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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)
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

The short begins with a cat who resembles a Fats Waller caricature, to which he decides to go out to town. He's then about to get into a club when a street preacher 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. 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

Being part of the "Censored Eleven", this cartoon has never had an official video release. An upcoming Censored 11 DVD was going to be released, however, this release has been held back indefinitely as of March 2012.

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).
  • Like Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs, Tin Pan Alley Cats focuses heavily on stereotypical gags, character designs, and situations involving African-Americans. As such, the film and other Warner Bros cartoons with similar themes have been withheld from television distribution since 1968, and are collectively known as the "Censored Eleven".

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