Synopsis by Sarah Ing
The dark past of Hollywood movie studios comes to light in the documentary History of Racist Animation. In the 1930s and '40s, animated films were a sure bet for studios like Warner Bros. and Disney. But, while characters like Bugs Bunny and Mickey Mouse were gaining fame among children, so were racial stereotypes like Uncle Tom. Actual footage from now-censored cartoons shows the proliferation of negative characteristics aimed at African-Americans and the Japanese. Before the age of political correctness, laughter overruled sensitivity. Now, these examples of bigoted animation serve as reminders of an artist's modern-day responsibility.