Tom and Jerry
Petition to The Criterion Collection, Criterion Collection, Warner Brothers
Criterion: Release The Censored 11 and Other Banned Shorts on Home Video
The Censored 11, Mouse Cleaning, Pop-Pie A La Mode. These are some examples of some offensive animation that Warner refuse to release on home video. Of course for good reason; many of these titles we request feature racial stereotypes and gags that are indeed offensive today. So why do we, the animation fans, want these cartoons then? For historical reasons and because we love the cartoons. It is NOT because we're racists! We animation fans are diverse and tolerant and when someone is being made fun of or ridiculed for the color of their skin, we will defend them to the very end! We know these cartoons have material not suitable in today's time and age, but they were made in a different time. A time when we didn't know any better and a time before racial justice. Nowadays, we just want to watch and enjoy these cartoons for what they are. Much as we hear that Warner does want to release them, there's a lot of red tape at Warner that's preventing these cartoons from official release. So what's the other solution? Well recently, Warner has been more opened to the idea on sublicensing titles to Criterion, a company that has been dedicated to release important classic and contemporary films in beautiful and definitive editions. If anyone can sublicensed these shorts from Warner with an understanding of history so well that they can release them on home video, it's Criterion. Which is why we're asking Criterion and Warner Bros. to finally release the banned cartoons on DVD and Blu-ray solely, and solely only, to us, the adult collectors. The following is a list of the banned cartoons in question (from Warner and its Turner subsidiary): Looney Tunes:-Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land (1931)-Sunday Go to Meetin' Time (1936)-Clean Pastures (1937)-Uncle Tom's Bungalow (1937)-Jungle Jitters (1938)-Injun Trouble (1938)-The Isle of Pingo Pongo (1938)-Scalp Trouble (1939)-The Little Lion Hunter (1939)-Mighty Hunters (1940)-Africa Squeaks (1940)-Confederate Honey (1940)-Inki and the Lion (1941)-All This and Rabbit Stew (1941)-Robinson Crusoe, Jr. (1941)-Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)-Tokio Jokio (1943)-Tin Pan Alley Cats (1943)-Inki and the Minah Bird (1943)-Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips (1944)-Angel Puss (1944)-Slightly Daffy (1944)-Goldilocks and the Jivin' Bears (1944)-Inki at the Circus (1947)-Mexican Joyride (1947)-A Feather in His Hare (1948)-Nothing But the Tooth (1948)-Which Is Witch (1949)-Caveman Inki (1950)-Tom Tom Tomcat (1953)-China Jones (1959)-Horse Hare (1960)-Hocus Pocus Pow Wow (1968)-Injun Trouble (1969) MGM:-The Old Pioneer (1934)-Toyland Broadcast (1934)-The Chinese Nightingale (1935)-The Old Plantation (1935)-Big Heel-Watha (Buck of the Month) (1944)-Uncle Tom's Cabana (1947)-Half-Pint Pygmy (1948)-Mouse Cleaning (1948)-Casanova Cat (1951) Popeye:-Pop-Pie a la Mode (1945)-The Island Fling (1946)-Popeye's Pappy (1952) Criterion, you know what the public wants, you listen to us, and we ask you to please release the 46 animated shorts Warner owns as listed, all restored and remastered, on both Blu-ray and DVD (with extras) and most importantly, both sets should have a disclaimer both on the back covers stating "INTENDED FOR ADULT COLLECTORS ONLY AND NOT SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN" along with a disclaimer and/or introduction before the main menu. By doing this, the shorts will be released on home video officially, parents won't complain since the sets won't have the intention of being sold to children, everybody wins, problem solved. So we ask you Criterion and Warner to please really and actually consider this proposal so we, the animation fans can finally have these rare pieces of animation history in our hands. And Warner, do this and I promise we will buy Tom and Jerry The Golden Collection Volume 2 on DVD and Blu-ray WITHOUT Mouse Cleaning and Casanova Cat, BUT only if you do this. Time has passed, everyone is aware of these gems, let's just release them on home video and end this once and for all. Thank you.