Wacky Blackout

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Wacky Blackout
Looney Tunes series
Directed by Robert Clampett
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Warren Foster
Narrated by Mel Blanc
Voices by Mel Blanc
Sara Berner
Kent Rogers (all uncredited)
Music by Carl Stalling
Milt Franklyn (orchestrator) (uncredited)
Animation by Syd Sutherland
Rod Scribner (uncredited)
Studio Leon Schlesinger Studios
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release date(s) July 11, 1942 (USA)
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 8 minutes
Language English

Wacky Blackout is a 1942 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Looney Tunes series. It was directed by Bob Clampett, animated by Syd Sutherland and an uncredited Rod Scribner, and musical direction by Carl Stalling.

Plot synopsis[edit]

  • The cartoon starts at a farm, and a narrator (done by Mel Blanc) shows people how farmers being prepared for any emergency during the war. We see a farmer trying to put out a fire, and the narrator says that the farmer has trained his dog to put out fires. The narrator says that the dog is a "full-blooded spitz", as the dog puts out the fires by spitting.
  • The narrator then says that a cow has increased her production and she has given 5000 quarts of milk a day. The cow (voiced by Sara Berner) then says that they come in and take it from her, and cries. Meanwhile, a baby cow says, "What a performance.".
  • A turkey is eating food, and the narrator says that when the turkey reaches 20 pounds, they put him in the oven. The turkey then hears that, and goes to an exercising machine, reading a book on how to lose weight in 18 days.
  • As turtle eggs get ready to hatch, the narrator says that the turtles are born with a natural bombshell shelter on their backs. Two turtle eggs hatch, and the final one pops out of the shell, zooming around. The turtle stops, and says that he's a jeep, and continues zooming, laughing. The last turtle's beeping is similar to the Road Runner's beeping.
  • Back on the farm, a dog tries to ask his lover, Marie-Alana, something. The dog wishes there was a blackout. He sees a lightswitch, and yells "BLACKOUT!". After a short blackout, the dog has lipstick stains on his face, and he turns off the lights again, yelling "BLACKOUT!".
  • Glum caterpillars appear, as the narrator has no idea why they are glum. Just then, a happy caterpillar comes crawling on-screen. The caterpillar says that he's happy because he just got a retread. He laughs, and rolls off.
  • The narrator says that fireflies are gonna stage a practice blackout. The fireflies then turn off their lights. Meanwhile, the narrator tells a turtle to go into his shell because it's a blackout, but the turtle doesn't want to. The turtle then climbs into his shell, and the narrator asks him why he didn't want to go into his shell. The turtle then says that he's afraid of the dark. The narrator tells the fireflies that the blackout is over, and all the fireflies turn their lights back on... except for one. The firefly notices and asks the others who stole his bulb, and the one behind him gives his bulb back.
  • A mother bird is teaching her son how to fly. After she shows him an example, the bird says that he wants to be a dive bomber. The bird flies around, mimicking a plane engine, and the mother bird shrugs to the audience. The mother bird's son would be the appearance of Tweety in another Clampett cartoon, A Tale of Two Kitties.
  • The narrator says that the only living things to not be affected by the war are the famous swallows of Capistrano. The narrator also says that the birds return to a mission on a certain day each year. He also says that they are just in time for their return. Just then, a delivery person comes and says that there is a telegram for the audience. The message says (sung by the messenger to the tune of “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean”): "We are out over the ocean. We can't even get close to land. We can't fly to Capistrano, past the Fourth Interceptor Command. Signed, the Swallows".
  • Elderly carrier pigeons are in their home. The narrator says that they give their sons to the service during each war. Pa says, "Well, Ma...", then the two pigeons start singing "We did it before and we can do it again". Then, they watch their sons fly in the sky, heading to war.
  • A running gag in this cartoon is a woodpecker (voiced by Kent Rogers, doing a Red Skelton voice) pecking a cat named Old Tom's tail. In gag 5, he says that he pecked the cat's tail again. In the final gag, Old Tom says that he ate the woodpecker, and the woodpecker pecks through his stomach.

Cast[edit]

  • Mel Blanc as the Narrator, Baby Cow, Turkey, Turtle, Caterpillar, Firefly, Baby Bird, Delivery Person, Pa Pigeon, Old Tom
  • Sara Berner as the Cow, Mother Bird, Ma Pigeon
  • Kent Rogers as the Dog, the Woodpecker, the Turtle

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