I'm sure most of you cartoon fans have seen the little apologies on the Disney and Looney Tunes DVD sets by Leonard Maltin and Whoopi Goldberg that precede any short that contains a racial stereotype or caricature. As much as those introductions piss me off I suppose it's better than these cartoons never seeing the light of day again. How do you feel about them?
When Leah and I went to visit the ASIFA-Hollywood Animation Archive in May we got to see a nearly pristine copy of Bob Clampett's 'Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs'. Everyone there found it to be an intensely entertaining cartoon. Nobody watching seemed to be offended, we were all laughing and marveling at this great piece of 'lost' animation.
Is 'Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs' racist? Or is it just filled with the exaggeration and caricature typical of most of Clampett's cartoons? Is it possible to do exaggerated ethnic characters without being labeled a racist? Below is the best copy of this cartoon I could find online, though the quality isn't the best please watch it and let me know what you think!
More food for thought here and here.
Tuesday, June 20, 2006
It looks like some lawyers don't want me sharing old MGM cartoons with you guys. YouTube has removed most of the 'Lost Cartoons' I uploaded at the request of the current media giant that owns the copyrights. I could understand if it was possible to purchase these cartoons on DVD, but they're all out of print. Some of them may never see the light of day in their original form. It was fun while it lasted!