Confederate Honey

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Confederate Honey
Directed byFriz Freleng
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Story byBen Hardaway
StarringMel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan
Sara Berner
(all uncredited)
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byCal Dalton
Richard Bikenbach (uncredited)
Gil Turner (uncredited)
Layouts byOwen Fitzgerald (uncredited)
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
March 30, 1940 (USA premiere)
Running time
8 min (one reel)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Confederate Honey is a 1940 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Friz Freleng. It is a sendup of Gone with the Wind, and features an early appearance by Elmer Fudd in his most familiar form.

Title[edit]

The cartoon's title is meant to evoke "Confederate money".

Plot[edit]

It is 1861 (B.Sea., that is "Before Seabiscuit"), and Colonel O'Hairoil, a literal blueblood in the literally bluegrass country of Kentucky, presides over rich tobacco and cotton plantations. His black workers slowly pick the cotton one boll at a time, and when one young lad takes two bolls of cotton and hands them to his recumbent father to place in the packing crate, he is warned, "Don't get too ambitious there, son."

The pride of the plantation is the Colonel's daughter, Crimson O'Hairoil, who is courted by many suitors, who leave in vain after having their horse parking ticket validated (for parking is charged by the hour). Crimson has eyes only for the "chivalrous, hard riding, square shooting soldier of fortune, Ned Cutler." (Elmer Fudd). Ned arrives, and is just, with some difficulty, about to ask Crimson a question, when there is an explosion. The American Civil War has started. Ned must leave to join his "wegiment." He leaves his horse in the paid lot, despite the warning of the attendant.

The war drags on. The war is picketed on the grounds that it is unfair to the Union, while civilians are equipped with blue "Union suits" (uniforms). An officer addresses his men, warning that the other side is pitching Stoneball Jackson, "a southpaw" against them, and if they win, they will meet the South in the Cotton Bowl. A trumpeter sounds a call, but things degenerate into a jazz band. A nervous Confederate officer paces in a tent with information coming in by telegraph—it turns out to be race results. Ned shoots a cannon, whose ball acts like a pinball in a machine.

Meanwhile, the horse and attendant await Ned's return. The Colonel is dispirited to hear, on the radio, that "The Yanks" have won again, announced before a victory for Brooklyn (and all others rained out), and curses the Yankees.

Back at camp, Ned reads a letter and sighs. A signal rocket turns into an advertisement "After the battle eat Southern Fried Chicken at Mammy's Shack." Crimson, having promised to burn a light in the window for Ned, does so with such enthusiasm with a searchlight that she alarms Paul Revere, who rides away giving his famous warning.

Time passes (with the horse and attendant still in the lot) from 1861 to 1865, and the war ends. Crimson looks out her window, strewn with the remains of candles. At last, Ned returns, and finally asks Crimson the question—can she validate his parking ticket? She stamps "REVOKED" across his forehead.

This is the first of three cartoons featuring the black hunter from All This and Rabbit Stew. He appears as the slave who is waiting for Ned to pick up his horse.

Availability[edit]

  • Laserdisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 3, Side 8: The Evolution of Egghead
  • DVD - Errol Flynn Westerns Collection Virginia City (USA 1995 Turner print added as a bonus, censored, see Censorship)

Notes[edit]

  • The finalized "That's all Folks!" writing debuts starting with "Confederate Honey" and is still used today. It is even used on films and later media as well, like T-shirts. "Confederate Honey" is also the start of the second half of the 1939-40 season where the sky background changes to a black background, but everything else remains the same.
  • Though not a Censored 11 cartoon, its distribution has been disallowed due to the racial stereotypes of African Americans.

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