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MeTV, an acronym for Memorable Entertainment Television, is an American broadcast television network. Marketed as "The Definitive Destination for Classic TV", the network airs a variety of classic television programs from the 1950s through the early 1990s.

In January 2021, the network started to air two blocks called "Toon In with Me" and "Saturday Morning Cartoons" consisting of classic Warner Bros. cartoons alongside Popeye, MGM, and Tom and Jerry shorts. This made MeTV the first station in over twenty years to air these cartoons outside of Cartoon Network and Boomerang, and the first non-WarnerMedia-owned station in the United States since ABC to air Looney Tunes shorts since The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show ended its run 2 September 2000.

In May 2021, the network began airing Pink Panther shorts and other shorts from DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, and also aired a "MeTV+" exclusive block, "Sunday Night Cartoons", which consists of reruns of certain shorts. However, despite the fact that the latter does reruns, it is known to air new cartoons too, restored or unrestored. The only public domain Woody Woodpecker short, "Pantry Panic", made its debut on the "Toon In with Me" block in October 2021.

In December 2021, Columbia and Paramount's Color Classics shorts made their debuts on "Toon In with Me".

Censorship

In stark contrast to free-to-air and basic cable channels (particularly ABC, CBS, the WB, FOX, Nickelodeon, TNT, TBS, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang in the United States), MeTV airs the Warner Bros. shorts uncut for slapstick violence, gun violence, dangerous behavior (which has marked the return of and first time "The Bee-Deviled Bruin" -- once barred from the now-defunct WB network when That's Warner Bros.! changed its name to The Bugs 'n' Daffy Show in its second season -- has aired uncut and uncensored on free-to-air American television), scenes of characters being hanged, strangled, or lynched (which has marked the return of and first time that cartoons such as "Big House Bunny", "Claws for Alarm", "A Sheep in the Deep", "Good Noose", and "Skyscraper Caper" have aired uncut on American television), scenes featuring suicidal behavior and actions (which has marked the return of and first time that cartoons such as "Horton Hatches the Egg", "Tortoise Wins by a Hare", the general audience version of "Hare Ribbin'", "Life with Feathers", "Scaredy Cat", and "Martian Through Georgia" have aired uncut on free-to-air American television), scenes of characters ingesting dangerous chemicals or abusing drugs, including alcohol and tobacco (as seen with "The Unruly Hare", "Daffy Dilly", "Curtain Razor", "Mouse Mazurka", "Each Dawn I Crow", "Big House Bunny", "Ballot Box Bunny", "Punch Trunk", "Beanstalk Bunny", "Show Biz Bugs", "High Note", "The Last Hungry Cat", and "A Sheep in the Deep"); and scenes featuring mild bad language or references to rude gestures (as heard in "A Tale of Two Kitties", "Falling Hare", "The Rebel Without Claws", "I Was a Teenage Thumb", and the 1964 version of "Dumb Patrol"). In addition, cartoon shorts featuring or starring characters now considered controversial, such as the Drunk Stork, Chuck Jones' dysfunctional Three Bears family, Speedy Gonzales, and Pepé Le Pew are shown uncut and uncensored on MeTV, as opposed to either being seldom aired or not aired at all.

However, MeTV, like the aforementioned free-to-air and basic cable networks, still edits the Warner Bros. shorts for scenes featuring outdated racial caricatures and use of outdated racist language and imagery when featured on the Toon In with Me and Saturday Morning Cartoons blocks, though, as seen below, there have been exceptions. MeTV+'s Sunday Night Cartoons block edits the shorts as well, but, occasionally, the shorts will air uncut and be prefaced with a disclaimer that tells viewers that some of the content featured is a product of its time and may be considered offensive in this day and age.

