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Release Date:
6 May 1944 (USA) See more »
Porky Pig's egg faces production problems when a crooning rooster distracts the hens from their jobs. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Nominated for Oscar. See more »
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Sooner or later, "Powerhouse" had to get mixed with the Rosie the Riveter culture. See more (9 total) »


  (in credits order)

Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig (voice)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Sara Berner ... Chickens (voice) (uncredited)
Richard Bickenbach ... Bing Crosby Rooster (voice) (uncredited)

Directed by
Frank Tashlin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Warren Foster  story

Produced by
Leon Schlesinger .... producer
Original Music by
Carl W. Stalling (uncredited)
Film Editing by
Treg Brown (uncredited)
Sound Department
Treg Brown .... sound effects editor (uncredited)
Animation Department
Izzy Ellis .... animator (as I. Ellis)
George Cannata .... animator (uncredited)
Arthur Davis .... animator (uncredited)
Music Department
Carl W. Stalling .... musical director
Milt Franklyn .... orchestrator (uncredited)

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7 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
1.37 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
USA:Approved (PCA #9707)

Did You Know?

The caricatured celebrities are, in order of appearance: The Crooner: Frank Sinatra; "Shortenin' Bread": Nelson Eddy; "September in the Rain": Al Jolson; "Lullaby of Broadway": Jimmy Durante; "Blues in the Night": Cab Calloway; The Old Groaner: Bing Crosby.See more »
Revealing mistakes: 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 »
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What makes cutting up the Warner Bros. cartoons particularly indefensible?
List: Singer increases farm production
List: Warner Bros. cartoons that were nominated for Academy Awards
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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
Sooner or later, "Powerhouse" had to get mixed with the Rosie the Riveter culture., 17 April 2007
Author: Lee Eisenberg ( from Portland, Oregon, USA

In the only Porky Pig cartoon to receive an Oscar nomination, filmdom's most famous swine owns a farm and has the hens lay eggs all day - to the tune of (what else?) Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse" - but the hens get distracted by a crooning rooster. But when Porky hires another rooster to woo the hens back, the whole ordeal really turns into a battle of wits.

An obvious aspect of "Swooner Crooner" is that it's truly a product of WWII, what with the clear allusion to Rosie the Riveter. But of course, they parody singers like Bing Crosby and Frank Sinatra. Yeah, those guys may have been really popular in those days, but I just bet that most people in my generation believe that BC and FS deserved to get mocked as brutally as possible.

OK, so I don't know whether or not I can speak for every member of my generation. But I can say that this is a really funny cartoon. It got included in Leonard Maltin's "Bugs and Daffy: Wartime Cartoons".

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