Inki and the Minah Bird
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Story byTedd Pierce
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
StarringMel Blanc
Edited byTreg Brown
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byRobert Cannon
Shamus Culhane
Ken Harris
Rudy Larriva
Ben Washam
A.C. Gamer
Layouts byJohn McGrew
Backgrounds byGene Fleury
Bernyce Polifka
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • November 13, 1943 (1943-11-13)
Running time
7 minutes
CountryUnited States

Inki and the Minah Bird is a 1943 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones. The short features Inki and was released on November 13, 1943.


Inki is an African child who runs into a denture-wearing lion while hunting with a spear. The lion then chases the young native all over the place. The minah bird joins forces with Inki against the mighty lion, but proceeds to mess everything up for all.

Home media

Notes and bans

Inki and the Minah Bird was the only Inki short to fall into the public domain; all the rest in the series are under copyright.[4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]

Because this cartoon portrays stereotypes of Indian and black cultures, it is no longer included in USA television packages, along with the other four Inki shorts.[12] It includes scenes or situations that portray potentially offensive, negative or otherwise socially unacceptable content which may be perceived as fostering stereotypes of African heritage people.


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