Some examples include:

  • "Tortoise Wins by a Hare": Even though the scene of the gangster rabbits pouncing on Bugs before he reaches the finish line and the oft-censored suicide ending are uncut on MeTV, the earlier scene of Bugs' race against Cecil Turtle showing their pictures in the newspaper edited the word "Jap" from an article about a cruiser being blown up in the Pacific Ocean. Initially, the word "Jap" was blurred out, which also covered the "R" in "Challenger" and the "C" in "cruiser". Later airings still edited the word, but changed the blur to a cleaner, less obvious digital erasing. This edit was never done when this short aired on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT, or any local syndicated affiliates, it later aired uncut on 15 January 2022, and is on HBO Max's streaming service (American feed) with no scenes cut nor any digital alterations done to the newspaper scene.
  • Similar to the above edit, "Hurdy-Gurdy Hare" also aired on MeTV with most of the smaller "Help Wanted" ads blurred out to remove two ads on a newspaper that state that they are looking for white employees only, an edit that was never done when this short aired on free-to-air TV or cable, most likely because the versions shown were unrestored copies that made the wanted ads too hard to read. However, some frames in the newspaper were left unedited and the cartoon was previously shown uncut and uncensored back in May 2021. The American version of HBO Max also features this short with no edits or digital alterations done to the newspaper scene.
  • "Bugs' Bonnets": While the scenes of gun violence, spoken references to violence (the man clad in pirate regalia screaming, "Kill the women and children first!" and Elmer's "Come out and wet me see the cowor of your spurting bwood!" line), tobacco smoking, and criminal behavior (Bugs as a gangster bribing Elmer as a cop and Bugs turning into a judge who sentences Elmer the cop to hard labor) were left uncut on MeTV, compared to being edited on ABC, CBS, the WB, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang, the scene of Bugs Bunny impersonating a Native American and shooting Elmer Fudd with his own rifle was edited. In contrast to the ABC, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang versions, which cut the entire sequence, MeTV's version created a strange, yet obvious edit. The scene of Bugs as the game warden about to punish Elmer for shooting out of season before a Pilgrim hat falls on Elmer's head and Elmer tells Bugs the game warden that he's shooting turkey for the first Thanksgiving was left in. The MeTV-edited version then zooms in on Elmer's reaction and mutes the audio track briefly before resuming back to normal in the next scene, completely removing the Native American braided wig falling on Bugs' head, the stereotypical Native American music, and Bugs saying "Ugh!" just as he takes Elmer's gun and shoots him.[1] This scene was also unaltered when the short previously aired back in May 2021, much like "Hurdy-Gurdy Hare". This cartoon is available on the HBO Max streaming service in Latin America and Brazil, but, currently, not on the American version.
  • "I Taw a Putty Tat" is a strange, yet similar case to "Tortoise Wins by a Hare", "Hurdy-Gurdy Hare", and "Bugs' Bonnets". The scene of Sylvester posing as a Swedish maid to get Tweety, only to end up in blackface and speaking like Rochester ("Uh-oh, back to the kitchen! I smell somethin' burning!") from a stick of dynamite was shown uncensored when it premiered on the network's Saturday Morning Cartoons block, even though that block is known to edit out blackface gags or ethnic stereotyping of black people in general.[2] However, the short now runs edited on the weekday morning block, Toon In with Me, and is edited similarly to how Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and the WB did it.
  • "Aviation Vacation" still has the African native scenes cut as they were on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, and the USA and EU Turner prints.[3] It was once on HBO Max in 2021 before being removed for this exact reason.
  • "Believe It or Else" still has the "berth of a baby" sight gag cut due to the appearance of two stereotypical black train porters as it was on the Ted Turner-owned cable networks TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.[4]
  • "Porky's Baseball Broadcast" is edited to remove the joke about "scalpers" being depicted as American Indians, similar to how it was edited on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang.[5] Despite this, this short was recently made available on the WarnerMedia RIDE streaming service with the offending scene intact.
  • "Yankee Doodle Bugs" was partially edited on MeTV. The scene of the Dutchman giving the Native American a song in exchange for Manhattan Island was left in, but the Native American running off, yelling, "Me rich chief! Me rich SUPER chief!" was edited.[6] This was also how it was cut on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, as opposed to how the WB, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang edited it, where the entire scene was cut. However, the short is available on the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set uncut, uncensored, and restored.
  • "Ain't That Ducky" still airs with the scene of Daffy Duck having his hair turn into that of a stereotypical black girl's a la pickaninny braids censored, like how it was when the short aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.[7] When the short airs on the Sunday Night Cartoons MeTV+ exclusive block, the scene is retained, but with a disclaimer added before the airing.
  • "Porky's Prize Pony" still has the scene containing the very brief glimpse of black stablehands leading horses out before the start of the races cut, like how it was on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and Nickelodeon.[8]
  • "Mouse-Taken Identity": The scene with Sylvester chasing Hippety Hopper around an American Indian display was censored; it cuts to Sylvester showing his son that Hippety Hopper scalped him, though the scene of the American Indian statue is left intact, leaving in for a very obvious plot hole.[9] Compare with the version shown on ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, where the entire scene was cut, including Sylvester showing his son that he had been scalped. This short is available uncut and uncensored on the American feed of HBO Max.
  • "Swooner Crooner" still has the Al Jolson rooster audition cut, as it was on TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang. The short was temporarily shown on HBO Max (American feed).
  • "Patient Porky" still has the scenes with Rochester, the black elevator operator, cut, similar to how it was edited on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang. Currently, the short is on the American feed of HBO Max, despite having little to no cartoons featuring characters in blackface or African-American stereotypes of any kind.
  • "Doggone Cats" still airs with the scene of Wellington impersonating a Chinese peasant after a trash can lid lands on his head cut, just like it was on the WB, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang. However, MeTV's version was partially edited; their version left in the trash can lid landing on Wellington's head before cutting to his mistress ordering him to come to her.[10] The versions shown on the WB, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang cut after Wellington's mistress screams, "WELLINGTON!" after he continues harassing the two cats. It should also be noted that neither MeTV, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, nor the WB ever cut the scene of Wellington getting pepper blown in his face and sneezing so hard that he backs into a cigar store Indian statue and gets cigars crammed in his mouth, despite all four of those channels having a history of editing American Indian stereotypes and, in the cases of the WB, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang, scenes of characters smoking tobacco products.

