The CENSORED Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Guide

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"Patient Porky" (Clampett; 1940):

    CN: All of the scenes of Rochester as an elevator operator are deleted.
    Nickelodeon: Same edits as on CN.



"Peck Up Your Troubles" (Freleng; 1945):

    CN: The little woodpecker disguises himself as an angel and hands a pistol to a frightened Sylvester. Sylvester points the gun to his own head in order to commit suicide. The "angel" woodpecker begins to walk out of a door. Sylvester realizes that he has been tricked and starts shooting the gun at the bird. There is now a cut from Sylvester attaining hold of the pistol from the woodpecker to him shooting the pistol at the fleeing woodpecker.



"People are Bunny" (McKimson; 1959):

    FOX:: The ending of this cartoon was shortened. There was a fake "iris-out" as Bugs comments, "Eh, they always shoot blanks on TV," so that the viewer did not see Daffy return into frame with his beak full of holes and comment, "Blanks, he says! Have a handful of BLANKS! Jeez!" while spitting a huge pile of pellets out of his mouth.
    Merrie Melodies: The only thing missing was the hunters firing their rifles at Daffy. A still shot of Bugs was superimposed over this.


"Person to Bunny" (Freleng; 1960):

    ABC: These two scenes were edited out of this cartoon. After Elmer gives to Bugs five seconds to apologize for having called Elmer stupid, Bugs uses his carrot to block Elmer's gun when Elmer shoots the gun, causing the explosion to come out of the reverse end of the weapon (standard cartoon technique). The other missing scene was Bugs convincing Daffy that Elmer's rifle is a camera, with the result that Daffy is blasted by the gunfire.
    Merrie Melodies: The latter aforementioned scene was altered, with a still shot of Bugs overlapped onto the blasting of Daffy by the rifle.


"A Pest in the House" (Jones; 1947):

    WB: Gone was the scene wherein a drunk in an adjacent room is singing a noisy song and Daffy vows to quiet the inebriated person, only to become intoxicated himself and start singing along with the drunk!


"The Phantom Ship" (King; 1936):

    Nickelodeon: A shot of Russia as seen from Beans' plane seemed to have been cut.


"Pied Piper Porky" (Clampett; 1939):

    CN: The Rochester mouse's line referring to Pied Piper Porky's flute, "This thing's no good, boss! Full of holes!", is edited in the computer-colorized version. The word "boss" is made silent.


"Pilgrim Porky" (Clampett; 1940):

    Nickelodeon: All scenes involving the black chef were excised.



"Piker's Peak" (Freleng; 1957):

    ABC: In the full version of this cartoon, a St. Bernard canine comes to the aid of avalanche victim Yosemite Sam but mixes for himself a martini instead of helping Sam. ABC showed the dog coming onto the scene to assist Sam, but not the mixing of the martini.


"Pizzicato Pussycat" (Freleng; 1955):

    Nickelodeon: Although this cartoon was uncut on ABC between 1990 and 1994, Nickelodeon subsequently edited the scene near the cartoon's end, wherein a drum cymbal lands on the mouse's head, and the mouse acts Chinese for a few seconds.



"Plane Daffy" (Tashlin; 1944):

    CN, TNT: The scene of Hermann Göring and Joseph Goebbels shooting themselves in the head with pistols was edited out of this cartoon.



"Plenty of Money and You" (Freleng; 1937):

    Syndication: A scene appears to have been removed from most prints of this cartoon and it is uncertain whether it was excised from the original release print or from the Blue Ribbon reissue. At the very end of the short, the baby ostrich shoots fireworks out of his mouth, creating an "Eat at Sloppy Joe's" sign in the sky. After this, the film abruptly cuts to the baby ostrich falling to the ground.


"Polar Pals" (Clampett; 1939):

    Nickelodeon: Two missing scenes: the hunter shooting his machine gun at a penguin, leaving bullet holes in the penguin's shadow, which does a death scene as the penguin himself observes in shock; and a drunken walrus being riddled with gunfire, claiming, "Ya never even touched me," drinking some of his liquor, and having the fluid leak out of the holes in his body.



