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Swooner Crooner (1944)

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

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Al Jolson Rooster (voice)
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #6 (1943-1944 Season) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

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 »

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 »

Connections

Referenced in The Mouse-Merized Cat (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Johnny Mercer
Sung by cartoon parody of Bing Crosby
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Sooner or later, "Powerhouse" had to get mixed with the Rosie the Riveter culture.
17 April 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

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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