In contrast to the above edits, a handful of cartoons with scenes featuring outdated racial and ethnic stereotypes have been shown uncut:

  • The Native American scenes in the following cartoons were shown uncut and uncensored:
    • The painting of Johnny Smith about to be decapitated by a Native American in "Porky's Hotel", which was never edited on Nickelodeon, Cartoon Network, or Boomerang.
    • The Hiawatha scene in "A Gander at Mother Goose", which was cut on Cartoon Network and Boomerang, but is on HBO Max (American feed) uncut and uncensored.
    • The clip show scene from "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" featuring Bugs Bunny and Hiawatha in "What's Cookin' Doc?", which caused the cartoon to be once banned on Cartoon Network for American Indian stereotyping, but is on HBO Max's streaming service (American feed) and the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set. It is currently unknown if MeTV will air "Hiawatha's Rabbit Hunt" uncut, with cuts, or ban it due to Native American stereotyping, though that short was on the American feed of HBO Max as well before eventually being removed.
    • Fido the Dog acting like a Native American when his food arrives in "Behind the Meat-Ball", which rarely aired on American television due to American Indian stereotyping and references to WWII food rationing, even though it wasn't edited; it was temporarily on HBO Max (American version) and is available on WarnerMedia RIDE.
    • The scene of Bugs Bunny impersonating a Native American maiden to cheat Rocky out of his money in "Racketeer Rabbit". While this short was edited on WB, it wasn't because of this scene; only for scenes featuring gun violence (Rocky and Hugo shooting at the police, Hugo needing a board for support while firing a gatling gun, Bugs sleepily ducking under Hugo's gunfire to get some water, and Bugs babbling like an auctioneer after Rocky threatens Bugs with a gun to his face). This short was temporarily available on the American feed of HBO Max, but is on the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set uncut.
    • "The Big Snooze": The "Super Chief" gag where Bugs ties Elmer to the railroad tracks and Bugs appears as the dreaded Super Chief train wearing a Native American headdress while Bugs and baby versions of him run over Elmer was left uncut. This edit was curiously not done when "The Big Snooze" aired on the Ted Turner-owned networks (TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang), though those channels once ran "The Big Snooze" edited to remove Bugs taking out a bottle of sleeping pills and taking one so he can get inside Elmer's dreams. The short is available on the HBO Max streaming service (American feed).
    • The scene of Native Americans in Manhattan after Bugs Bunny gives them the land back in "Rebel Rabbit", which was edited for American Indian stereotyping on the WB, FOX, Cartoon Network (which once aired the short uncut on an after-midnight showing of Bugs and Daffy), and Boomerang, but was on the American version of HBO Max before being pulled.
    • Bugs Bunny impersonating a Native American in "High Diving Hare", which was edited for American Indian stereotyping on ABC and Nickelodeon, though not Cartoon Network or Boomerang.
    • Daffy's new wife wanting Daffy to "play Indian" with Wentworth and the subsequent scene of Daffy getting attacked and scalped by a meat cleaver offscreen in "His Bitter Half", which was edited on FOX and Nickelodeon, but not for American Indian stereotypes; just gun violence and dangerous behavior involving fireworks. This short is on HBO Max's streaming service in Latin America and Brazil, but currently not on the American version of the streaming service yet.
    • Both scenes in "Gift Wrapped" (which was edited on ABC, Cartoon Network, Boomerang, and WB, but is available on iTunes Video and HBO Max in Latin America and Brazil, but not on the American feed) and "Tweet Dreams" (which was also edited on ABC, but not Cartoon Network or Boomerang, and is on HBO Max's American feed of the streaming service), where Sylvester and Granny act like the Native Americans, Geronimo and Pocahontas respectively.
    • The scene of the mice in "Kiddin' the Kitten" dancing around Dodsworth's mistress after holding her captive like Indians, which was never edited on American free-to-air or cable television. This short is available on HBO Max in the USA, Latin America and Brazil.
    • Henery Hawk acting as an Indian and scalping Foghorn Leghorn in "The EGGcited Rooster", which was never edited on American television, though the short itself is one of those that saw little to no airplay on most American networks due to racially-insensitive content. This cartoon is currently available on HBO Max on the Latin American and Brazilian feeds, but not the American feed.
