shorts of the early 20th Century, rivaling the "Little Black Sambo," serials, and Warner Bros.' "Inki and the Mynah Bird." Every ethnic stereotype of the period is here, except little black kids being swallowed by alligators. But the most shocking aspect of this cartoon, was that it was an HOMAGE to black culture in America, rather than an attempt to slander it! By today's standards, or for that matter the standards of anytime after 1954, this would disgust anyone who knew that the man who created the loveable Woody Woodpecker, would stoop to such bad taste, and yet he and the rest of the crew saw this cartoon as praising African-Americans, rather than insulting them. Would I recommend that you see it? After finding out about this tidbit, I'm not so sure.

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