Starving Mexican mice want access to a cheese factory guarded by Sylvester Cat and send for Speedy Gonzales, the fastest mouse in all Mexico, to breeze past Sylvester and obtain the cheese ... See full summary »
It's the first game in the baseball series between the Yankee Doodlers and the Draft Dodgers. The pitcher uses the variety of equipment and a variety of pitches to thwart the opposing batters, resulting in an unusual game of baseball that often resembles things other than baseball. The crowd is generally happy with the outcome, except one fan who blames everything on the umpire. The team in the field may use one trick too many which results in a sad ending. Written by
The action takes place at "W.C. Field," which obviously takes its name from W.C. Fields. The line "The guy who thought of this corny gag isn't with us any more" under it clearly alludes to the fact that writer Rich Hogan had already left MGM (though he returned in 1948) when work on the cartoon was in progress. See more »
The players are taking their positions...
[where all baseball positions behind the pitcher should be are "A1" signs]
Oops! Forgot about the war. Oh, well, we still have our pitcher.
[the pitcher's shirt is marked "4F" on the back]
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The main credits (including the MGM lion) don't appear until a character asks to see them. See more »
A wonderful little toon brought to us by Tex Avery and Fred Quimby. Basically it's an extended sequence of a cartoon pitcher pitching to various over sized cartoon batsmen, complete with wry narrations. Each pitch comes with a visual gag (love that curve ball), while the names of the teams and the name of the stadium also bring mirth to the party. You don't have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this splendid piece of animation.
Music is by Scott Bradley, animation by Ray Abrams, Preston Blair, Ed Love and Claude Smith, and voices are provided by Wally Maher and Pinto Colvig. Batty Baseball can be found as an extra on the Region One DVD release of James Stewart's The Stratton Story. 8/10
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