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Brother Brat
Brother-Brat
Directed By: Frank Tashlin
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: July 15, 1944
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Melvin Millar
Animation: Art Davis
Cal Dalton (uncredited)
Izzy Ellis (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Bea Benaderet (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Porky Pig
Percy/Butch
Percy/Butch's Mom
Preceded By: Hare Ribbin'
Succeeded By: Hare Force
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Brother Brat  is a 1944 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin. The short subject features Porky Pig.

Plot

The narrator speaks over a montage about women heading out to help out the male soldiers fighting during World War II in works such as building, wielding, riveting, and making the war weapons such as guns, shells, tanks and planes to supply the needs of the WWII soldiers. In the process, strong women which the narrator describes as 'a new woman' and a 'superwoman' (with the latter description having a Superman-like woman accompanying the quote) were born, who had overcome all problems, obstacles, and difficulties....except for just one problem: who would take care of their children while they're working during the war.

Eventually, a mother (voiced by Bea Benaderet impersonating Cass Daley) hires a clueless Porky Pig to babysit her child while she works at the factory, giving him a Child Psychology book as a guide. Porky quickly finds out that the baby is a violent-tempered infant named Percy, though Percy names himself "Butch". Porky's first encounter with Percy/Butch doesn't start off quite well: when he is playing cards in the pram, he tells Porky off "LET'S NOT GET NOSEY, BUB!" and then pushes Porky away, and just as Porky gets to know his name, he mocks Porky's stutter, and drops an anvil on Porky's head, sending him multiple floors down into the basement. Porky, now stuck in the basement, reads the book's contents:

  • Give baby a cat and watch his little puss light up: Porky gives his unnamed pet cat for Percy/Butch to play with, however Percy/Butch scares the cat out of his wits, catches it, and starts jumping around it like a skipping rope. Shocked that he is committing animal abuse, Porky scolds him to let go of the cat, and he eventually (literally) lets go of the cat. The cat tries to walk away, but feels dizzy going in circles due to the aforementioned experience.
  • Next, Percy/Butch is reading a racy adult magazine known as Exquire Junior (a send-up on Esquire, a racy "adults-only" magazine). When Porky points out that Percy/Butch is too young to read such magazines, he bites Porky's finger twice, and Porky struggles to get him out of it. Half-way, Porky reads through the Child Psychology book's contents, "Not only will he eat your finger, a kid'll eat ivy too, wouldn't you?"
  • Eventually, Porky successfully gets Percy/Butch off his fingers, which sends the infant crashing into some pots and pans in the kitchen. Percy/Butch then declares "Of course you know, this means war!", launches into a Winston Churchill (see "Censorship" below) impression, complete with a V sign with his fingers while holding a cigar in the V sign, stating "We will fight until Hitler and his Nazi gangsters suffer disastrous, overwhelming and complete defeat!". From this point on, Percy/Butch starts violently chasing Porky around the house with a meat cleaver. Porky hides into another room, and skims through the book one last time; to a page saying "Do not hold a grudge - the kids ready to bury the hatchet". Just as Porky reads through the page, Percy/Butch almost strikes the cleaver right onto Porky head, nearly killing him.

Eventually, Porky gives up on the book since none of the book's contents are effective against Percy/Butch, and desperately tries to run for his life. At one point when Porky hides away, Percy/Butch re-encounters the cat which he previously used as a skipping rope, and starts giving the cat a chase with the cleaver, scaring the cat out of its wits.

Percy/Butch's mother returns home from work, and notices him chasing Porky and the cat around the house with a meat cleaver, and asks "What's the matter, Didn't you use the book?" which Porky replies that "Yeah, but it-it-it didn't work!". She then reveals that Porky didn't use the book right, implying that the book is for spanking the boy, not using it as a guide to understand Percy/Butch's developmental psychology, as revealed when she spanks the infant with the book, which she finds it more effective.

Availability

Censorship

  • When this cartoon aired on Cartoon Network, Boomerang and TNT in the USA, the scene in which Baby Percy impersonates Winston Churchill by saying "Of course you realize this means war" after he crashes into the kitchen was cut,[1] but Turner networks outside the USA left this scene intact.

