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Tin Pan Alley Cats
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Directed By: Robert Clampett
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: July 17, 1943
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Rod Scribner
Art Babbitt (uncredited)
Robert McKimson (uncredited)
Manny Gould (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Leo Watson (uncredited)
The Four Dreamers (uncredited)
Four Spirits of Rhythm (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Giant Lips
Rubber Band
Adolf Hitler
Cat
Uncle Tom Cat Mission Singers
Fats Waller Cat
Preceded By: Porky Pig's Feat
Succeeded By: Scrap Happy Daffy
Tin Pan Alley Cats

Tin Pan Alley Cats

Tin Pan Alley Cats is a 1943 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert Clampett.

Plot

A cat who resembles Fats Waller goes out on the town. He's then about to enter a club when a street preacher and his mission warns him that he will be tempted with "wine, women and song" if he goes in. However, rather than him getting shocked, he instead gets very excited ("Wine women an' song? What's de matter wid dat?") to which he then runs into the club. At first, he enjoys the club, but then he stars becoming so immersed with the music playing, to which he's carried "out-of-this-world" to a manic fantasy realm, that's filled with surreal imagery (including caricatures of such World War II figures as Hideki Tojo, Adolf Hitler, and Josef Stalin). This world that he's in frightens him so much that, when he wakes up, he gives up his partying ways and eventually joins the religious music group that is singing outside, much to their surprise.

Availability

Because of its notoriety as a Censored Eleven cartoon, "Tin Pan Alley Cats" has never had an official home media release on VHS, LaserDisc, DVD, or Blu-Ray. It is, however, available on such video websites as YouTube and DailyMotion, mostly in poor quality and uploaded by users.

Notes

  • This short is a follow-up to Clampett's successful "Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs", released earlier in 1943.
  • This short focuses upon contemporary themes of African-American culture, jazz music, and World War II, and features a caricature of jazz musician Fats Waller as an anthropomorphic cat.
  • The short's centerpiece is a fantasy sequence derived from Clampett's black and white Looney Tunes short "Porky in Wackyland" (1938).

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