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Injun Trouble
Merrie Melodies (Cool Cat) series
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One of Cool Cat's many encounters with the inhabitants of the reservation.
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by William L. Hendricks
Story by Cal Howard
Voices by Larry Storch
Music by William Lava
Animation by Ted Bonnicksen
LaVerne Harding
Jim Davis
Ed Solomon
Layouts by Bob Givens
Jaime Diaz
Backgrounds by Bob McIntosh
Studio Warner Bros.-Seven Arts Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros.-Seven Arts
Release date(s) September 20, 1969
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:18 min
Language English

Injun Trouble is a 1969 final animated cartoon short in the Merrie Melodies series, directed by Robert McKimson and featuring Cool Cat. It is noted for being the final cartoon in the original Merrie Melodies series, ending a run which had lasted since 1930.

This cartoon was the last Merrie Melodies cartoon until 1979's The Fright Before Christmas. The cartoon shares its name with an earlier short directed by Bob Clampett.

Synopsis

Cool Cat is driving to the town of Hotfoot one day, when his route happens to take him through an Indian reservation. Two scouts spot him and one of them gives chase, only to fall into a chasm when the weight of him and his horse causes the makeshift bridge to collapse (even though it had carried Cool Cat and his car without trouble). Cool Cat rescues them and continues his journey. Along the way, he encounters a man who tries to give his heavily obese daughter away, a more attractive woman that invites him for an "Indian Wrestle" (which turns out to be a fight with a man who is far larger than Cool Cat), a literal bareback rider and a Native American who uses a stenograph-like device to create smoke signals which read "COOL CAT GO HOME!"

Finally arriving in Hotfoot, Cool Cat spots two horses playing human shoes. After that, Cool Cat spots a "Topless Saloon" and heads in, but finds out that the only topless person in there is the bartender, a rather burly man. An outlaw named Gower Gulch then arrives and seemingly challenges Cool Cat to a duel, but then settles for a game of poker. Cool Cat gets a good hand with four Aces, only for Gulch to get a Royal Flush. Announcing that he is "cutting out," Cool Cat produces a pair of scissors and cuts a hole out of the background, which he then disappears into. He then reappears for a moment and ends the cartoon (and series) with the words "So cool it now, ya hear!"

Controversy

Owing to controversy over its stereotyping of Native Americans (and some racy jokes such as "Indian wrestling" with a curvy Native American woman and the "topless saloon"), the cartoon has never been shown by United States television broadcasters, or released on video. While bootleg versions are available (most commonly with a timecode on the image), it is one of the rarest of all Warner Bros. cartoons,[1] owing to the relative unpopularity of cartoons from this era of the studio (unlike the "Censored Eleven," which were produced during the studio's heyday).

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Preceded by
Bugged by a Bee
Cool Cat shorts
1969
Succeeded by
None (Final Episode)
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