Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004
Little African character, created by Chuck Jones, who appeared in a handful of cartoons between 1939 and 1950. Inki would usually be hunting some animal, all the while being stalked by a mysterious, inscrutable minah bird, hopping along to the tune of the “Fingal’s Cave” theme from Mendelssohn’s Hebrides Overture. These cartoons are rarely seen today, partly for fear -- ungrounded, in my view -- that the depiction of the character is racist in nature. Inki is a very neutral character, really quite inoffensive.
Inki and the Minah Bird (1943) features exceptional animation by Shamus Culhane.
Filmography, all directed by Jones:
Little Lion Hunter (1939)
Inki and the Lion (1941)
Inki and the Mihah Bird (1943)
Inki at the Circus (1947)
Caveman Inki (1950)