Skip to comments.Tom & Jerry Fans Protest Warner Brothers; DVD/Blu-Ray Episodes w/ Cat & Mouse 'Blacked-Up' Pulled
Posted on 08/11/2013 6:00:05 PM PDT by DogByte6RER
Tom and Jerry fans accuse Warner Brothers of censorship after episodes which show the cat and mouse 'blacked-up' are pulled from new collection
The Golden Collection Volume Two was supposed to be uncut
Two episodes have been taken out because they are deemed 'inappropriate'
Fans have accused Warner Brothers of omitting history
Box-set was meant to go on sale two months ago but yet to reach shelves
Fans of the classic cartoon Tom and Jerry are furious two episodes deemed 'inappropriate' because they feature the cat and mouse 'blacked-up' have been removed from a new collection.
Warner Brothers' Golden Collection Volume Two was intended to be an uncut series of the popular animation in chronological order.
But offending episodes Casanova Cat made in 1951 and Mouse Cleaning from 1948 have been pulled.
In both episodes either the cat or mouse is 'blacked-up'.
In Casanova Cat Jerry's face is covered in cigar smoke before he is made to do a minstrel dance.
The box-set was also meant to go on sale two months ago but has yet made it into shops.
Fans have been posting angry messages on websites where you can pre-order the Blu-ray DVD such as Amazon explaining why they won't be buying the discs.
One message reads: 'Culture is always reflected in cartoons, and while this may not have been right, it existed.
'It is a shame to omit pieces of history in a collection simply due to PR getting shaky boots over the past.'
Another posted: 'These releases are almost exclusively for the adult collector, so why treat us like infants?'
A campaign group has also appeared on Facebook called 'Unleash the banned Tom and Jerry cartoons.'
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My mom has a VHS of Song of the South. She had to get it from the UK
If Obama had a cat and a mouse, they would look like blacked-up Tom and Jerry.
We had this in the libraries too. The Chicago Public library listed 15 copies of “Little Black Sambo” as recently as 1998, but not a single copy was to be found (I was doing some research). Seems books certain people do not like are intentionaly lost, stolen, destroyed, or simply thrown away. (”Our Bodies, Ourselves” is another book frequently vandalized. Seems both liberals and extreme conservatives or fundamentalists engage in similar practices)
Yes, it is the censoring of history. Imagine all Holocaust photos disappearing, or all pro eugenics data destroyed, or all acts of a corrupt administartion denied. Oh wait.
By the way, they do the same with Bugs Bunny and you can be certain we will never see a re-release of “Song of the South.”
Once upon a time, they re-edited some of the mammy two-shoes episodes to replace her with an Irish housemaid. Sometimes the transfers mixed up the voices/footage.
Unintentional hilarity ensued.
Just get it on BitTorrent. Don’t pay these swines for their Stalinist censorship.
I’ve got many of the cartoons on laserdisc. Jerry Beck ran into some resistance from MGM (before the MGM-Turner and WB libraries were merged in a giant corporate monopoly) but his releases were on the order of 1000 high end boxed sets being sold to adults with some discs (at least in the Loony Tunes cartoons sets) being specifically labeled “politically incorrect”.
I don’t know if Tex Avery’s Uncle Tom’s Cabana ever made it to US DVD (it was on laserdisc).
I’ve got a whole CD of politically-incorrect Disney cartoons around here somewhere from the WWII era full of “Nips” and “Japs” and such.
“Is you is or is you ain’t my baby..”!
I was going to bring up how Disney blocked out the Song of the South.
I believe the problem was that the slaves in that movie were treated well and that isn’t the agenda.
>>My mom has a VHS of Song of the South. She had to get it from the UK<<
You admit that on the interwebz???
Your mom can expect a knock on the door from the IRS any moment now (the fact you use a FR pseudonym is easily wiped aside by the NSA).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3bjsNZSduLE Casanova Cat
Mouse cleaning - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0TGQteG7SdY
At a little over one minute we see the maid and she is obviously a 'person of color'. Then a little further to the "blackface minstrel dance" - hilarious!
The last T&J collection I bought had Mammy Two-Shoes all over the place. Of course, Whooopi! Goldberg was on hand to inform us all of the racist and insensitive nature of the cartoons and, by extension, Americans of the age.
Who cares. They’re great, great cartoons.
I’ve always disliked Tom & Jerry, even when I was a child. Whoever created that cartoon must have really hated cats. Tom always got brutalized, and in some of those old episodes he got killed at the end. The guys who created The Simpsons made a nasty satire out of Tom & Jerry called “Itchy & Scratchy”. Now they’re running those old Tom & Jerry cartoons on Boomerang. I never fail to remember to miss them.
Imitation is the are of flattery.
I have the complete opposite take. I would DVR Tom & Jerry every day on Boomerang. Tex Avery was truly the King of Cartoons.
In Soviet Russia, every time a new regime came to power, the party would change all of the history books. Sound vaguely familiar?
The new US History textbooks should be titled: “America: Our Changing Past”.
During WW1 the British were called “Toms” and the Germans were called “Jerrys”.
So trying to omit the racism from this show is impossible.
Oh wait, it doesn’t count if you’re white. :)
They even now edit the Classic Fawlty Towers episode, “The Germans”, because Major used the N-word in it.
Huh, I haven’t seen Mouse Cleaning since I was a kid.
I saw Song the South years ago and saw nothing wrong with it. It takes place AFTER the Civil War. The main character, a black man, is very positive and likable. The only negative characters were a couple of bratty little white boys.
His quote was:
The strange thing was that throughout the morning, she kept referring to the Indians as “Niggers.”
No, no, I said.
Niggers are the West Indians, these people are Wogs!
Collins and Harlan-****** Loves His Possum
I would tend to agree. I guess because he is not an angry black man it is wrong. I think there were a couple of charaterizations that would be considered a little of putting now.