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Mother Goose Goes to Hollywood (1938) - Silly Symphonies

by Nicholas Sammond

This Silly Symphonies short replaces several Mother Goose tales with caricatures of 1930s Hollywood stars, including Katherine Hepburn, Hugh Herbert and Cab Calloway. The stars are shown within the tales, meeting together at the end in a grand song and dance number. The cartoon was banned, however, due to its racist stereotypes. First, a pie hits Katherine Hepburn in the face, mimicking blackface and further echoed by her vocal change to a steretypical African-American slang. The stereotype is further seen through the three black stars shown: Cab Calloway, Fats Waller and Stepin Fetchit. These three stars emerge from a pie, from the Mother Goose line "twenty black birds baking a pie," with a chorus of black men echoing minstrel routines and playing off of comedic slapstick stereotypes.

Mother Goose Goes to Hollywood

One of Disney's Silly Symphonies, this animated short replaces several Mother Goose tales with caricatures of stars from the 1930s, all of whom come together at the end in a grand song and dance number.

from Mother Goose Goes to Hollywood (1938) - Silly Symphonies (1938)
Creator: Walt Disney
Posted by Nicholas Sammond
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