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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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Frank Sinatra was probably voiced by a member of The King's Men, a group that had performed for other Warner Brothers shorts. See more »

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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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Edited into Bugs & Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons (1989) See more »

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Composed by Gioachino Rossini
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Bizarre, grotesque and not very funny
3 November 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Frank Tashlin's 'The Swooner Crooner' is a cartoon I never saw on TV as a child and seeing it on DVD now it's clear why it was kept off children's TV. The concept for the cartoon is one big dirty joke! Porky Pig is a farmer who wants to increase the amount of eggs that his hens lay. He realises that the sexual arousal they experience when watching a Frank Sinatra caricature rooster perform results in them laying eggs in enormous quantities. So Porky sets about auditioning singing roosters to keep the hens in a permanent state of arousal. 'The Swooner Crooner' is a bizarre and ever-so-slightly grotesque short which I've never warmed to in the least. Most of the gags consist of various images of swooning chickens or chickens laying piles of eggs in one go. It's scarcely the stuff of split sides. Nevertheless, the cartoon was nominated for an Academy Award. No doubt the Sinatra and Bing Crosby caricatures were funnier back in the heyday of both performers. Indeed, the funniest part of 'The Swooner Crooner' in the rooster auditions in which we see a variety of caricatures of such performers as Jimmy Durante and Cab Calloway. The plot on which these caricatures are hung, however, is paper thin and the final gag is particularly strange and grotesque.


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