    • Although not shown onscreen, the scene where the Drunk Stork goes into a Native American tipi to drink firewater, and an American Indian's stereotypical voice can be heard in "Stork Naked". Much like "The EGGcited Rooster", "Stork Naked" was also a Warner Bros. short that was never edited on American TV, but was rarely, if ever, aired on free-to-air and basic cable TV. In this case, it was because of the American Indian stereotype scene (even though it was offscreen and no Native Americans were shown onscreen), the appearance of the Drunken Stork character, and Daffy setting up violent traps to get rid of the stork. This cartoon is currently available on HBO Max in Latin America and Brazil, and was temporarily on HBO Max in America.
    • Bugs Bunny briefly impersonating a Native American in "Baton Bunny", which was never edited on American free-to-air or cable television. This cartoon was temporarily on the American feed of HBO Max, but was pulled. This short is currently on the Latin American and Brazilian feeds of HBO Max, as well as on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes Video.
    • The scene of Injun Joe going out to face Yosemite Sam, only to get shot and have his beer drunk by a man who gets free beer from men who have died facing Sam, in "Wild and Woolly Hare", which was edited for American Indian stereotyping and depictions of alcohol drinking on WB, FOX, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang, though not Nickelodeon, which just edited gun violence, and is available on the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set and the WarnerMedia RIDE streaming service uncut.
    • The scene where Daffy Duck gets shot and scalped by Native Americans after being tricked into walking onto the set of a TV western in "People Are Bunny" is left uncut on MeTV and, surprisingly, was uncut on ABC, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang, though this short is yet another one that saw little to no airplay due to outdated ethnic stereotypes (even though much like "Stork Naked", no Native Americans were shown onscreen). This cartoon was edited on the FOX and syndicated versions of Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends, but not for American Indian stereotypes; just gun violence of Daffy getting shot by hunters as part of a TV show. FOX's version cut Daffy actually getting shot while the syndicated version ended after Bugs tells viewers that they always use blanks on TV. This cartoon is available on HBO Max (American feed) and the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set.
    • Foghorn Leghorn stereotypically acting like a Native American while doing a rain dance in "Crockett-Doodle-Do", which was never edited on American television, though this short was shown infrequently, as Nickelodeon aired this fairly often. This short is currently on iTunes Video.
    • The opening pan of fur trappers, one of which is a Native American, seen on "The Iceman Ducketh". The FOX and syndicated versions of Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends and the WB did edit this cartoon, but not for the Native American scene; just two scenes of gun violence. This cartoon is also on HBO Max (American feed) with no edits.
    • The scene of one of Wile E. Coyote's cameras being dressed like a Native American chief, as shown in "Roadrunner a Go-Go", which was never edited on American free-to-air or cable television.
    • Wile E. Coyote acting like a Native American and doing a rain dance in "Run, Run, Sweet Road Runner", which was never edited on American television, though the short was shown infrequently, as Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon did air this on occasion.
  • "Frigid Hare" and "Bushy Hare", both of which were banned from Cartoon Network's 2001 June Bugs marathon due to outdated racial stereotypes and have had parts cut on other networks ("Frigid Hare" was edited on the syndicated version of Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends and some post-2002 Cartoon Network and Boomerang versions to remove Bugs calling the Inuit hunter an "Eskimo pie-head" and Cartoon Network's initial version that aired on a special Looney Tunes Show installment that commemorated Chuck Jones cut out Bugs' line about not returning to work until July 1953, while Nickelodeon's version of "Bushy Hare" cut the part where Bugs pretends to be dying while Nature Boy stabs the hole he thinks Bugs is in, which angers Bugs so much that he kicks Nature Boy in the hole), are now shown uncut and uncensored on MeTV. While both are not on the American version of HBO Max streaming service at the moment, "Frigid Hare" is on both Amazon Prime Video and iTunes Video, as well as the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set and the first volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set, while "Bushy Hare" is currently available on the Latin American and Brazilian feeds of HBO Max and is on the "Bugs Bunny: Hare Extraordinaire" installment of the short-lived Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD collection.
  • The scene of the South American natives in "8 Ball Bunny", which was cut on ABC and is another short currently not available on the American feed of HBO Max, but is on the Bugs Bunny 80th Anniversary Collection Blu-ray set, was left intact on MeTV. This short is also available on both Amazon Prime Video and iTunes Video.