Notes

  • Porky finds Butch, called "Percy" by his mother, reading Exquire Junior, a send-up on Esquire, which was considered quite racy then. The magazine pages shows infant girls (wearing only diapers) in sexualized poses.
  • After Butch emerges from a pile of pots and pans with a pot on his head, he launches into a Winston Churchill (see "Censorship" above) impression, stating "We will fight until Hitler and his Nazi gangsters suffer disastrous, overwhelming and complete defeat!" While delivering his Churchill speech, Butch gives the V sign with his fingers while holding a cigar in the V sign.
  • The mother works at "Blockheed", a parody of Lockheed.
  • When the mother first meets Porky, she asks if he wants her to help defeat the Axis Powers. In the question, she uses the word "Japs", a derogatory term for Japanese people used commonly during World War II. In his response, Porky mentions "Schickelgruber", referring to Adolf Hitler's original surname.
  • Porky wears pants in this cartoon, something he would never wear most of his other cartoons. A few other cartoons from the "classic" era where Porky wears pants include "Porky's Badtime Story" (1937), its color remake "Tick Tock Tuckered" (1944) and "Dime to Retire" (1955). Running gags throughout the 2011 spin-off series The Looney Tunes Show would have people ask Porky if he wasn't wearing pants.
  • It is most likely that this is first cartoon to have Porky's face without Daffy on the opening bullet-titles.
  • "Brother Brat" is the last Porky Pig cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin because he left the studio to direct live-action movies in 1945.
  • The cat's scream (voiced by Mel Blanc) heard when Percy/Butch attempts to kill the cat with a meat cleaver near the end of the cartoon is reused in some of Cartoon Network's Checkerboard Era bumpers in 1993 (specifically the end of the "Here's one more reason why you should have the Cartoon Network" bumpers which had the eyes popping out of the two 0s of the 1992 CN logo, as seen in "A Taste of Cartoon Network" 1993 VHS).[2] This aforementioned stock scream by Blanc is even reused in one scene from "Duck Amuck" (1953).
  • A 1986 Cartoon Festival VHS print with the altered a.a.p. opening titles similar to the ones seen at the start of Cartoon Festivals prints of "Daffy Doodles", "Hold the Lion, Please!" and "I Taw a Putty Tat" does exist, but however it does not appear on any of the USA releases of the Viddy-Oh! For Kids Cartoon Festivals VHS collection: instead it only appears in one of the non-USA releases of the VHS collection, which also includes the Cartoon Festivals print of "My Little Buckeroo" on the same international VHS release.[3]
  • The copyright was renewed on 1971.

References

External links

Porky Pig Cartoons
1935 I Haven't Got a HatGold Diggers of '49
1936 Plane DippyAlpine AnticsThe Phantom ShipBoom BoomThe Blow OutWestward WhoaFish TalesShanghaied ShipmatesPorky's PetPorky the Rain-MakerPorky's Poultry PlantPorky's Moving DayMilk and MoneyLittle Beau PorkyThe Village SmithyPorky in the North WoodsBoulevardier from the Bronx
1937 Porky the WrestlerPorky's Road RacePicador PorkyPorky's RomancePorky's Duck HuntPorky and GabbyPorky's BuildingPorky's Super ServicePorky's Badtime StoryPorky's RailroadGet Rich Quick PorkyPorky's GardenRover's RivalThe Case of the Stuttering PigPorky's Double TroublePorky's Hero Agency
1938 Porky's PoppaPorky at the CrocaderoWhat Price PorkyPorky's Phoney ExpressPorky's Five & TenPorky's Hare HuntInjun TroublePorky the FiremanPorky's PartyPorky's Spring PlantingPorky & DaffyWholly SmokePorky in WackylandPorky's Naughty NephewPorky in EgyptThe Daffy DocPorky the Gob
1939 The Lone Stranger and PorkyIt's an Ill WindPorky's Tire TroublePorky's Movie MysteryChicken JittersPorky and TeabiscuitKristopher Kolumbus Jr.Polar PalsScalp TroubleOld GloryPorky's PicnicWise QuacksPorky's HotelJeepers CreepersNaughty NeighborsPied Piper PorkyPorky the Giant KillerThe Film Fan
1940 Porky's Last StandAfrica SqueaksAli-Baba BoundPilgrim PorkySlap Happy PappyPorky's Poor FishYou Ought to Be in PicturesThe Chewin' BruinPorky's Baseball BroadcastPatient PorkyCalling Dr. PorkyPrehistoric PorkyThe Sour PussPorky's Hired HandThe Timid Toreador
1941 Porky's Snooze ReelPorky's Bear FactsPorky's PreviewPorky's AntA Coy DecoyPorky's Prize PonyMeet John DoughboyWe, the Animals - Squeak!The Henpecked DuckNotes to YouRobinson Crusoe Jr.Porky's Midnight MatineePorky's Pooch
1942 Porky's Pastry PiratesWho's Who in the ZooPorky's CafeMy Favorite Duck
1943 Confusions of a Nutzy SpyYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatA Corny Concerto
1944 Tom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredSwooner CroonerDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyBrother Brat
1945 Trap Happy PorkyWagon Heels
1946 Baby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesKitty KorneredThe Great Piggy Bank RobberyMouse Menace
1947 One Meat BrawlLittle Orphan Airedale
1948 Daffy Duck Slept HereNothing but the ToothThe Pest That Came to DinnerRiff Raffy DaffyScaredy Cat
1949 Awful OrphanPorky ChopsPaying the PiperDaffy Duck HuntCurtain RazorOften an OrphanDough for the Do-DoBye, Bye Bluebeard
1950 Boobs in the WoodsThe Scarlet PumpernickelAn Egg ScrambleGolden YeggsThe DuckstersDog Collared
1951 The Wearing of the GrinDrip-Along DaffyThe Prize Pest
1952 Thumb FunCracked QuackFool Coverage
1953 Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
1954 Claws for AlarmMy Little Duckaroo
1955 Jumpin' JupiterDime to Retire
1956 Rocket SquadDeduce, You Say
1957 Boston Quackie
1958 Robin Hood Daffy
1959 China Jones
1961 Daffy's Inn Trouble
1965 Corn on the Cop
1966 Mucho Locos
1980 Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
1996 Superior Duck
2004 My Generation G...G... Gap

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