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Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs

by Nicholas Sammond

This 1943 Warner Bros. short, directed by Bob Clampett, is wartime propaganda that uses racist caricatures of African Americans as lazy, voracious, and overly sexualized in order to reinforce wartime lessons about sacrifice and abstention. At the same time, it plays on resentments around the privation caused by wartime rationing, and it would not be unreasonable to suggest that it displaces those resentments onto its characters...or at least allows them to stand in for the thwarted desires of deprived viewers.

Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs

A 1943 WB cartoon retelling Snow White with a racist inflection

from Coal Black and De Sebben Dwarfs (1943)
Creator: Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor: Private Collection
Posted by Nicholas Sammond