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Birth of An Industry: Blackface Minstrelsy and the Rise of American Animation

Nicholas Sammond, Author
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Race, Page 261

In Lucky Ducky (1948) an exploding shotgun shell transforms two witless hunters into "pickaninnies." This 1948 MGM short features a repeating trope in Golden Age animation: the ostensibly white character is blown into abject blackness by an explosion. Instead of being killed or maimed, the character is blown into a racist blackface caricature, expressing blackness as humiliation. 

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