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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

Robert Clampett wanted an all-black band to score the cartoon, much as the Fleischers had Cab Calloway score the Betty Boop cartoons they were featured in. Producer Leon Schlesinger refused to fund the endeavour, and the black band Clampett had hired, Eddie Beal and His Orchestra, only recorded the music for the final kiss sequence. The rest of the film was scored, as was standard for Warner cartoons at the time, by Carl W. Stalling. See more »

Quotes

Queen: De gal! And de prince! Wotta sickenin' sight!
[on telephone]
Queen: Hello, Murder Incorporated? BLACK OUT SO WHITE!
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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 »

Connections

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

Soundtracks

The Gold Diggers' Song (We're in the Money)
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
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"It takes us cats to catch them rats."
24 September 2016 | by utgard14See all my reviews

Merrie Melodies short, directed by Bob Clampett, notable today for being one of the Censored Eleven. For those who don't know, the Censored Eleven are cartoons that were withheld from syndication because they were considered to be too offensive due to their use of racial stereotypes and imagery. This one, a spin on Snow White with a black cast of characters (mostly voiced by black actors), is arguably the best of all the cartoons on the Censored Eleven list. It's hailed as one of Clampett's masterpieces by many animation historians. Some viewers today might not see what all the fuss is about and will almost certainly be put off by the exaggerated racial stereotypes. But there is value here, particularly with the energetic animation and the incorporation of jazz music. And honestly it's funny in spots, too. Recommending cartoons like this is tricky business because people have strong reactions to anything racial. Many people will likely not enjoy it and may even find themselves uncomfortable watching a minute of it. But those who are able to view it through something other than a "modern lens" I think will see that there's a lot of artistic merit to it and, yes, even some entertainment. It's not for all tastes, though, obviously.


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