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The Little Lion Hunter (1939)

Out hunting in the jungle with his spear, African native boy Inki keeps narrowly missing his prey: a parrot, a giraffe, even a butterfly. Then there's that weird black bird with the ... See full summary »

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles Jones)

Writer:

Robert Givens (story)
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Out hunting in the jungle with his spear, African native boy Inki keeps narrowly missing his prey: a parrot, a giraffe, even a butterfly. Then there's that weird black bird with the syncopated hop who keeps popping up out of nowhere, only to disappear mysteriously once again. Back to big game hunting, Inki puts his ear to the ground, not noticing the ferocious lion sneaking up on him. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

7 October 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El pequeño cazador de leones See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

First appearance of Inki. See more »

Connections

Followed by Inki at the Circus (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

Fingal's Cave Overture
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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7 September 2006 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

No doubt "Little Lion Hunter" seemed funnier before people widely understood it as racist, with Inki portrayed as having bulging lips. It was the era before most Americans had studied Africa seriously, and so they knew it as the "Dark Continent", populated by savages prancing around in loin cloths (which eventually got replaced by the image of helpless peasants). The individuals behind this cartoon probably weren't trying to be mean, they just didn't know any better. I guess that as long as we understand the context, this cartoon is OK. I think.

Why couldn't there have ever been a story of someone from Africa teaching air-head, materialistic white people how to live communally?


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