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Cannibal Capers

A Silly Symphony

Release Date : March 13, 1930

Running Time : 6:15


A group of cannibals gather together for a tribal dance. That is, until their dance is interrupted by a ferocious lion!


Bert Gillett
Les Clark
Floyd Gottfredson
Jack King
Ben Sharpsteen
Johnny Cannon
Tom Palmer
Norm Ferguson
Wilfred Jackson
Carlos Manriquez
Bert Lewis

Cut Scenes

The ending, which shows the little cannibal chasing the toothless lion back to the village where he finishes the cartoon in the pot, were deleted when re-release prints were prepared in the 1940s. This edit has been restored in the recent (2006) "More Silly Symphonies" DVD release.


United States
Disney Treasures : More Silly Symphonies
The Mickey Mouse Club : January 2, 1957

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Mono : Cinephone
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by Columbia Pictures, Inc.


From Jerry Edwards : An enjoyable early Silly Symphony. The opening scene appears to be some palm trees swaying in the wind, only they turn out to be the legs and grass skirts of dancing cannibals. The jungle tribe's riotous musical celebration is interrupted by a fierce lion. The lion chases one of the natives and bites him on the bottom. The lion's teeth come out, still attached to the native's bottom. The native takes the teeth, puts them in his mouth, and chases the lion, biting him as the cartoon ends. The lion is very nicely animated for 1930. The cartoon has several fun gags, such as one native being mistaken as a turtle and thrown into the stew pot. A Mickey Mouse Club version is incomplete, ending with the lion chasing the native and leaving out the very end.
From David Gerstein at Ramapith : While I haven't seen the Mickey Mouse Club version of Cannibal Capers (as Jerry has), I did tape it from Italian TV, and it seems more may be missing from the MMC version... In the original, when it's time to pick a candidate for dinner, the cannibal under the shield isn't mistaken for a turtle the chef knows very well what he's getting, and chooses between the cannibal and the turtle by doing an "Eeny-Meeny-Miney-Mo" toss-up. Then there's a classic bit where the lion stirs the stew and tries to eat the cannibal who'd been in the pot, but the little guy's too smart for him and finds ways of hanging around behind in the spoon. Great animation of the lion smugly strutting over to the pot and stirring it beforehand, too (the animators don't make the lion very consistent, but he's really good in that one scene.)
From Ryan : This is another very rare Disney cartoon because of its depiction of African natives, which in my opinion is a bit of an overreaction since the cannibals don't even look that offensive at all. It's just a silly cartoon with funny gags. I enjoy the way that the lion is drawn and the background art. However, the cannibals are a little out of proportion with the lion as one of them appears so much smaller (small enough to fit in a spoon). This is one of my favorite Silly Symphony cartoons that I enjoy watching from time to time.
From Christian : Despite the obvious racism in this short, it's still, in my opinion, one of the best Silly Symphonies. It has always been enjoyable for me to watch ever since I first saw it on this site when it once offered a new free cartoon each week. Like mentioned in the comments below, it is interesting to see one of the cannibals get out of proportion when the lion picks it up with a spoon. One thing I don't understand is why the re-releases cut the ending with the lion running away out. Not only does it give the short an abrupt ending, but it also doesn't make a lot of sense. But, that's life.

Out of 10 stars, I'd give this short a 9.8.

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