CotD: Part war film and part Disney send up, “Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs” is funny enough and sure to offend, but too good a short to be ignored.
Coal Black And De Sebben Dwarfs (1943) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series
A blackface parody of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs with a strong swing backbeat… and no apologies!
Mammy (who resembles Aunt Jemima) tells her “Honey Child” the story of “So White” and the wicked Queen who “was as rich as she was mean.” “She had everything,” including sugar, coffee, auto tires, scrap metal, Chattanooga choo-choos, and a family coat of arms consisting of dice and switchblades. So White is a lascivious sexpot forced to wash miles and miles of laundry as she sings “Blues in the Night.” “Magic Mirror on the wall, send me a prince about six feet tall,” intones the Queen. When zoot-suited, thick-lipped hipster Prince Chawmin’ (who has dice for teeth!) finds So White “dynamite,” the Queen calls in Murder Inc. to “black out So White.” Prince Chawmin’ and the dwarfs are all miniature caricatures of Fats Waller, except for one who resembles Stepin Fetchit. The prince kisses and tries to revive the heroine.
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