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    Racist Warner Bros. Cartoons to Go On Sale?

    By kyle | October 11, 2010

    Michael Lachman of Toonzone claims that Warners is planning to release its “Censored Elven” Looney Tunes cartoons. I’m skeptical. Warners might sell a lot of copies — but for a big corporation that wants to guard its reputation it wouldn’t be worth the headache. UPDATE: Warners is already hinting about backing down.

    While at the New York Comic Con, I paid a visit to the Warner Archive booth and discovered a most pleasant surprise. The man working said they are coming out with the infamous Censored Eleven, and it will be available though the Archive sometime in 2011. He also mentioned that it is their most requested title… they will be available through the Warner Archive online some time in 2011, and they will be completely uncensored.

    The Censored Eleven is a group of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons that were withheld from syndication by United Artists in 1968 due to their racist content and have been deemed too offensive for contemporary audiences. They have never been officially released since then.

    Topics: Movies | 2 Comments »

    2 Responses to “Racist Warner Bros. Cartoons to Go On Sale?”

    1. K Says:
      October 11th, 2010 at 3:57 pm

      No problemo, Kyle.

      They already have Whoopi Goldberg apologizing on even the most innocuous WB cartoon DVDs. Even the Mickey Mouse Disney cartoons use Lenard Malkin to let you know how much more sensitive we are now and how wrong they were then. You can’t bypass these little morality lectures, only fast forward through them.

      So I would expect the upcoming non PC cartoons will feature “must be watched” lectures/documentaries from Jesse Jackson Jr. or Al Sharpton on racism in America.

      Naturally, both Jesse and Al will be receiving some major league fees to offer their blessings.

      Problem solved.

    2. Sean Dougherty Says:
      October 12th, 2010 at 2:54 am

      You can usually buy the censored 11 in bootleg collections at the Friends of Old Time Radio Convention in Newark, NJ, this year scheduled for October 21-24 at the Ramada Plaza hotel. That’s in addition to all sorts of politically incorrect material from that era, including Amos ‘N Andy, Dr. Fu Man Chu and so on.