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Busy Bakers
Busy bakers
Directed By: Ben Hardaway
Cal Dalton
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Henry Binder
Released: February 10, 1940
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Jack Miller
Animation: Richard Bickenbach
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
The Sportsmen Quartet
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Swenson the Town Baker
Blind Man Elf
Eldery Elf
Blind Beggar
Little Baker Men
Crossed-Eyed Elf
Colonna Elf
Preceded By: Mighty Hunters
Succeeded By: Ali-Baba Bound
Busy Bakers is a 1940 cartoon directed by Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton in their final cartoon together.


Swenson, the local town baker, is in trouble of going out of business. He has very little to offer a man who has arrived in his store, who wants nothing more than bread and crumbs. The baker offers him his last doughnut. The beggar says that the baker will be rewarded for his act of kindness.

In a thought-provoking (and hilarious) "twist," the blind man gathers a group of little baker men that he uses in order to help the baker. He returns during the night with the bakers, who make all kinds of goods, with a rube-Goldberg gag like way. The bakery is flooded with all sorts of people looking for food, and in the end the Baker becomes rich.


  • This is the final cartoon to be directed by Hardaway and Dalton, as Friz Freleng returned in 1939, so Hardaway was demoted to storyman. He left after being demoted and joined Walter Lantz.
  • Cal Dalton worked as an animator until 1947 after demotion when Freleng returned.
  • This cartoon is the latest released cartoon to be reissued in the 1945 season.


Since there is no DailyMotion video, there are segments of it on YouTube, minus the WB opening shield.



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