Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

1943 Warrner Brothers/Merrie Melodies

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (working title: So White and de Sebben Dwarfs) is a Merrie Melodies animated cartoon released to theatres on January 16, 1943 by Warner Bros.  The film is notable for being an all-black parody of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale Snow White.  The film relies on strong stereotypes of African American culture that are considered offensive by todays standards.  However, it has been cited  as number 21  of The 50 Greatest Cartoons ever made in part for its culturally rich  jazz and swing music.

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