animated cartoon Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs © Warner Bros. / Leon Schlesinger Studios
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Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

The evil-as-she-is-mean stepmother orders murder Inc. to "black out" her stepdaughter So White after discovering that Prince Chawmin’ is in love with her. However they let her go and she soon comes across a group of drafted dwarfs and sets up in their army camp, leaving the stepmother to follow-through with her murderous intentions.

Created by: Warner Bros., Leon Schlesinger Studios
Language: English
Country of Origin: USA
Featuring the voices of:
Mel Blanc ... 'Dopey' Dwarf, Worm, Hitman, Dwarfs
Ruby Dandridge ... Queenie
Vivian Dandridge ... So White
Zoot Watson ... Prince Chawmin'
Directed by: Robert Clampett
Produced by: Leon Schlesinger
Musical Score by: Carl W. Stalling, Milt Franklyn and Eddie Beale
Writing Credits: Warren Foster
Animated by: Rod Scribner
Based on: The Fairy Tale.

animated cartoon Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs © Warner Bros. / Leon Schlesinger StudiosDue to its all black cast, Coal Black has become one of the “Censored 11.” As the name suggests, these are eleven shorts that were banned from TV syndication by United Artists over issues of racism. Ted Turner, founder of the Turner Network, which ran the cartoon side of Time Warner’s cable businesses (Cartoon Network, Boomerang, etc) was on record on saying that these shorts will never be released officially to video by either Warner Bros. or Turner. The ban still stands, in spite of continued protests against such censorship by animation fans and historians alike. However some of these shorts (but NOT Coal Black) are also in the public domain and so can be found on DVD on a few compilations of censored shorts.

This controversially isn’t new: when this short first aired The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People also thought the film was insulting toward African Americans and asked Warner Bros. to withdraw it.

The short was always intended to be a parody of Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Indeed the title was changed to Coal Black and the Sebben Dwarfs on request of the management, possibly to avoid confrontation with Walt Disney over the name: however the main protagonist is still referred throughout the short as So White.

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