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Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943) Poster

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One of the 11 shorts banned from TV syndication by United Artists in 1968 (then the owners of the pre-1947 color Looney Tunes shorts) for alleged racism. Ted Turner continued the ban when he acquired these cartoons and stated that these films will not be re-issued and will not be put on home video. Warner Bros., however, reacquired these shorts in 1996 when Time Warner purchased Turner Entertainment, which returned them to their original aegis for the first time since 1957. These cartoons will probably never air on television again, and only non-Warner Bros.-licensed public-domain video tapes will probably ever have these shorts on them.
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This was the only short for which the animators at Warner Bros. did any research. They went to African American nightclubs to learn the slang.
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Mel Blanc's contract with Warner Brothers gave him sole voice credit for all Warner's cartoons, however most of the voices are provided by members of the all-black revue "Jump For Joy" which was playing in Los Angeles at the time this cartoon was made.
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Despite the title, the main character's name is So White.
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The queen, with her enormous fake nose, does a brief imitation of Jimmy Durante.
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Among the items around the Evil Queen in her throne room are a bottle of Eli Whitney's Cotton Gin (the name belongs to a machine that removes seeds from raw cotton), and a box of candy labeled Chattanooga Chew-Chews (taken from "Chattanooga Choo-Choo," the title of a song popular for that time). The crest over her head on the throne includes two dice and a pair of crossed straight-razors.
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When Murder Inc. comes, there is a listing of their fees as follows: We Rub out Anybody $1, Midgets 1/2 price, Japs Free.
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The working title was "So White And De Sebben Dwarfs." It was changed at the last minute to avoid confusion with the Disney feature.
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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.
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Vitaphone production reel #1093A.
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