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The CENSORED Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Guide|
"Sahara Hare" (Freleng; 1955):
ABC: Twice, Yosemite Sam attempts to stop his runaway camel by hitting it over the head with his rifle. In the first instance of this, gone was Sam rifle-striking the camel and a huge lump rising on the camel's head as its natural hump simultaneously flattened. In the second case, ABC did not edit the off-screen impact, but removed the dazed camel lying on the ground, another lump on its head, and Sam saying, "When I say whoa, I mean whoa!"
"Satan's Waitin'" (Freleng; 1954):
CBS: The entire closing scene in the bank was removed so that Sylvester was only seen running away from the amusement park and from the devil dog, after realizing that he has only one life left. The loss of his final life by the gangsters exploding the bank vault in which Sylvester is residing and Sylvester's ninth spirit accompanying the spirits of the criminals to hell was gone. Another part of this cartoon missing on CBS was during Sylvester's chase of Tweety on a roller coaster. He is standing, preparing to hit Tweety with a stick, but his collision with a sign thus killing his eighth life was eliminated, and viewers abruptly saw Sylvester life 8 riding a roller coaster down into Hades.
"Scalp Trouble" (Clampett; 1939):
Nickelodeon: The scene in which a tall Indian is cut in half by one of Daffy's cannonballs, reducing him to a short Indian, was omitted when the redrawn version of this cartoon was broadcast.
"Scaredy Cat" (Jones; 1948):
CN: Two scenes are no longer in this cartoon: Sylvester withdrawing a gun from a dresser drawer and preparing to commit suicide after Porky has ordered him to leave Porky's bedroom and one of the murderous mice firing a gun at Porky from behind Porky's back in the kitchen, Porky's bending over causing the gunshot to miss its target- after which Porky comments in speculation, "Mice."
WB: The scene wherein Sylvester threatens to shoot himself with a pistol was gone.
"The Scarlet Pumpernickel" (Jones; 1950):
CN: Two kinds of edits have been done to the ending of this cartoon. Either the cartoon fades to black and finishes after Daffy asks, "Is that all?" after J. L. expresses his blase attitude to the rising price of foodstuffs in Daffy's script, or it returns briefly after this fade-out for Daffy, laying on the floor and then rising with a burned hat, to say, "It's getting so you have to kill yourself to sell a story around here." Even the least perceptive of viewers could see that something was missing.
Merrie Melodies: Daffy tells to J. L. the ending of the script: "There was nothing for the Scarlet Pumpernickel to do but blow his brains out, which he did," and produces a gun to administer said suicide wound. There was a shift to a still shot of the hallway while the gun is fired. Daffy then rises from the floor with gunpowder burns on his hat and says the above quoted line about killing oneself, to end the cartoon."
Nickelodeon: A slower shot of the hallway zoom-in (from the opening of the cartoon), but reversed so that camera backed away from it, was superimposed over the suicide gunshot.
"Scent-imental Romeo" (Jones; 1951):
ABC: The female cat clubs Pepe in the head several times, causing Pepe to see multiple images of her. This act of violence was shortened considerably.
CN: The shot of Pepe Le Pew opening a bottle of champagne was cut.
"Scrambled Aches" (Jones; 1957):
ABC: The dynamite-on-a-rope sequence was excised from this cartoon.
"Screwball Football" (Avery; 1939):
CN: There is an edit after the football game announcer says, "And there's the gun that ends the half!" In the uncut print, one then saw a rather goofy referee staring at his wristwatch. While he is doing so, he isn't paying attention to the fact that he has aimed his gun to the side of his own head. After he fires the gun and the smoke clears, he has no head. His head pops out of his shirt a couple of seconds later, revealing that he avoided any gunshot injury.
Syndication: The notorious ending gag of this cartoon, a baby having the ultimate revenge against a brawn who had been swiping licks of the infant's ice cream cone, was deleted.
"September in the Rain" (Freleng; 1937):
Syndication: All the scenes with black characters were missing, rendering this a VERY short cartoon.
"The Shanty Where Santy Claus Lives" (Harman and Ising; 1933):
CN: The second half of this cartoon is now severely shortened due to the removal of three gags: the boy starting a wind-up toy "Sambo Jazz Band", a baby doll falling into a bucket of coal and emerging in blackface to say, "Mammy!" to which a nearby Mammy dolls responds,"Sonny boy!" and the doll from "Red-Headed Baby" and two black dolls singing a chorus of the title song.
"Sheep Ahoy" (Jones; 1954):
ABC: The final seconds of this cartoon, with Ralph Wolf receiving rapid punches in the face by two sheepdogs, was edited to shorten the violence. Also, Sam Sheepdog in an earlier scene drops a stick of dynamite in Ralph's smoke screen. With this footage excised, as was the case when this cartoon returned to ABC in 1998, it looked as though the smoke screen itself exploded.
