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Porky's Baseball Broadcast (1940)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 6 July 1940 (USA)

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It's the Giants vs. the Red Sox in the final game of the World Series, and Porky's doing play-by-play for the radio audience. The umpire is blind; the bat boy is, literally, a bat, and the ... See full summary »

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Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
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It's the Giants vs. the Red Sox in the final game of the World Series, and Porky's doing play-by-play for the radio audience. The umpire is blind; the bat boy is, literally, a bat, and the catcher's a fast-talking turtle. The Giant's pitcher is literally a giant. And of course, as with any New York-Boston matchup, the Giants win. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Included on the 2006 Warner DVD of Knute Rockne All American (1940) See more »

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The radio station call letters KWB would only be used west of the Mississippi River, not for a Giant-Red Sox world series which would take place in the eastern United States. See more »

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Edited from Boulevardier from the Bronx (1936) See more »

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Three Blind Mice
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the days before ESPN
24 March 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

I've always noticed that during their first few years, the Looney Tunes cartoons were sort of like the Marx Brothers' movies with the kinds of gags that they pulled. "Porky's Baseball Broadcast" actually features the famously stuttering swine in more of a supporting role, as he narrates a baseball game in which every crazy thing possible happens: American Indians are the scalpers (not PC anymore), one of the players literally stretches, and a ball is truly a screamer.

As far as I can tell, Friz Freleng and the rest of the Termite Terrace crowd - to paraphrase Cyndi Lauper - just wanted to have fun with their work. This one is pretty funny; in fact, if you've seen enough Looney Tunes cartoons, you can probably guess what will happen just by Porky's narration. Some of the gags were later used in "Baseball Bugs".

PS: writer Ben Hardaway drew Bugs Bunny's prototype. Hardaway's nickname was Bugs, and he titled the drawing "Bugs' Bunny". So, they dropped the apostrophe, and the wascawwy wabbit was born.


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