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Swooner Crooner (1944)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 6 May 1944 (USA)
Porky Pig's egg faces production problems when a crooning rooster distracts the hens from their jobs.

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Hens are working in the "Flockheed Eggcraft Factory", laying eggs for the war effort until they get distracted by a rooster singing like Frank Sinatra. Porky, the supervisor, rushes to investigate. Soon, he's auditioning for a new crooner; among those showing up are caricatures of Al Jolson, 'Jimmy Durante' and Cab Calloway. He evetually gets to a Bing Crosby clone, who introduces himself as "The Old Groaner". Between the two of them, egg production is soon more than he can handle. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Trivia

The baritone rooster is frequently identified as a caricature of Vaughn Monroe. However, "Shortenin' Bread" was a big hit for Nelson Eddy not Monroe, making it more likely he was the intended target of the parody. See more »

Goofs

When Porky goes to stop the assembly line, the boxes on the conveyor belt disappear at the point where Porky was picking them up before. See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing scene, just before closing credits begin, Porky Pig asked 'Frank Sinatra (I)' & Bing Crosby, how they got his hens, to lay their large quantities of eggs, then Frank and Bing teamed together, their musical voices caused Porky Pig, as if he became a hen, to lay a big quantity of eggs, then the closing credits begin. See more »

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Referenced in Hollywood Canine Canteen (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

As Time Goes By
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Written by Herman Hupfeld
Sung by cartoon parody of Frank Sinatra
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An Egg-cellent Classic Cartoon
31 May 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This wartime cartoon features Porky Pig as manager of the "Flockheed Eggcraft Factory." Yes, nobody loves plays-on-words more than the writers of these cartoons.

The hens clock in for their wartime assembly-line duties. The assembly is clever and funny, how they picture the eggs being dumped out of a bombardier, caught below with catcher's mitt, etc.

The caricature of Frank Sinatra had me laughing out loud. If you've seen pictures of Frank when he was really young and the girls were screaming over him, you saw a real skinny guy with a bow-tie. The artists here had fun with that, and portraying the different ways in which all the hens "swoon."

Later, we see other famous singers "audition" but no one makes the grade until "Bing" shows up....and the swooning starts all over again. The the two stars both sing and the egg production goes sky high!

I grew up a decade later but I can still appreciate this fantastic cartoon, which was part of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Three.


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