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The second of Tex Avery's "adaptations" of Uncle Tom's Cabin
llltdesq22 January 2002
Tex Avery paid an earlier visit to this territory, a mostly benign cartoon called "Uncle Tom's Bungalow" that is rarely seen due to some of the caricatures. This is a more full-blown Tex Avery cartoon-vintage Avery sight gags from start to finish. It also is seldom seen for fear of offending people. Somewhere along the line, possibly with the advent of television, it was decided that cartoons were for children. They are not, at least not solely, but in the United States, they are treated as such. This is a good cartoon. Not the best I've seen, but a good cartoon that should be seen. A bit rough in spots for kids, but no reason to bury it as though it were radioactive waste! Well worth hunting down. Recommended.
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One of the best cartoons you'll never see!
super marauder13 June 2002
Tex Avery in his MGM days was at his best. His cartoons never took themselves too seriously. All they were meant to do is make us laugh, nothing more.

Naturally, this cartoon is loosely based on "Uncle Tom's Cabin" with Uncle Tom telling the "real story" of Uncle Tom's Cabin.

Uncle is about to lose his "little cabin" (smack dab in the middle of a big city no less!) to the evil Simon LeGree. So he calls his friend "Little Nell", a beautiful southern belle, to help him. They come up with the idea of making the cabin into a night club to raise money to pay the mortgage. Of course Simon tries to steal the money, until he sees the beautiful Nell!

The reason you will never see this cartoon today on t.v. because it is not 'politically correct' because the way that Uncle Tom is portrayed, which was typical of the day. There are also sexual overtones that some people today might find offensive. The suggestive sexual overtones were a Tex Avery hallmark, remember Red Hot Riding Hood? Tex felt that Disney had the kid audience locked up, so he went after the teen agers, and young adults. Ironically, the little kids saw his cartoons and laughed just as hard as everybody else, not having a clue on what some of the gags were about.

If you like Tex Avery cartoons, and have yet to see this one, keep looking, it's worth it!
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The Conflict
tedg16 December 2005
The story in this concerns someone who owns everything but a small bit and the fellow, the "small guy" who owns that bit. There are three adults, all extreme caricatures. Like some cartoons, but few from this era, the thing is self-referential in illustrating the struggle. So it is mildly interesting on that score.

It is "banned" because of its pretty offensive racist stereotypes.

So if you watch this today, you could be in several different minds at once. You could see it the way it was intended, an amusement with jokes about cartooning. You could see the abstraction involved. The bad guy is a smarmy white stereotype with distinct prejudices. (I will not mention them.). The "girl" is a performing object. The "little guy" is a fat, boastful black.

You could see it as yet another drop in the ocean of oppression of an entire people. But then the unintended brilliance of the story comes into play: abstraction, exaggerated storytelling, money, class.

Whether something is worth watching has to do with the state you watch it in.

Ted's Evaluation -- 3 of 3: Worth watching.
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Tex Avery's Forgotten Uncle.
morrison-dylan-fan11 February 2013
Warning: Spoilers
With being pleased about recently tracking down a "lost" animated short from Columbia called Kitty Caddy,I decided to start searching for another "lost" cartoon short from 1947.

Checking on Youtube for the film,I was disappointed to only find 30 second clips from the short,with comments underneath saying that Youtube have "banned" the full thing from being put loaded up,due to some of the racist nature of the movie.

Struggleing to find any sign of the full film,I started to do an extensive video search online,until I thankfully ended up finding the movie,being kept in the corner,hidden from view.

The plot:

Sitting down with a group of children outside his cabin,Uncle Tom begins to tell them about how his cabin almost got knocked down.

The past:

Finding him and his small cabin stuck between the skyscrapers of New York,Tom decides that no matter how much money is offered to him the sell the land,he is going to stay firm and keep his home safe.

Furious over Tom not selling the land,businessmen Simon Legree visits the cabin,and tells Tom that if he is unable to pay his mortgage by tomorrow,he will be chucked straight out of his beloved cabin.

Upset over not having a single penny on him,Tom phones his friend Little Eva to tell her his woes.Sadden by hearing Tom so upset,Eva gives Tom the lifeline he needs,when she tells him that they may just about be able to save his cabin,if they turn it into a cabana.

View on the film:

Being made 67 years ago,the animation designs by Tex Avery are unsurprisingly not that pc,with Avery giving Legree pointed ears and a hooked nose,whilst Uncle Tom is given greatly exaggerated lips.

Despite the designs of the characters in the movie (which is a follow-up to Avery's still banned 1937 (!) Uncle Tom's Cabin) being off putting,director Avery and writer Heck Allen are impressively able to make a short that is still zany,very funny and also a little ahead of its time.Mocking Harriet Beecher stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin novel,Avery make this cigar-chomping Uncle Tom one who is real feisty,who also makes the woman who helped him out, (little Eva) his co-business partner and treats her as an equal!.

Along with the paring of Tom and Eva,Avery's makes Legree's reaction to catching an eyeful of Eva as something particularly funny in this great short which has sadly been left to fade into history.
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Not that good
rbverhoef17 April 2004
Tex Avery has made some wonderful animated short movies, but this one does not belong to that category. It is something that looks like an adaptation from 'Uncle Tom's Cabin' with an Uncle Tom who tells the children about Simon Legree. Legree owned the whole city except for Uncle Tom's cabin. To save his cabin Uncle Tom changed it to Uncle Tom's Cabaña, a bar and dancing, to raise money. The evil Legree didn't like that and tried to kill Uncle Tom. Of course the children do not believe his fantastic story.

This short kind of has a racist look on black people, although it means well, I guess. It is one thing I don't like about it, but even if you are not bothered by that, it is not very funny anyway. I had no real laughs here and that is a strange thing with a Tex Avery short. Personally I think there are better shorts to watch.
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Uncle Tom and Simon Legree
TheLittleSongbird25 November 2017
Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best ever made by anybody. 'Uncle Tom's Cabana' is very stereotypical, especially in its portrayal of Uncle Tom, and the stereotypes in design, speech and behaviour are not for the faint hearted or easily offended (even for a decade where racism and stereotypes were rife). Can see why, they are not particularly flattering and very unsubtle for Avery. It's not one of Avery's funniest or most inventive cartoons.

Having said that, it is the better one of his Uncle Tom cartoons and oddly enough there are more offensive cartoons, especially 'Angel Puss', 'Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat' and the human Tom and Jerry cartoon 'Plane Dumb'.

Character designs apart, the animation is rich in detail, has handsome background art and lush colours. Scott Bradley's music score is as ever superb, lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms, it's also beautifully synchronised with the action and gestures/expressions and even enhances the impact.

There are fun moments, a less flimsy story than one would expect, lively timing and excellent voice acting from particularly Paul Frees.

Overall, not for all tastes but while not always my cup of tea it was interesting and fun enough. 7/10 Bethany Cox
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