Who's Who in the Zoo
|Who's Who in the Zoo|
|Looney Tunes (Porky Pig) series|
|Directed by||Norman McCabe|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Story by||Melvin Millar|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Carl Stalling, Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||John Carey
|Studio||Leon Schlesinger Productions|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||February 14, 1942|
|Color process||Black and White|
|Running time||7 minutes|
This is one of the cartoons that Warner would occasionally produce that featured few or none of its stable of characters, just a series of gags, usually based on outrageous stereotypes and plays on words, as a narrator (voiced by Robert C. Bruce) describes the action. This one is somewhat different in that Porky Pig (voiced by Mel Blanc as usual) appears, as the zookeeper of the "Azusa Zoo". Some excerpts:
- In a comic "triple", a timber wolf is shown, then a gray wolf, then a "Hollywood wolf" (a frequent reference in the 1940s WB cartoons).
- Other creatures include a "missing lynx", a "tortoise and the hair", "March hares" who march to a drumbeat, a down-on-his-luck "bum steer", an Indian elephant playing an American Indian, and a bald eagle wearing a toupee.
- There is also a running joke about a lion who is awaiting the arrival of the ice cream truck.
- An Alaskan Bear who's known for hugged his predator to death, picks up and starts hugging a little defenseless sheep. When the narrator told the bear to stop hugging the sheep, the sheep responded: "Oh, for goodness' sake, mind your own business!"
- Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, Owl Books, Henry Holt, 1989.
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