Robert Clampett

Robert Clampett – Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs (1943)

From Steve Schneider’s book, That’s Not All Folks! The Art of Warner Bros. Animation (1988):

The one cartoon that best sums up the Clampett sensibility – and, for that matter, the new braziness of the entire [Leon Schlesinger] studio – is Warner’s first release of 1943, Coal Black and de Sebben Dwarfs. Notorious now, the cartoon is virtually a scene-by-scene, character-by-character send-up of the fabled Disney feature, as enacted by an all-black cast. (The film’s regrettable ethnic element, it must be added, is indicative of some of the conventions of the time. Read More »