Cartoon Of The Day: Hittin’ The Trail For Hallelujah Land

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Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land

Hit­tin’ The Trail For Hal­lelu­jah Land

Released this day in 1931, Hit­tin’ The Trail For Hal­lelu­jah Land is a found­ing mem­ber of the infa­mous Cen­sored Eleven is also one of the least seen… I guess that is the point of being censored.

A kindly old Uncle Tom brings Fluffy down to her sweet­heart Cap­tain Piggy’s river­boat. As he dri­ves back in his horse and buggy, Uncle Tom ends up in a grave­yard where var­i­ous skele­tons come to life singing the title song. Uncle Tom flees the grave­yard but falls in the river where Piggy saves him. As Piggy comes to Uncle Tom’s res­cue, a vil­lain tries to make off with Fluffy.

In 1968, United Artists (then own­ers of the A.A.P. library of pre-1948 Looney Tunes and Mer­rie Melodies car­toons) com­piled the car­toons they con­sid­ered too poten­tially offen­sive to be shown on tele­vi­sion, and with­held those car­toons from dis­tri­b­u­tion. AT that time, UA felt that these eleven car­toons should be with­held from broad­cast because the depic­tions of black peo­ple in the car­toons were deemed too offen­sive for con­tem­po­rary audiences.

This car­toon is one of those with­held from dis­tri­b­u­tion, one of the so-called “Cen­sored 11.” (The “Eleven” are: Hit­tin’ the Trail for Hal­lelu­jah Land (MM,1931), Sun­day Go to Meetin’ Time (MM, 1936), Clean Pas­tures (MM, 1937), Uncle Tom’s Bun­ga­low (MM, 1937), Jun­gle Jit­ters (1938), The Isle of Pingo Pongo (MM, 1938), All This and Rab­bit Stew (MM, 1941), Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (MM, 1943), Tin Pan Alley Cats (MM, 1943), Angel Puss (LT, 1944), and Goldilocks and the Jivin’ Bears (MM, 1944)). More recently, when Ted Turner became owner of the library, he con­tin­ued the ban, and refused to allow any of these car­toons to be shown or released on video. To date, these shorts have not been offi­cially broad­cast on tele­vi­sion since 1968.

Sound­track:

  • Hit­tin’ the Trail for Hal­lalu­jah Land,” Music by Rube Bloom, Lyrics by Joe Young, Sung by Var­i­ous Characters
  • De Camp­town Races,” Music by Stephen Fos­ter; “Mys­te­ri­ous Mose,” Music by Wal­ter Doyle

So watch this one today, and let us know what you think– rightly sup­pressed or much ado about nothing???

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