Who's Who in the Zoo

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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
I. Ellis
Vive Risto
Cal Dalton
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
Language English

Who's Who in the Zoo is a 1942 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Looney Tunes series. It was directed by Norman McCabe, story by Melvin Millar, musical direction by Carl Stalling.

Plot[edit]

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!"

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Sources[edit]

  • Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald, Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, Owl Books, Henry Holt, 1989.

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