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Swooner Crooner (1944)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 6 May 1944 (USA)
Porky Pig's egg farm faces production problems when a crooning rooster distracts the hens from their jobs.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Al Jolson Rooster (voice)
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Storyline

Hens are working in the "Flockheed Eggcraft Factory", laying eggs for the war effort until they get distracted by a rooster singing like Frank Sinatra. Porky, the supervisor, rushes to investigate. Soon, he's auditioning for a new crooner; among those showing up are caricatures of Al Jolson, 'Jimmy Durante' and Cab Calloway. He evetually gets to a Bing Crosby clone, who introduces himself as "The Old Groaner". Between the two of them, egg production is soon more than he can handle. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Merrie Melodies #6 (1943-1944 Season) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

The baritone rooster is frequently identified as a caricature of Vaughn Monroe. However, "Shortenin' Bread" was a big hit for Nelson Eddy not Monroe, making it more likely he was the intended target of the parody. See more »

Goofs

When Porky goes to stop the assembly line, the boxes on the conveyor belt disappear at the point where Porky was picking them up before. See more »

Crazy Credits

The closing scene, just before closing credits begin, Porky Pig asked 'Frank Sinatra (I)' & Bing Crosby, how they got his hens, to lay their large quantities of eggs, then Frank and Bing teamed together, their musical voices caused Porky Pig, as if he became a hen, to lay a big quantity of eggs, then the closing credits begin. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Hollywood Daffy (1946) See more »

Soundtracks

It Can't Be Wrong
(uncredited)
Music by Max Steiner
Lyrics by Kim Gannon
Sung by cartoon parody of Frank Sinatra
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Porky finally gets his day!
27 January 2014 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

Although Porky Pig appeared in almost 200 shorts and films, "Swooner Crooner" marks the only occasion where the pig got nominated for an Academy Award...and it lost.

Porky is operating a weird egg production factory filled with hens. However, when a crooner chicken (meant to be a parody of Frank Sinatra) shows up and sings, the hens stop working and jeopardize the farm. Considering it's during WWII and Porky is helping feed America and the troops, it's imperative that he gets the hens back to work instead of swooning as Frankie sings. So, Porky advertises to get is own crooner--and tries out some who are meant to parody Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Jimmy Durante and Cab Calloway. While the impersonations are clever, they aren't all that funny nor would many viewers recognize the singers. I do because I am an old movie freak! As for the ending, however, it's VERY funny as well as incredibly creepy! Of all the Oscar nominated animated shorts, this is probably the weakest that year. Worth seeing but I can understand why this one didn't win.


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