"Porky Chops" (Davis; 1949):

    ABC: The squirrel sticking his fingers into Porky's eyes and saying, "Scram ham", was removed from this cartoon. Also gone was a whole scene starting with Porky climbing the tree and pointing his a rifle at the squirrel but blasting the branch on which he is standing. As the branch is breaking, the squirrel hands to Porky a fruit basket, which increases the weight on the broken tree limb. It snaps, and Porky falls. At ground level, the squirrel lays a mattress onto which for Porky to land, but Porky misses it and hits the ground. He rises, dazed, holding two bananas as though they were pistols. The squirrel squeezes the two bananas in Porky's hands, and the contents of the bananas squirt onto Porky's face, creating a fruity, false mustache.


"Porky at the Crocadero" (Tashlin; 1938):

    Nickelodeon: Porky is doing his rendition of "Chinatown" a la Cab Calloway. At one point during this scene, Porky quickly walks across the screen dressed as a Chinaman. In the black and white print, there was a shift to some footage of the crowd dancing from the previous, Guy Lombago song. In the computer colorized version, Porky's appearance was removed with a freeze-frame of the stage for a couple of seconds. The audio played as normal in both versions.



"Porky in Wackyland" (Clampett; 1938):

    Nickelodeon: The Jolson duck saying, "Mammy, mammy," was removed from the computer colorized print of this cartoon.
    Syndication: Some prints of this cartoon distributed by Guild Films/Sunset Productions in the 1950s deleted the scene of the Do-Do on the Warner Brothers shield.


"Porky the Fireman" (Tashlin; 1938):

    CN: During one scene in this cartoon, a man jumps from the building and yells "Get the net ready!" before falling through a cloud of black smoke. Edited was the man emerging from the smoke in blackface as a stereotypical Stepin Fetchit-like character, falling slowly.
    Nickelodeon: Same edit as on CN.


"Porky the Wrestler" (Avery; 1937):

    CN: During the "choo-choo" sequence, there are two abrupt cuts in the music score as a result of probable edits.
    Nickelodeon: Same edit as on CN.


"Porky's Badtime Story" (Clampett; 1937):

    Syndication: During production, this short was originally titled "It Happened All Night" – a play on Frank Capra's 1934 screwball comedy "It Happened One Night". However, the censors insisted the title be changed due to its alleged risqué implications.


"Porky's Baseball Broadcast" (Freleng; 1940):

    CN: Just after Porky says, "The tickets are selling like hotcakes," and one sees the accompanying gag, there is another gag wherein he says, "The scalpers are havin' a big day." Coincident to this was a scene of Native Americans howling and chasing game-goers around with tomahawks. When first aired on Cartoon Network, this cartoon ran entirely unedited with the latter gag intact. Beginning around 2001, however, the "scalpers" gag was edited from the short.
    Nickelodeon: Same edit as on CN.



"Porky's Duck Hunt" (Avery; 1937)

    Nickelodeon: The redrawn version of this cartoon lacked the original ending card with Daffy jumping around the "That's all, Folks!" tagline.


"Porky's Five and Ten" (Clampett; 1938):

    Nickelodeon: The redrawn version of this cartoon deleted the ending in which Porky sprays a fish with seltzer water.


"Porky's Hero Agency" (Clampett; 1937):

    CN: The scene wherein the Gorgan's guard tells to Porky that Porky is next for transformation to stone, followed by Porky picturing himself as a piggy bank, is cut out of this cartoon.


"Porky's Midnight Matinee" (Jones; 1941):

    Nickelodeon: The scene in which the ant gives to Porky some turpentine to drink to wash the hot mustard out of his mouth, was gone. The blackface closing gag was also missing, especially in the colorized version. There was an abrupt cut to the cartoon's very first shot of the ant, with unblackened face.


"Porky's Movie Mystery" (Clampett; 1939):

    Syndication: Looking through his magnifying glass, Porky is following a trail and walking toward a director sitting in his chair. There was a sudden cut to the villain laughing and waking away from the camera, as though he had covered the scene with his black cloak. Something was likely missing.


