Sweet Sioux Review
Sweet Sioux is a 1937 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty solid short.
This is actually a very solid short despite all odds going against it and more on that later. It follows Native Americans and it has no plot but is just about music as we follow their dances. I am usually against heavy on music and light on plot cartoons but this one benefits from very good score and it is a lot of fun. All of the dance scenes were highly amusing and diverse as we also got Russian music in there too which was interesting. The film is a lot of fun with an infectious energy to it.
However, the Native Americans are portrayed in a very racist manner with their mannerisms and behavior being highly stereotypical. I do not blame the movie so much as it was from a different time, but I blame today’s American society. They are the people who censored most of the Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies about African Americans, but this one does not belong in the Censored Eleven despite it being very racist. I find that hypocritical.
Sweet Sioux is racist and with no plot to it, but it is a lot of fun with a highly infectious energy to it and many great dance sequences.