  • "Hamateur Night", pulled from HBO Max (American feed) because it featured a black Arabic magician, though shown uncut on the Ted Turner-owned networks on the rare times it did air on American TV and is available on WarnerMedia RIDE, was also left uncut when the network aired the short on the Toon In with Me block.
  • "The Organ Grinder", another short pulled from the American version HBO Max because it featured a Chinese character holding laundry who was walking across a street in the climax of the cartoon, but was never edited on American free-to-air or cable television, though "The Organ Grinder" was one of those cartoons that rarely aired due to outdated ethnic stereotypes and the fact that black and white cartoons aren't aired much on American television, was also aired uncut when the network aired the short on the MeTV+ exclusive Sunday Night Cartoons block.
  • "Mucho Locos" left in the clip from "China Jones" where Daffy gets burned by the Chinese Dragon Lady after asking her why she's called that, a scene that was cut from CBS in the 1980s, not because of ethnic stereotyping, but because of concerns over showing a character comically getting set on fire. It's currently unknown if MeTV will air "China Jones" uncut, with cuts, or ban it due to East Asian stereotypes. WarnerMedia RIDE has both this short and "China Jones" on their streaming service uncut, uncensored, and restored.
  • "Tweety and the Beanstalk" (which was edited on ABC, but is available on iTunes Video) and "War and Pieces" (which was edited on ABC and CBS, but not for ethnic stereotypes. ABC edited "War and Pieces" for dangerous behavior involving an explosive [the grenade] and sexual references/gun violence [the "Secrets of a Harem" peepshow that's actually a shotgun] while CBS edited the short for sexual references/gun violence [the "Secrets of a Harem" peepshow that's actually a shotgun]) both had their respective scenes of Sylvester and Wile E. Coyote encountering a stereotypical Chinese version of Tweety and the Road Runner intact.
  • The two scenes from "Trip for Tat" that were censored on ABC in 1994, Sylvester falling through a bridge and sinking a Japanese man in a boat and the end where Sylvester tells viewers in a stereotypical Italian accent that, "Pussycats should eat-a da spaghetta. It-a make-a you nice and fat!" were shown uncut. This short is available on iTunes Video's streaming service uncut, albeit unrestored.
  • The scene where Foxy screams "Mammy, mammy!" in "Lady, Play Your Mandolin!" was left in on MeTV. The short itself rarely played on American television, mostly because black-and-white cartoons don't air on American TV or get much screen time due to obscurity. However, Cartoon Network once aired "Lady, Play Your Mandolin!" as part of their ToonHeads special, "ToonHeads: The Lost Cartoons" with parts cut for time. The short is available on WarnerMedia RIDE uncut.
  • The scene in "Nutty News" featuring the Adolf Hitler jack-in-a-box used to help barbers keep boys still in the barber chair, a scene that was edited on Nickelodeon back in the 1990s, was shown uncut. However, the version shown was the one where the title card isn't shown upside-down due to rumors of possible Nazi symbolism hidden in the upside-down title card, though the card showing the director and animation credits was shown intact. This short is available uncut on WarnerMedia RIDE's streaming service, but with the latter edit still being intact on that print.
  • A very minor and brief gag in "Porky's Railroad", where the Sliverfish engineer speeds by a woodpile with his Silver Fish train, only to reveal a black man hiding underneath said woodpile (referring to a racially offensive saying), was left uncut, another scene that was edited on Nickelodeon back in the 1990s. This short is on HBO Max (American feed).
  • Both "Porky in Wackyland" (which was edited on Nickelodeon) and "Dough for the Do-Do" (which was edited on ABC, but is on Amazon Prime Video and iTunes Video) kept in the black Al Jolson duck saying "Mammy, mammy, mammy" as he walks past Porky.
  • "What's Up Doc?" left in the scene of Elmer passing by Al Jolson as Jolson does his "Mammy, mammy" schtick in the park, which was never edited on American television, as well as Elmer's risque "anti-freeze" joke and Bugs' comic violence against Elmer that prompts the latter to hold Bugs at gunpoint, which were edited on ABC and CBS. This short is available on iTunes Video.
  • "The Mouse-Merized Cat" left in the scene of Catstello being hypnotized into acting like Rochester talking to Jack Benny about being in Harlem at his grandmother's house, unlike the versions shown on the WB, Cartoon Network (barring its brief airing in 2009 when the scene was uncut), and Boomerang. This short is available on the American feed of HBO Max.
  • "The Dixie Fryer" was shown on MeTV's Toon In with Me and Saturday Morning Cartoons blocks, despite being recently banned due to its title, as "Dixie" is a reference to the American South's history of African-American slavery. On a similar note, "The Rebel Without Claws" also aired on the network, despite its Civil War themes and focus on the Confederate side. While both shorts are currently not available on the American feed of HBO Max, the former is available through Amazon Prime Video, iTunes Video and WarnerMedia RIDE, and the latter is available on WarnerMedia RIDE.
