I can’t believe that I didn’t come across it earlier, possibly because it was under the title Abdul the Bulbul-Ameer, but I thought the search engines would have taken care of that anomaly.
Anyway, I can now lay the whole business to rest by including it on my blog and you’ll find it below.
The person who posted it on YouTube says that the cartoon is banned because it is politically incorrect and includes the following to cover him or herself:
WARNING this is NOT for children and was only uploaded for the sake of history. This cartoon features unfair racial stereotypes and in NO way shape or form should ever be imitated. This is from the 1930’s.
He or she is wrong with the last bit – Abdul the Bulbul-Ameer was produced in 1941 which also explains why there is some racial stereotyping going on.
Abdul is depicted as the classic bullying character (think Bluto) with a more positive portrayal of Ivan Skavinsky Skavar. Of course, Russia had just formed an alliance with Britain after Hitler had invaded the Soviet Union which probably explains it.
Anyway, here is the video – hopefully that is now the obsession exorcised! (Update: the video I found has disappeared and I have replaced it with another – 31st May 2017)