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A History of Racist Animation

Contents: Film excerpts: Chinese laundry blues --Rasslin' match (Amos n' Andy) -- Hittin' the trail toHallelujah Land -- Pickaninny blues -- Scrub me, mama,with a boggie beat -- All this and rabbit stew --Little Black Sambo -- John Henry -- Jasper in thehaunted house -- Bosko shipwrecked -- Jungle jazz--Robinson Crusoe, Jr. -- Jungle jitters -- Shanty whereSanty Claus lives -- Musical Lulu -- Have you got anycastles? -- Ducktators -- Japoteurs (Superman) --You're a sap, Mr. Jap (Popeye) -- Ali Baba bound --Popeye meets Ali Baba -- Timid toreador -- Porky'sgarden -- Daffy duckaroo -- Molly Moo Cow and theIndians -- Hell bent for election (1944, F.D. Rooseveltpolitical cartoon).
Presents historical commentary and excerpts from across section of cartoons, once seen as harmless, butnow perceived as racist stereotypes. Rare footageincludes "Chinese Laundry Blues" (poking fun at bothChinese and Jews), George Pal's "John Henry," theincredibly racist "Pickaninny Blues," complete withshuffling Negroes being sold on the auction block, aswell as Walter Lantz's "Scrub me, mama, with a boogiebeat," Bosco, Amos n' Andy, Little Black Sambo as wellas American propaganda cartoons from World War II.Consists primarily of excerpts from films originallyissued between 1930-1950.