  • The scene in "Book Revue" where Daffy and the wolf run into the book "Uncle Tom's Cabin" and Daffy as a black slave woman runs through a frozen river to get away from the wolf, a scene that was edited on the WB, Cartoon Network and Boomerang (barring its appearance on "The Bob Clampett Show"), was left in. Also left in was the "Cherokee Strip" book cover and a scene of a Native American banging on drums from the book "Drums Along the Mohawk", neither scene of which was edited on American free-to-air or cable television. The short is available on both the American version of HBO Max and iTunes Video.
  • "The Queen Was in the Parlor", which was edited on Cartoon Network's Late Night Black and White program to remove the short scene of the Jewish knight saying, "Da Ka-veen? Da Ka-veen!", was not cut. This cartoon is also available on HBO Max's streaming service (American feed).
  • The Al Jolson duck begging for his "mammy" in "Curtain Razor", a scene that was edited on Nickelodeon (though not on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, or FOX, all three of which instead edited the fox drinking gasoline as part of his act) was left intact. This short is available on HBO Max in the USA, Latin America, and Brazil.
  • All Speedy Gonzales cartoons -- the solo Speedy cartoons, the Sylvester and Speedy cartoons, and the Daffy Duck and Speedy cartoons -- have aired uncut and uncensored for the first time since their days on Nickelodeon in the 1990s. While Cartoon Network did air some Speedy Gonzales cartoons, "Gonzales' Tamales" was shown with Sylvester's inoffensive line, "I'll getcha if I have to eat every one of these things (chili peppers)!" cut on most Cartoon Network and Boomerang feeds, "Here Today, Gone Tamale" had the scene of Fernando attempting suicide by putting a gun to his head cut on both Nickelodeon and Cartoon Network, and the Cartoon Network version of "Mexicali Schmoes" was edited to remove the scene of Slowpoke Rodriguez shooting a Mexican cat, Manuel, in the face with his gun. As of 2021, none of the starring Speedy Gonzales cartoons are available on the American version of HBO Max, though "Nuts and Volts" was previously available before being taken down, but "Fright Before Christmas" is available on the streaming service in the USA, despite having a brief cameo of him. A few of the Speedy Gonzales shorts are available on Amazon Prime Video, iTunes Video, HBO Max in Latin America and Brazil or through WarnerMedia RIDE. On a similar note, Mexican-themed shorts also air on MeTV as well.
  • Cartoons featuring Arabic stereotyping (such as the aforementioned "Hamateur Night", "A-Lad-In His Lamp", "Ali Baba Bunny", "Hare-abian Nights", "Devil's Feud Cake", and "Well Worn Daffy") have aired uncut and uncensored on MeTV. "Ali Baba Bunny" and "Devil's Feud Cake" are both available on HBO Max (American feed).
  • World War II references in non-WWII cartoons are left intact, barring any racially insensitive depictions of Japanese people. "Meatless Flyday", "Behind the Meat-Ball", and "Fresh Airedale" left in references to WWII food rationing and American patriotism; "The Unruly Hare" and "Nasty Quacks" left in lines about civilians not being able to travel due to war (even though both of those cartoons were made after WWII was over and the travel limitations were lifted); "Ding Dog Daddy" left in its references to America working towards victory by recycling scrap metal; "A Tale of Two Kitties", "Hiss and Make Up", and "Meatless Flyday" leave in scenes of characters pretending to be air raid wardens or air raid wardens telling others to put out bright or disruptive lights from houses or outside during air raids, while the former cartoon also leaves in Babbit making a victory garden; and "Nutty News" and "Tortoise Wins by a Hare" both have scenes making fun of Adolf Hitler (the former has the scene of Hitler's face being used to scare boys who won't sit still in the barber chair while the latter has the now-prescient headline in the newspaper about Hitler's suicide). Free-to-air television never aired these shorts, mostly because the channels air Warner cartoons made after 1948, while the basic cable channels, specifically Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, and TNT, aired the shorts, but mostly edited the scenes referencing Adolf Hitler while leaving in the more innocuous references to unnecessary travel, rationing, scrap iron recycling, air raids, victory gardens, and American patriotism/victory (the latter also applies to pre-WWII and post-WWII Warner Bros. cartoons, such as "Old Glory" and "Ant Pasted", which have also aired on MeTV uncut with references to American patriotism/victory). These shorts are either available on HBO Max (applies to the USA feed only; the Latin American and Brazilian feeds do not have any of the pre-1948 shorts on the service as of yet), Amazon Prime Video, iTunes Video, and/or WarnerMedia RIDE.

