Plane Dumb (1932)
Article 5607 by Dave Sindelar
Directed by John Foster and George Rufle
Featuring the voices of Aubrey Lyle and F.E. Miller
What it is: Tom and Jerry (NOT the cat and mouse) cartoon
Tom and Jerry take a plane trip to Africa, and plan to blend in by disguising themselves as natives.
As I’ve mentioned in previous reviews, these early Tom and Jerrys are not the famous cat and mouse, but a pair of humans, one tall and thin, the other short and fat. And, as you might have gleaned from the plot description, this cartoon is far from politically correct as they disguise themselves in blackface. As if that wasn’t bad enough, their having done so makes them feel it is necessary to talk like Amos ‘n’ Andy. If this didn’t make you want to skip the cartoon, then the fact that it’s another dose of subpar lowbrow slapstick should give you another reason to keep away. The fantastic content includes an encounter with a giant octopus, several monsters (I think they’re supposed to be wild animals, but they look like nothing I’ve ever seen), and a scene in a creepy cave that has a giant bat and some singing skeletons.