Baby Bottleneck

Bob Clampett

Baby Bottleneck is a 1945 Warner Brothers Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon short released in 1946 and directed by Bob Clampett and written by Warren Foster. In the short, there is a baby boom in the postwar US; an overworked stork (a clear Jimmy Durante reference) gets drunk in the ‘Stork Klub.’ A mix up results in babies getting sent to the wrong parents (such as a baby Hippopotamus to a Scottish Terrier).

To clear up the confusion, Porky Pig is brought in to manage the factory, with Daffy Duck as his assistant. The babies are seen going through a conveyor belt (to the tune of Raymond Scott’s famous ‘Powerhouse’) and getting sent by various animals, while Daffy mans the phones, making quick references to Bing Crosby, Eddie Cantor, and the Dionne Quintuplets.

When a stray egg is found without an address, Porky decides to have Daffy sit on it until it hatches. However, Daffy refuses to sit around on top of an egg. Porky chases Daffy around the factory (complete with an imitation of Porky by Daffy), until they wind up trapped on the conveyor belt. The belt stuffs both of them into one package (with Porky as the legs and Daffy as the top half) and sends them off to Africa, where a gorilla is waiting.

When the gorilla looks at the ‘baby,’ Porky peeks through the diaper, causing the gorilla to cry on the telephone, ‘Mr. Anthony, I have a problem!!’ (a reference to John J. Anthony, who conducted a daily radio advice program at the time called ‘The Goodwill Hour’; its stock phrase was ‘I have a problem, Mr. Anthony’).

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