In addition to the racially-insensitive scenes, other cartoons have had other scenes cut:

  • A scene in "Bugs Bunny and the Three Bears" where Bugs finds Mama Bear dressed in a see-through nightgown was cut, another scene that wasn't edited on Cartoon Network, Boomerang, TBS, TNT, or any local syndicated affiliates. Since September 2021, this scene now airs uncut and uncensored, and is also available on both the American version of the HBO Max streaming service and iTunes Video.
  • "Beep, Beep" had part of the scene where Wile E. Coyote reads a blueprint of his latest plan to catch the Road Runner cut for time reasons. Since then, the scene is fully retained and this cartoon can be found on both HBO Max (American feed) and iTunes Video as well.
  • Although not edited for content, Bugs' opening rendition of "In the Cold, Cold Ground" in "A-Lad-In His Lamp" was shortened for time reasons. Since November 2021, the short now runs with the opening rendition.
  • Both "Fast Buck Duck" and "The Astroduck" had parts of their audio cut for time reasons as well, when the shorts first aired on the Saturday Morning Cartoons and Sunday Night Cartoons blocks respectively. However, the shorts now air on the Toon In with Me block with the missing audio intact.
  • The version of "Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century" that airs on MeTV is the reformatted version that had parts cut for time when it was shown as an individual short on network and cable TV after being shown on Daffy Duck's Thanks-for-Giving Special. This is the same version used for HBO Max's American feed of the streaming service too.

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Gallery

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