Forbidden Animation

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Overview

Tweety Bird is yellow because censors felt the original pink made the bird look nude. Betty Boop's dress was lengthened so that her garter didn't show. A segment of Mighty Mouse was dropped after protest groups claimed the mouse was actually sniffing cocaine, not flower petals. These changes and many others like them have been demanded by official censors or special interest groups. How the slightly risque gags in some silent cartoons were replaced by rigid standards in the sound film era is the first misadventure covered in this history of censorship in the animation industry. Other topics include racial stereotyping (and the studios' efforts to end the practice), uncensored cartoons such as Lenny Bruce's Thank You Mask Man and Ralph Bakshi's Fritz the Cat, the censorship of television cartoons, and the many animators who were blacklisted from the industry in the 1950s for alleged ties to the Communist Party.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786420322
  • Publisher: McFarland & Company, Incorporated Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/14/2004
  • Edition description: ALT
  • Pages: 238
  • Sales rank: 1,131,650
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Karl F. Cohen teaches animation history classes at San Francisco State University and is also an independent film distributor.

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Table of Contents

Preface 1
Introduction 5
1. Censorship of Theatrical Animation 9
2. Racism and Resistance: Stereotypes in Animation 49
3. Uncensored Animation 77
4. Censoring Animation on Television 121
5. Blacklisted Animators 155
6. Conclusion 193
Notes 197
Bibliography 215
Index 221
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