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Cartoon Crazys - Banned & Censored

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See many of the cartoons which were censored and banned forever from theaters and television with a full description of why and copies of the laws and resolutions which made the screen safe for America.

Special Features

  • Cartoon Histories, Synopsis & Credits
  • Cartoons include:
  • 1. Be Human - Betty Boop
  • 2. Little Black Sambo - Sambo
  • 3. Booby Traps - Snafu
  • 4. Ha Ha Ha! - Betty Boop and Koko
  • 5. Cupid Gets His Man
  • 6. Opening Night
  • 7. Scrub Me Momma with a Boogie Beat
  • 8. Spies - Snafu
  • 9. Fresh Vegetable Mystery
  • 10. Making Stars
  • 11. Christmas night
  • 12. In a Cartoon Studio
  • 13. Easy Does It

Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Winstar
  • DVD Release Date: January 9, 2001
  • Run Time: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000541UL
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,687 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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196 of 199 people found the following review helpful By "raceyman" on February 14, 2002
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This DVD stands out as a good historical collection of "banned and censored" cartoons, for this reason it stands out as a priceless look the history of animation, and societal views.
If the producers of this DVD, however, had assembled this collection with the intent of preserving history, then this DVD would have been more worth the cost. As it stands, it is not. The producers have taken the liberty of adding sound effects to all of the cartoons to improve the fidelity of, often, poor audio quality - this, in effect, is added (unwanted) commentary. They should have left these gems of entertainment history alone, and not included new sound effects. It is true that the video quality of many of the cartoons are poor, however we are talking about cartoons that are 60-70 (and more) years old - animation techniques were still relatively new. I would have prefered if the producers had attempted to improve the video quality over adding sound effects.
As for content it's easy to understand why these titles were banned in their day (racial stereotypes, cruelty to animals, sexual content), yet some of the choices, and explanations given, for some "banned" items is sketchy (no pun intended) at best. A good example of this are the two "Sergeant Snafu" cartoons ("Booby Traps" and "Spies"), which were clearly created for the military and not for general public consumption, and are a brilliant example of the type of entertainment provided to the military even today (frankly, Bob Hope was often more controversial than these cartoons).
If you are a serious collector of the history of animation, this DVD is a must buy, despite the poor video quality and added sound effects. If you are merely looking for "banned and censored" type videos, then your money may be better spent elsewhere.
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147 of 155 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on December 21, 2004
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Cartoon Crazys Banned & Censored is a collection of 13 cartoons from various animation studios including Warner, Max Fleischer and Walter Lantz, created in a period from around 1933-1947. It's a fine assortment of styles for anyone interested in American cultural history and who can bear to see shameless stereotypes of African-Americans and Irish immigrants and who can endure some pretty full-on sexism.

However, the implication of the title of this collection is that these cartoons were too racy or hot for the Hayes Office at the time and were either banned or censored when they were new. I doubt it. Perhaps a more accurate title would have been "Politically Incorrect & Culturally Irrelevant Cartoons".

Of course, any thinking person has to deplore the racist stereotypes of fat, black mammies and their pickaninnies (of which there are more than their fair share to be found here), but the strongest sexual content is the suggestion of a slap to the backside of a cigarette girl. We see her reaction, but not the contact. Bad, yes, but hardly meriting a "ban", particularly in the late 1940s.

The notes on each cartoon, which are included as an extra on the disk, give a list of why this cartoon was deemed to be Banned or Censored, but again, I have doubts as to these being the reason that these cartoon are no longer seen; mostly, they have limited modern appeal. Many are black-and-white and most are simple moral tales that wouldn't appeal to 21st Century audiences.

In "Christmas Night" for example - which features The Little King - the disk notes that there are "homosexual overtones" in the king stripping to his underwear and with three cartoon characters in the bath together, scrubbing up, prior to the arrival of Santa Claus.
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46 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Lee David Glover on December 29, 2001
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The people from Winstar must be congratulated for their brave decision in releasing this DVD, as this will keep you entertained and makes you think at the same time.
As the title suggests, all the cartoons have been banned because of their "offensive" content, from the downright obvious (racial stereotypes, animal cruelty) to others that you may not think about while watching (each cartoon has a list of why it is banned). These cartoons were made during the different attitudes and tastes of the 30's and 40's, and, in most cases, no malice was ever intended by the cartoon studios.
The quality of these cartoons ranges from excellent to downright poor, but Winstar treats these cartoons better than most video companies (Yes, in England, we have the same problem of third-rate bargain-basement cartoon videos as well!).
What is great about this DVD is the inclusion of black and white cartoons, which includes Betty Boop and cartoons from the Van Beuren studios. I've always believe that black and white does not mean it is not entertaining!
This DVD is a must for all animation fans, but bear in mind that these cartoons could offend and must be viewed with an open mind. Some of these cartoons are difficult to defend, but, as a whole, it is one of my favourite animation DVDs.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By J. Williams on August 5, 2001
Format: DVD
This collection of cartoons is appropriately included on Cartoon Crazys `Banned & Censored' DVD release - and for good reason too. This is the `type' of release that the Disney Empire would love to be able to release so that it could do justice to the wonderful Song of the South and animated shorts like the banned Fuhrer's Face.
Anyone interested in cartoon history or indeed the progression of the cartoon industry would do well to purchase this title. In keeping with the intention of the release the content features blatant stereotyping and risqué material and should not be viewed by those of a sensitive disposition.
In summary, treat this DVD as a dose of cartoon history and you won't be disappointed - 13 fantastic shorts with enough taboo about them to be classed as `banned and censored' - not quite an animated Lady Chatterley's Lover, but it'll do.
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