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It's the start of the Baby-Boom, and the overworked delivery system is full of glitches: Mother Goose gets a baby skunk, a Scotty dog gets a little hippo, and Mr. and Mrs. Mouse wind up with a kitten. Porky and Daffy take over the Baby Factory and get things straightened out until an unidentified egg comes rolling down the assembly line. Written by
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Maybe there is some unintended bias, seeing as Bob Clampett has a very interesting and wonderfully wacky style that is always a joy to watch.
Daffy is also one of Looney Tunes' most iconic, most interesting and funniest characters and while Porky is sometimes bland on his own and can be overshadowed by supporting characters he is amusing and likable and his partnership with Daffy is always hugely enjoyable. The premise is also a pretty unique one for the time.
Anybody who is a fan of Clampett, Daffy and Porky are more than likely to love 'Baby Bottleneck'. For me, it's one of the best and one of the funniest for all three. The premise is interesting and different, and is executed in a way that constantly entertains and intrigues. The beginning may not work for some people, personally was never alienated by it and thought it was visually clever and fun.
The animation is not only beautifully drawn, very detailed and colourful but there are some really imaginative moments, especially towards the end with the unhatched egg. Carl Stalling always made a great cartoon even better with his music scores, and with its lush and lively orchestration, high energy and character and action-enhancing synchronisation his music for 'Baby Bottleneck' is hardly an exception.
'Baby Bottleneck' throughout is incredibly funny and often hilarious. The mix ups are funny enough, but the highlight is the war over the unhatched egg with a hysterical exchange of dialogue and imaginative visuals. The dialogue is deliciously wild and looney and the razor sharp wit is more than evident too. There are many references here and they are fun to spot and recognise, though they are of the time and may go over the heads of some. The gags are just as fun and inventive, with the distinctive Clampett wackiness.
Daffy is wonderfully manic and bitter, and Porky is a very likable foil and no less amusing. Mel Blanc's voice work is characteristically fantastic, very rarely did this supremely talented man disappoint in his career apart from when even he couldn't salvage some bad material seen in too much of the mid-late-60s output.
Overall, a classic. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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