Possible edit of the Disney animated short on the 20,000 Leagues disc?

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  1. soop.spoon

    soop.spoon Supporting Actor

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    I found a bit of the dialog to be odd in the short Grand Canyonscope:

    The tour guide says "Don't bother the American" when Donald Duck is pestering an American Indian.

    I could be totally wrong, but it seems like the dialog would have been "Don't bother the Indian"

    anyone have any insights?
     
  2. Christopher_S

    Christopher_S Stunt Coordinator

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    I noticed the same thing and thought it was odd. That was the first time I'd seen the short, and so I couldn't compare it to anything, but the line just seemed so strange. Actually, the thought that it had been changed never crossed my mind, I just assumed it was some kind of dated joke or usage that would have made sense to audiences at the time. But your theory sounds more plausible. :b
     
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    I caught that reference too and made a comment about it. I too would be interested if anyone knows definitively if it was changed.
     
  4. george kaplan

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    Count me in as another one who noticed it, thinks something's fishy, and has no idea what. [​IMG]
     
  5. Mark Zimmer

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    I don't know, but it pisses me off that the cartoon was nonanamorphic. [​IMG] The picture quality was wretched.
     
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    I don't think it's been changed. At least on my copy taped from TV years ago it was "Don't bother the American" (or "Americans"). And why shouldn't it? I think most of the fun would be gone if the line read "Don't bother the Indian"... I think they were having fun with "PC-ness" even in the 50s.
     
  7. Jeffrey Gray

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    I think the joke is referring to when tourists sometimes pester native members of a country (French in France, Italians in Italy, etc.). Donald is doing a similar thing, but to an American Indian, so the guide says "Don't bother the American." (My theory, at least.)
     
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    Jeffrey Gray has it right on the money. At least, I always interpreted the gag along similar lines. The line is original, not a change.
     
  9. Gordon McMurphy

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    Most 'Native Americans' actually don't mind being called 'Indians' - and why shouldn't they? It's not a derogitory term afterall. [​IMG]

    All humans to me anyway. [​IMG]


    Gordy
     
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