Swooner Crooner

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Swooner Crooner
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Blue Ribbon title card
Directed byFrank Tashlin
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Story byWarren Foster
StarringMel Blanc
Richard Bickenbach
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byIzzy Ellis
George Cannata
Cal Dalton
Arthur Davis
Color processTechnicolor
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
May 6, 1944 (1944-05-06)
Running time
7 minutes (one reel)
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish

Swooner Crooner is a 1944 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin. The cartoon was nominated for the 1945 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons), which it lost to the Tom and Jerry cartoon "Mouse Trouble" which shared one of the 7 Oscars for the Cat & Mouse team.[1]

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Porky Pig is the supervisor of the "Flockheed Eggcraft Factory", where dozens of hens lay eggs for the war effort (in this case, World War II). The hens suddenly get distracted from their egg laying when a handsome rooster named Frankie (who sings like Frank Sinatra) is heard singing outside. Frankie's renditions of "It Can't Be Wrong" by Dick Haymes and "As Time Goes By" (from Casablanca, 1942) causes all the hens to swoon.

Porky rushes to investigate. Soon, he is auditioning for a new crooner; those showing up are rooster caricatures of Nelson Eddy [2] ("Shortnin' Bread"), Al Jolson ("September in the Rain"), Jimmy Durante ("Lullaby of Broadway"), Cab Calloway ("Minnie the Moocher", "Blues in the Night"), and Bing Crosby ("When My Dream Boat Comes Home").[2]

Porky asks the Bing Crosby rooster (who introduced himself as "The Old Groaner") to be the crooner, provoking a competition with Frankie. Between the two of them, the overexcited hens' egg production is increased to a level beyond what Porky can handle, including a just-hatched hen chick laying an egg many times her own size.

Surveying literal hills and mountains of eggs all over his farm, Porky is impressed and asks the two roosters, "How did you ever m-m-make 'em lay all those eggs." The roosters demonstrate their technique by crooning at Porky, who lays a mountainful of eggs himself as a result.

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  • "Swooner Crooner" is the first Looney Tunes entry to be re-released into the Blue Ribbon program. It was re-released on February 12, 1949 with the original opening, credits, and closing titles replaced.
  • This is the only Blue Ribbon re-release as a Looney Tunes short to keep the original Porky Pig drum ending music. The original ending music was later replaced with the 1995 Turner print, which changed it to the 1941-55 rendition of Merrily We Roll Along, which the DVD sets use as the source of the soundtrack. Later Looney Tunes re-releases that originally had the Porky Pig drum ending would have their ending music changed to the 1941-55 rendition of Merrily We Roll Along by default.

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