The CENSORED Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Guide

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"Africa Squeaks" (Clampett; 1940):

    Nickelodeon: All scenes involving Porky encountering the native Africans were removed from this cartoon.


"Ain't Nature Grand?" (Harman and Ising; 1931):

    Nickelodeon: Scenes of Bosko catching and stroking a fish and the fish biting him in response were missing from 1987 to 1989 but restored after that. This was probably done just to shorten the cartoon.


"Ain't She Tweet" (Freleng; 1952):

    ABC: The scene wherein Sylvester's fur is on fire as a result of his backfiring rocket and Sylvester is trying to extinguish the flames, was excised from 1994 to 2000.



"Ain't That Ducky" (Freleng; 1945):

    CN: The scene in which Victor Moore fires his rifle at Daffy, causing bows to appear in Daffy's hair and giving to him the hairstyle of a stereotypical black girl, has been eliminated.


"Ali Baba Bound" (Clampett; 1940):

    CN: Cartoon Network initially ran this short unedited. After the September 11 attacks, however, the scene referring to one of Ali Baba's men (who has a bomb strapped to his head) as a member of the "suicide squad" was omitted.
    Nickelodeon: There are two edits in the redrawn colorized version of this cartoon. The first occurs when Porky is riding on his camel and spots Ali Baba's men running towards him. He exclaims "O-O-Oh, goodness gracious!" and rides his camel to the fort. In redrawn print, Ali Baba's men are omitted from this sequence. The second cut occurs when the mother camel kicks Ali Baba. In the original black and white version, Ali flies out of the fort, falls to the ground, and his men ask "what's the matter?" In the redrawn print, we only see Ali fly out of the fort. The portion of the sequence where he falls to the ground and his men question him is gone.


"Ali Baba Bunny" (Jones; 1957):

    Syndication: In some television prints of this cartoon, the scene of Hassan chopping Daffy's hat (and hair) down the middle is gone.



"All Abir-r-rd" (Freleng; 1950):

    ABC: When this cartoon returned to Saturday morning in 1994, it was censored to remove Sylvester running out of the locomotive furnace with his rear end on fire.


"Along Came Daffy" (Freleng; 1947):

    WB: The scene in which one of the Yosemite Sam brothers is shooting a rifle at the Daffy decoys was edited. After all of the fake ducks are gone, with Daffy remaining, cut was the part wherein Sam shoots his gun at Daffy, blowing feathers from Daffy's carcass and leaving some of the feathers in the form of a bikini bathing suit.


"Along Flirtation Walk" (Freleng; 1935):

    Syndication: There appear to be at least three scenes edited from this cartoon as evidenced by three abrupt cuts in the music score. The first occurs immediately before one of the Plymouth Rock hens attempts to lay eggs only to have chicks emerge from her nest. The other two occur when the black Plymouth Rock hen is finally sent out by the duck coach to lay eggs. We see dozens of eggs being laid but we do not see the hen actually lay them. Furthermore, when she first sits on her nest, she's still wearing the Plymouth sweater. Seconds later after the two latter jump cuts, we see her on her nest wearing a girdle and no sweater with two other Plymouth hens assisting her. One can only speculate that the censors apparently found some egg-laying scenes to be too graphic or offensive for audiences and thus excised them from the film's original release print.


"Any Bonds Today?" (Clampett; 1942):

    Syndication: Some prints of this 90-second World War II propaganda short are missing Bugs' blackface impression of Al Jolson.



"Ant Pasted" (Freleng; 1953):

    CBS: In this cartoon's original form, an exploding bomb causes Elmer's wristwatch to fall apart, but in the cartoon's edited version, the bomb explodes and there was a jump to the following scene in which Elmer is pushing a pipe into the ants' headquarters.


"Apes of Wrath" (Freleng; 1959):

    ABC: The entire beginning sequence wherein the drunken stork clubs Bugs on the head to substitute him for the real baby ape was gone. Also edited was the mother gorilla running after her husband and bashing his head with a rolling pin. Further, scenes of Bugs "playfully" hitting Elvis with a stick were shortened.


"Aqua Duck" (McKimson; 1963):

    CBS: Deleted was Daffy pointing a gun at the pack rat who, Daffy believes, is trying to steal Daffy's gold nugget.


"The Astroduck" (McKimson; 1965):

    CBS: Though all of the numerous explosions were unaltered, the picture faded each time before the audience could see the dazed-and-defeathered Daffy.


"Assault and Peppered" (McKimson; 1965):

    CBS: Gone was the part when one peasant mouse speaks and Daffy cracks his whip so severely that the mouse's hair and sombrero are parted down the middle.


"Aviation Vacation" (Avery; 1941):

    CN: Two entire racial stereotype scenes were removed altogether. One scene has an African native using a blowgun. It is revealed that he was merely aiming at a practice target. A second native comments, "Terrible shot, Joe. Terrible shot." The other scene shows African natives pounding their drums and making signals. One native asks another, "What did they say?" The other native says (imitating drum sound), "Boom di di boom di di boom boom boom boom..."


"The Awful Orphan" (Jones; 1949):

    ABC: Charlie disguised as a baby at Porky's doorstep, Porky kicking him away, and Charlie returning to the same spot as an irate old lady hitting Porky in the head with an umbrella was deemed too violent and edited out of the cartoon.



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