the Trail for Hallelujah Land"
Merrie Melodies (Piggy title)
Released: November 28, 1931
Starring: Piggy and Fluffy
Supervision by - Rudolf Ising
Drawn by - Isadore Freleng, Paul Smith
Musical Score by - Frank Marsales
Piggy the riverboat
captain helps save Uncle Tom.
A riverboat is steaming
its way down a river while its passengers sing the title tune. Fluffy
is on her way to the dock, riding on a donkey-drawn carriage driven by
Uncle Tom. Piggy, the riverboat captain, docks the ship just as Fluffy
arrives. Fluffy boards the ship, as Piggy hauls her huge crate aboard.
Fluffy bids Uncle Tom farewell as the boat leaves the dock. Piggy and
Fluffy begin dancing to the music being made by the passengers, but Piggy
is dancing on the railing of the ship and falls off. He gets his behind
beaten by the paddle wheel before falling into the river. He swims to
what he thinks is a rock, but turns out to be an angry alligator. Piggy
reaches a log and attaches a plant to his tail to use as a propeller,
then makes his getaway back to the boat, where he begins dancing again.
Meanwhile, Uncle Tom is dozing off on his carriage, but his donkey's tail
keeps hitting him in the face. He ties a rock to the tail, but it too
hits him in the face and sends him flying into a cemetery. Three skeletons
emerge from a grave and begin singing the title tune to the terrified
Uncle Tom. He runs off and tries to get out a door, but the doorknob turns
out to be another skeleton which pops out and taunts him. Tom finds a
rowboat, but it has no bottom and it leaves him floating in the river.
Piggy hears Uncle Tom's cries for help, so he dives into the river (his
pants stay behind, until Piggy jumps back into them). As Piggy brings
Tom to shore, Fluffy is attacked by a mustache-twirling villain. Piggy
runs along the shore to a cargo hook, which he uses to pluck Fluffy and
the villain off the boat. Piggy then uses the hook to lower the villain
onto a buzz saw. Piggy and Fluffy laugh and the villain gets his bottom
- This cartoon marks
the second and final appearance of Piggy and Fluffy.
- This cartoon is
part of the infamous "Censored 11", a group of Turner-controlled
WB cartoons not allowed to be shown on TV or released to home video
due to the use of black stereotypes.
- Disney Swipe: Compare
a scene in this cartoon to a similar one from Disney's Steamboat