|Tin Pan Alley Cats|
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.
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.
- 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).