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Shuffle Off to Buffalo (1933)

Baby central. A flock of storks is leaving with babies. An old man at a ledger book is dealing with phone calls and letters; a request for twins from Nanook of the North sends him to the ... See full summary »

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... Old Man - Little Boy (voice) (uncredited)
The Rhythmettes ... Singing Babies (voice) (uncredited)
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Baby central. A flock of storks is leaving with babies. An old man at a ledger book is dealing with phone calls and letters; a request for twins from Nanook of the North sends him to the refrigerator; the stork carries them in slings marked "upper birth" and "lower birth." Another request, written in Hebrew; this baby comes back as a rough Jewish stereotype, and gets stamped kosher. He then joins the head man singing the title song, and shuffling us off to see the baby assembly line, manned by dwarves. The babies are washed in a washing machine, dried, powdered, diapered in paper towels, loaded up with milk, and sent off in a crib. They clamor for "Cantor" and one of the dwarves reveals that he was _Eddie Cantor_ in disguise, followed by another round of the title song. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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The baby in the straw hat singing with a French accent is a caricature of Maurice Chevalier. See more »

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Featured in Glorious Technicolor (1998) See more »

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When I'm the President (We Want Cantor)
Written by Al Sherman and Al Lewis
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Cantor bottleneck
1 December 2008 | by See all my reviews

One of the Warner Bros. cartoons from the days before Bugs, Daffy and Porky - at this time, it was still Leon Schlesinger Productions leasing cartoons to WB - portrays a baby-making factory. One of the requests is written in Hebrew, and so the factory makes a baby that looks like an infant Elliott Gould. The reason that "Shuffle Off to Buffalo" has a title song is that Merrie Melodies throughout most of the 1930s were named after songs owned by WB, and they would have the characters sing the song. By the end of the decade, they had dropped this policy.

In 1946, Bob Clampett released a more famous cartoon about a baby-producing factory: "Baby Bottleneck" casts Daffy Duck and Porky Pig as owners of the factory who have an unfortunate experience one day. I certainly prefer that one more, as it has more of a plot. But this one should be of interest to people who want to know the entire history of Warner Bros. cartoons. At this point in time, they probably had no idea that their eventual star would be a witty rabbit.


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