"A Sheep in the Deep" (Jones; 1962):
ABC: There were several scenes cut from this cartoon: 1) the scene wherein Ralph Wolf lowers a noose around a sheep's neck and tries to pull the sheep up to a hole in a cliff, where Ralph is hiding from Sam Sheepdog, only to have Sam reach into the hole, grab Ralph, pound him on the head, and release him to fall into a tree stump; 2) Sam dangling Ralph over the cliff, before the lunchtime whistle blows; 3) after lunchtime is finished, Sam grabbing Ralph by the neck and dropping him to the ground below.
CBS: Shots of Sam and Ralph smoking during their lunch hour were deleted.
CN: Same edit as on CBS.
"The Sheepish Wolf" (Freleng; 1943):
CN: Gone is the part where the sheepdog is warned about the wolf by a black sheep, who has a Rochester voice.
"Show Biz Bugs" (Freleng; 1957):
BBC: The ending gag is similar to that of "Curtain Razor": Daffy drinks all sorts of explosive chemicals and swallows a match ("Girls, you'd better hold onto your boyfriends!"). The cartoon ends after the exploding xylophone segment with applause added.
CN: Same edit as on BBC. Originally, CN only eliminated Daffy's drinking of gasoline. Like BBC, the cartoon now airs with the end sequence deleted altogether. It abruptly terminates after the xylophone sequence! Unlike BBC, however, no applause was added.
Merrie Melodies: Daffy drinking of gasoline is eliminated.
Nickelodeon: This cartoon was edited thus: Daffy consumes all of the dangerous chemicals, "shakes well", but then explodes before he has a chance to light and swallow the match.
Syndication: Same edit as on BBC without the added applause.
Other: When Disney Channel showed this cartoon as a part of Friz Freleng's Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, the audience saw Daffy show to the audience the nitroglycerin, and then he immediately detonated!
"Sinkin' in the Bathtub" (Harman and Ising; 1930):
Nickelodeon: Partially muted was Bosko yelling, "Mammy!"
"Skyscraper Caper" (Lovy; 1968):
NBC: Speedy Gonzales rescues Daffy Duck with a noose after Daffy has fallen some distance from a construction site. This scene was gone.
Nickelodeon: Same edit as on NBC.
"Slap Happy Pappy" (Clampett; 1940):
Nickelodeon: Jack Bunny continues to paint Easter eggs after he introduces himself to the audience. Jack Bunny discovers a smelly egg and says, "Well, that *is* a bad one." He is about to dispose of the rotten egg by hitting it with a mallet, but a young chicken version of Rochester hatches out of the egg and yells, "Hold it, boss!" Then, it says, "Mmm, mmm... Heaven can wait."
"The Slap-Hoppy Mouse" (McKimson; 1956):
ABC: A quarter of this cartoon was cut, particularly the prolonged scene of Sylvester trying to load his rifle "frontier style", which naturally leads to Sylvester being the victim of several inopportune blasts from the rifle ("Silly me! FIRST the powder, THEN the wadding! Now tamp, tamp, tamp-").
"The Slick Chick" (McKimson; 1962):
CBS: A Skelton-esque troublemaker boy chick sends a sleeping Foghorn afloat in a balloon, then slingshots him to Earth. CBS deleted the chick placing a land mine onto which for Foghorn to fall, but left in the cartoon the off-screen explosion and the frazzled Foghorn. Viewers can only agree with the chick: "I wonder why he blow his top?"
"Snow Business" (Freleng; 1953):
CBS: This was missing: the hunger-crazed mouse is toasting Sylvester's tail. Sylvester pulls his tail from the toaster and stubs and with a handy ashtray extinguishes the flames on his tail!
"Snow Excuse" (McKimson; 1966):
CBS: The scene in which Speedy Gonzales accidently sends a giant snowball rolling over Daffy and destroying Daffy's log cabin, was omitted. So too was the explosion of a tiny firecracker and the aftermath thereof, and Daffy being blasted in the side of his head by his own bullets that went through his refrigerator after he had fired his gun through a pipe jutting out of his cabin.
"The Sour Puss (Clampett; 1940):
CN: After Porky tells his cat about their fishing excursion, the cat goes bouncing around the room happily, a display that catches the attention of a canary who proclaims, "Now I've seen everything!" and shoots himself with a gun. The cut occurs so viewers do not see the bird doing this.
"Southern Fried Rabbit" (Freleng; 1953):
CN: This scene is gone: To pass the Mason-Dixon Line guarded by Yosemite Sam, Bugs disguises himself as a black man playing a banjo and singing a sombre song. Sam allows him to pass into the South ("One of our boys"), until Bugs starts a rendition of "Yankee Doodle" and his "cover" is blown. Bugs then acts like a poor slave ("Please don't beat me, massa! Don't beat this tired old body!") and places a whip in Sam's hands, before then appearing as Abraham Lincoln to scold Sam ("What's this I hear about you whippin' slaves?"). The first instance of Yosemite Sam yelling, "Charge!" has now been removed, probably because of the Confederate flag which is seen at that point in the cartoon when it is watched uncut.