"Porky's Party" (Clampett; 1938):

    Nickelodeon: In the redrawn version of this cartoon, a scene in which Gabby Goose tries over and over again to keep a penguin's head from looking like a top hat after it has been swallowed, was shortened. Nothing objectionable. Perhaps a cut for time. Another scene missing: Porky lighting a match while in the closet and finding that what he thinks is a mad dog (Black Fury) is in the closet with him.


"Porky's Picnic" (Clampett; 1939):

    Nickelodeon: A scene wherein Porky has mud on his face and then is kissed by Petunia was shortened. The original print had a shot after the kiss, of Petunia in blackface. In the redrawn version of this cartoon, the blackface scene was colored so that Petunia did not display big, white lips like she does in the original cartoon print.


"Porky's Poppa" (Clampett; 1938):

    Nickelodeon: The scene in which Porky's cow, Bessie, gives birth to bottles of milk, had a cut at the point where Bessie hands to Porky a bottle of chocolate milk while "Dixie" plays on the soundtrack.


"Porky's Preview" (Avery; 1941):

    Nickelodeon: The finale of a stick-figure of Al Jolson singing "September in the Rain" was excised from this cartoon.


"Porky's Prize Pony" (Jones; 1941):

    CN: A very brief glimpse of black characters leading horses from the stables is removed.
    Nickelodeon: Same edit as on CN.


"Porky's Railroad" (Tashlin; 1937):

    Nickelodeon: Excised from all versions shown of this cartoon was the scene where the Silver Fish races by a woodpile and a little black man is revealed, referring to a racially offensive saying. In the redrawn version, the scene with the Silver Fish going through a tunnel and turning it inside out was also gone. In addition, there was sometimes a false "iris-out" so that this cartoon would end with Porky's train flying over the finish line and the crowd cheering. Not shown was Porky as the new engineer of the Silver Fish. Probably cut for time.


"Porky's Road Race" (Tashlin; 1937):

    Nickelodeon: After all of the racing cars speed away at the start of the contest, one could see a slower car trailing the others. Cut was the revealing of the identity of that car's driver: Stepin Fetchit.


"Porky's Romance" (Tashlin; 1937):

    WB: After Porky awakes from his nightmare, he sees Petunia and runs away from her in fear. He returns, though, to repossess the box of candy that he gave to Petunia at the opening of the cartoon before departing from her again. The cut occurred so that one did not see a second time that Porky returns to Petunia, to give a much-deserved kick to Petunia's annoying dog, through the closing iris!



"Porky's Snooze Reel" (Clampett and McCabe; 1941):

    Nickelodeon: In the redrawn version of this cartoon, part of the giant jellyfish eating an underwater mine was missing. The audience saw the jellyfish eat the mine and explode, but not the result of the explosion, i.e. the jellyfish becoming six delicious flavors of jelly!


"Pre-Hysterical Hare" (McKimson; 1958):

    ABC: Scenes in which Elmer and his Stone Age ancestor, Elmer Fuddstone, incur gun blasts in the face were edited to remove the gunfire.


"Prince Violent" (Freleng; 1961):

    ABC, CBS, FOX, Merrie Melodies, WB: This cartoon was retitled "Prince Varmint" for television broadcast and was in 1992 given a new title sequence with full credits. While Sam prepares to explode the castle entrance, the drawbridge rises, stranding him at the portal with the explosives. ABC would insert an overhead shot of Sam running over the still-down bridge and away from the explosives immediately before the blast. Yet, Sam still looked very much the worse for wear as he stormed into the castle! It was obvious that something was missing.


"Putty Tat Trouble" (Freleng; 1951):

    CBS: Everything between Tweety running through a pipe in the cellar and the canary running through snow outdoors was spliced out of this cartoon. Gone was Sylvester firing a rifle through the pipe, and the bullet passing through the orange cat's mouth, main body, and tail, and the two cats then fighting each other with repeated head hits with rifle and long-neck ashtray.
    FOX: The scene edited on CBS was also censored on FOX to remove the fighting with rifle and ashtray.


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