Bye, Bye Bluebeard
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|Bye, Bye Bluebeard|
|Directed by||Arthur Davis|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer (uncredited)|
|Story by||Sid Marcus|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Basil Davidovich|
Art Davis (uncredited)
|Layouts by||Don Smith|
|Backgrounds by||Philip DeGuard|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
The Vitaphone Corporation
Bye, Bye Bluebeard is a Warner Brothers cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series released on October 21, 1949:204:430 and directed by Arthur Davis. The title is a play on the song "Bye Bye Blackbird".
The short is the last cartoon directed by Davis in the 1940’s before his animation unit was dissolved by Warner Bros. due to budget issues (Davis’ last WB directed cartoon in general was Quackodile Tears in 1962) . He would later recollect to Friz Freleng’s unit as a key animator the same year.
Porky Pig is eating large amounts of food to the rhythm of an exercise radio broadcast. A mouse then proceeds to sneak up and makes a sandwich out of Porky's finger by accident. Porky then tries to drive the mouse off, but then he is suddenly startled by a radio announcement that killer Bluebeard is at large and Porky frantically bars and locks up his house. The mouse then decides to take advantage of Porky's fear by disguising himself as Bluebeard (causing Porky to literally jump out of his skin) and threatening Porky until he offers him some food. As Porky is busy getting the mouse a drink, he is alerted by a radio newsflash that gives Bluebeard's height away as 6' 11. Realizing he was tricked, Porky then measures the rodent as 3 inches, confirming his suspicions. The rodent unsuccessfully tries to scare Porky with a few evil laughs, each now meeker than the last, and Porky then pursues the mouse with a meat cleaver. Spotting what appears to be the mouse's fake beard under the table, Porky yanks at it to force the mouse out but ends up pulling out the real Bluebeard (who had been apparently hiding underneath the table the whole time) by accident. An oblivious Porky sees the mouse in front of him, who points to Bluebeard behind Porky. Porky realizes the character whose beard he had been yanking on correctly matches the description from the radio broadcast, terrifying the pig.
Bluebeard then straps Porky to a rocket before proceeding to eat his food. He spots the mouse—who pretends to be Bluebeard's conscience—and tries to eat him, resulting in a chase that ends with Bluebeard getting hit five times by the mouse with pies to the face in various containers. Meanwhile, Porky manages to stop the fuse on the rocket and Bluebeard, deciding to ignore the mouse, builds a guillotine to kill Porky instead. Just as Porky is about to be executed by Bluebeard, the mouse decides to help Porky by tricking Bluebeard into eating some bombs, which the murderer mistakes for popovers. After consuming them, Bluebeard sees smoke emitting from his mouth and frantically takes to the medicine cabinet, mixing together every drug in it. Before he can administer the resulting concoction, however, the bombs inside him explode, killing him. In the final scene, Porky happily shares a meal with the mouse in gratitude for saving his life. The mouse indicates his fat tummy to the audience and pats it contently.
This film is a rare example of a Warner Brothers short in which a character (apparently) dies without a comic postscript (for example, reappearing as an angel or a ghost).
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