Merrie Melodies: Same edit to the "slave" scene as on CN. Plus, Sam being blasted by a cannon was replaced by a still shot of Bugs as the Southern belle.
WB: Same edit as on CN.
"Speaking of the Weather" (Tashlin; 1937):
CN: A short scene with Zulu natives is deleted.
"Spy Swatter" (Larriva; 1967):
CBS: Excised scenes: After Daffy's car hits a telephone pole, the fallen wires shock him. Later, the mouse-seeking missile detonates in Daffy's superior's boss' office, with him and Daffy therein.
"A Star is Bored" (Freleng; 1956):
Merrie Melodies: Eliminated from this cartoon was Daffy being blasted by hunters' rifles and earlier being fired upon by Yosemite Sam's guns. Superimposed over these were freeze-frame shots of Bugs.
WB: Major editing gutted this cartoon. Not only were the scenes mentioned above gone entirely, but the cartoon's scene sequence was altered! In the unedited version, viewers see: 1) Yosemite Sam blasting Daffy's beak off of Daffy's face; 2) Daffy attempting to saw through Bugs' tree branch and falling with the remainder of the tree; 3) Daffy demanding to do Bugs' fishing scene after being lumbered with all of the tough jobs and then being eaten by a huge fish; 4) Elmer chasing Bugs into a tree and Daffy doing the gun-in-the-hole gag; 5) Bugs flying an airplane while reading his "How To Fly" book and Daffy doubling for Bugs as the airplane crashes. In the edited version was: 1) the fishing scene; 2) the saw; 3) Fudd and gun in the tree; and 4) flying the airplane.
"Stop, Look, and Hasten" (Jones; 1954):
ABC: Totally excised was the scene wherein Wile E. tries to plant dynamite under the highway, and when he is inside the culvert with the sticks of TNT, the detonator presses on a stone and triggers the dynamite, Wile E. being caught in the blast.
CBS: In the complete ending, the Road Runner leaves a trail of smoke that spells "That's all, Folks!". The picture then dissolves to the end title, concentric circles, and all. CBS cut the cartoon to end before the smoke spells the words.
Nickelodeon: In the leg muscle portion of this cartoon, eliminated was the close-up of the leg muscle vitamin box.
"Strangled Eggs" (McKimson; 1961):
CBS: Deleted was the gag in which Foghorn disguises a hand grenade as an egg, which explodes in Foghorn's hand instead of beneath Henery.
Merrie Melodies: Foghorn Leghorn is teaching Henery Hawk how to crow, and finds himself hanging in a noose. He then drops into a cauldron prepared by Henery. This scene was completely gone.
WB: The aforementioned scene was missing only the noose around Foghorn's neck. His fall into the cauldron was retained in this cartoon.
"A Street Cat Named Sylvester" (Freleng; 1953):
ABC: Some trimming of the final scene was done so that the audience did not see Tweety mix as many drugs into Sylvester's remedy bottle as he does mix in the unedited version of this cartoon.
Nickelodeon: Tweety's final line- about how Sylvester will really be in a predicament when the medicine starts working- was cut so that the "iris-out" occurred when Tweety is laughing before uttering the line.
"The Stupid Cupid" (Tashlin; 1944):
CN: A dog is chasing a cat, Cupid Elmer shoots the dog with his arrow of love, and the canine begins to romance the cat. The cat comments, "Now I've seen everything!"- and a premature cut to the next scene happens before the cat fires a pistol into his head and is followed by each of his nine lives doing the same!
Syndication: In known prints of this cartoon, the last scene involves the rooster kissing the hen with Daffy quickly zooming in between the two lovers and kissing the hen himself. The hen taps on the rooster's shoulder to alert him of Daffy's presence. The rooster stops kissing and looks up shocked just before the scene abruptly fades to black. According to historian Greg Ford, the original ending involved Daffy saying "If you haven't tried it, don't knock it." It is uncertain whether this was excised from the original release print or from the Blue Ribbon reissue.
"Stupor Duck" (McKimson; 1956):
ABC: The scene in which Daffy believes that he has saved a building from being felled by Aardvark Ratnik, was edited. In the uncensored cartoon, the building is supposed to topple in demolition to yield room for a new building. After Daffy does his ostensibly heroic deed and thereby reverses the labor of a workman, said workman angrily punches Daffy in the face. The workman never appeared in the ABC version, which jumped from Daffy stopping the falling of the building to the next scene involving a submarine.
Merrie Melodies: Having pulled a submarine out of the water on the belief that he was rescuing it from sinking into the ocean depths, Daffy is blasted by the submarine's cannon. The cannon discharge was excised.
"The Stupor Salesman" (Davis; 1948):
FOX: Deleted was Slug McSlug pointing a gun into Daffy's stomach.
WB: This cartoon was edited to remove the shot of Daffy opening the oven and activating its supply of propane gas.
"Swooner Crooner" (Tashlin; 1944):
CN: The audition for the Al Jolson rooster singing "September in the Rain" is edited from this cartoon.
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