Thursday, 29 December 2011
80. Goin' to Heaven on a Mule (1934)
Release date: May 19, 1934.
Series: Merrie Melodies.
Supervision: Friz Freleng.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Animation: Rollin Hamilton and Bob McKimson.
Musical Score: Norman Spencer.
I should point out that Goin' to Heaven on a Mule was an old song written for it's time that was from the film Wonder Bar that Al Jolson performed as he was known for his time to perform "blackface" sketches that are of course - politically incorrect these days, but of course entertainment of it's time.
The fellow is now in heaven riding his mule singing the title song Goin' to Heaven on a Mule. The fellow on the mule is then entering a gate with the sign reading "Pair-O-Dice", and I assume this is another stereotype that I don't know much because in Coal Black Prince Chawin' had a pair-o'-dice in one of his teeth. There is a bunch of black angels that sing to the black guy on the mule riding. There is a God in there that also sings the song, as well as a bunch of other guys.
When I watched this cartoon - the whole concept never seemed to clear to me. I know that it was about these slaves that worked in a cotton field, and one of them drank moonshine where they go to heaven full of other black people and it just has their culture for their time. Furthermore, there are some cartoons in Looney Tunes that I don't understand that are in the Censored 11 program, and some that I think should be. Let's compare it with Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land and Goin' to Heaven on a Mule. In Hittin' the Trail the colors for Uncle Tom in that is so badly discolored and who's going to know that's a black stereotype and there's pretty much nothing harmful about it. In THIS cartoon that I'm reviewing; it clearly shows caricatures of black people and it's throughout the entire cartoon and shows them working in a cotton field so why isn't that in the Censored 11?