Baby Bottleneck

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Baby Bottleneck
Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck/Porky Pig) series
Directed by Bob Clampett
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
(Various Other Characters-uncredited)
Sara Berner
("Mama" Gorilla-uncredited)
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Rod Scribner
Manny Gould
Bill Melendez
I. Ellis
Layouts by Thomas McKimson
Backgrounds by Dorcy Howard
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc.
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) March 16, 1946
(Original USA release)
June 14, 1952
(Blue Ribbon Reissue)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

Baby Bottleneck is a Warner Bros. Looney Tunes (reissued as a Blue Ribbon) theatrical cartoon short released in 1946 and directed by Bob Clampett and written by Warren Foster. It stars Porky Pig and Daffy Duck.

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There is a baby boom of the post-war United States; an overworked stork (a clear Jimmy Durante reference) gets drunk in the Stork Club, complaining that he does all the work and the fathers get all the credit.

There is an emergency delivery in which inexperienced animals, mostly older animals but including a dog with a propeller-powered tail carrying bundles of babies, four crows attempting to deliver an elephant, a pelican with simple devices to help haul the babies in its bill, and a mouse dragging a baby rhino as they take the babies to their parents. As a result, babies are getting sent to the wrong kind (such as a baby skunk to a mother goose, a baby kitten to a mother duck, a baby gorilla to Mrs. Kangaroo, a baby hippo to Scottie Dog, a baby alligator to a Mrs. Pig, and a baby cat to Mr. Mouse. To clear up the confusion, Porky Pig is brought in to manage the factory, with Daffy Duck as his assistant. While Daffy mans the phones, making quick references to Bing Crosby, Eddie Cantor and the Dionne Quintuplets' father, Porky runs the control room, contacting references to Roydan Stork, Jimmy Doolittle as Jimmy Doo-quite-a-little, and a B-19. Then one of the workers comes into Porky's door and said his skyrocket invention would speed things exponentially, but the rocket exploded before the send-off. It's back to the drawing board for that idea.

Then Daffy yelled with a lisp, "Fffull-speed ahead!" and Porky pulled the switch as the babies are seen going through a conveyor belt (to the tune of Raymond Scott's famous "Powerhouse") and getting sent by various animals, one of which is a baby hippo crying loudly and paused as it cutely said, "I'm only 3½ seconds old," before resuming its wailing.

When Porky reads the tags from the other babies, he found a stray egg is found without an address, Porky decides to have Daffy sit on it until it hatches. However, Daffy refuses to sit around on top of an egg and he said, "Sittin' on eggs is out! O-W-T — Out!!". Porky chases Daffy around the factory (complete with an imitation of Porky by Daffy), until they wind up trapped on the conveyor belt. The belt winds up stuffing both of them into one package (with Porky as the legs and Daffy as the top half) and send them off to Africa via a stork-shaped skyrocket (Patent Pending), where a gorilla is waiting for her arrival. When the gorilla looks at the "baby" she sees Daffy Duck crying, Porky peeks through the diaper, saying, "Uh, boo...", causing the gorilla to cry on the telephone, "Mr. Anthony, I have a problem!!" (a reference to John J. Anthony, who conducted a daily radio advice program at the time called The Goodwill Hour; its stock phrase was "I have a problem, Mr. Anthony").

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