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Detouring America
Detouring america
Directed By: Fred Avery
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: August 26, 1939
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Jack Miller
Animation: Rollin Hamilton
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Robert C. Bruce
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Narrator
Mr. Butterfinger
Cow Puncher
Full-Grown Papoose
Prairie Dog
Preceded By: Hare-um Scare-um
Succeeded By: Porky's Hotel
Detouring America (Uncut)-007:56

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UNCUT, dubbed version, baby and black singer RESTORED

Detouring America is a 1939 Merrie Melodies film directed by Tex Avery.


A tour of the United States, with recurring checks on the progress of the human fly climbing the Empire State Building. Also featured are jokes and gags on the Everglades, the Wyoming prairies, Alaska, a California prospector, Sioux Indians and a Jerry Colona-esque (literal) Texas cow-puncher.

In the end, the human fly screams for help when the narrator tells him to say a word to the audience.


Two scene are cut from the AAP print, which airs on Cartoon Network and Boomerang airings in the United States due to ethnic stereotyping:

  • A poor, black hitchhiker at the North Pole, singing "Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny", and, as he does so, an Eskimo grabs and carries him and drops him off at the Virginia State Line.
  • Although the Native American segment is not removed entirely, only one scene from the segment is cut: An Indian mother carrying her dopey, oversized, adult son on her back, for unknown reasons.

It is possible that the AAP print is obliterated and the uncut "dubbed version" airs on Boomerang now.


  • In 1995, Turner Entertainment restored the cut scenes for the dubbed version. The US dubbed version is shown in the video chart, which is the DVD dubbed version, in its restored format. The LaserDisc dubbed version, which is on in English, is somewhat unrestored. The dubbed version is only present on the Each Dawn I Die DVD and Volume 5 LaserDisc.
  • Detouring America's original ending card was never released on any home video format, but the original ending does exist on the censored AAP print, which was cut in the mid 80s to censor 2 scenes, cutting a minute into the cartoon. This AAP print is currently shown on Boomerang. The video on the chart was the home video release from the Each Dawn I Die DVD.
  • 2nd cartoon to have WARNER BROS. without the yellow banner, the first was Wise Quacks. This would be another prototype WARNER BROS. design. One of 3 cartoons to have WARNER BROS. not on a banner with the 1938-39 rings.

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