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Batty Baseball (1944)

Approved  |   |  Animation, Short, Comedy  |  22 April 1944 (USA)
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A series of visual gags about baseball. One running gag has an angry fan screaming "Kill the ump!" Be careful what you wish for.....

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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ...
Pitcher (voice) (uncredited)
Wally Maher ...
First Ballplayer (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

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 Huggo

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(Western Electric Sound System)

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Announcer: Here comes a long one. It's going... going... going...
[ball hits a billboard of a red-haired woman's face, knocking out one of her teeth]
Announcer: ...gone!
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Crazy Credits

The main credits (including the MGM lion) don't appear until a character asks to see them. See more »

Connections

Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.4 (1955) See more »

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Rock-a-Bye Baby
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Music by Effie I. Canning
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Crazy Baseball A La Avery
13 March 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Being a Tex Avery cartoon, I wasn't surprised this was clever and had some laughs. Tex was one of the best.

This baseball story is played at "W.C. Field." (We then see a disclaimer stating "The guy who thought of this corny gag isn't with us any more.")

The game pits "The Yankee Doodlers" versus "The Draft Dodgers." As you can tell, this one is REALLY corny....but it sure is fun to watch. It's another of those baseball cartoons that mainly feature the pitcher, his assortment of pitches, and problems with the batter and umpire. This one also has a strange, "sad" ending!

This animated short was one of the features in the Jimmy Stewart baseball movie, "The Stratton Story" DVD.


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