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Detouring America is a 1939 Merrie Melodies short directed by Tex Avery.

Plot

A tour of the United States includes recurring checks on the progress of the human fly climbing the Empire State Building. Also featured are jokes and gags on the Everglades, the Wyoming prairies, Alaska, a California prospector, Sioux Indians and a Jerry Colona-esque (literal) Texas cow-puncher. In a final check back on the human fly, who has almost made it to the top of the Empire State Building, when the narrator tells him to say a word to the audience, he yells "HELP!"

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Censorship

  • Two scenes are cut on Cartoon Network and Boomerang airings of the short due to ethnic stereotyping:[2]
    • A poor, black hitchhiker at the North Pole, singing "Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny", and an Eskimo obliges by literally carrying the poor, black man all the way to the Virginia state line.
    • Although the Native American segment is not removed entirely, despite rumors to the contrary, only one scene from the segment is cut: An Indian mother dealing with the dopey, oversized, adult son she's carrying on her papoose.

Notes

  • "Detouring America"'s original ending card was never released on any home video format, but the original ending titles do exist on the censored a.a.p. print on American television.
  • This cartoon is the second to feature the WARNER BROS. font without the yellow banner. The first is "Wise Quacks". This would be another prototype WARNER BROS. design. This is also one of three cartoons to have WARNER BROS. not on a banner with the 1938-39 Color Rings.

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