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Batty Baseball (1944)

A series of visual gags about baseball. One running gag has an angry fan screaming "Kill the ump!" Be careful what you wish for.....

Director:

Tex Avery
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Pinto Colvig ... Pitcher (voice) (uncredited)
Wally Maher Wally Maher ... First Ballplayer (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Mather Jack Mather ... Baseball Player (voice) (uncredited)
John Wald John Wald ... Narrator (uncredited)
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Storyline

It's the first game in the baseball series between the Yankee Doodlers and the Draft Dodgers. The pitcher uses the variety of equipment and a variety of pitches to thwart the opposing batters, resulting in an unusual game of baseball that often resembles things other than baseball. The crowd is generally happy with the outcome, except one fan who blames everything on the umpire. The team in the field may use one trick too many which results in a sad ending. Written by Huggo

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1944 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Screwball Baseball See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

This is the only cartoon from MGM that doesn't open with the MGM lion. It is also the only MGM cartoon that gives the credits at two separate times - the title, which credits director Tex Avery like most of MGM's shorts do, at the beginning, and the rest after about 35 seconds. See more »

Quotes

Announcer: The players are taking their positions...
[where all baseball positions behind the pitcher should be are "A1" signs]
Announcer: Oops! Forgot about the war. Oh, well, we still have our pitcher.
[the pitcher's shirt is marked "4F" on the back]
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Crazy Credits

The main credits (including the MGM lion) don't appear until a character asks to see them. See more »

Connections

Referenced in MGM Parade: Episode #1.3 (1955) See more »

Soundtracks

Dance of the Comedians
(uncredited)
from "The Bartered Bride"
Music by Bedrich Smetana
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The Yankee Doodlers versus The Draft Dodgers.
12 May 2015 | by SpikeopathSee all my reviews

A wonderful little toon brought to us by Tex Avery and Fred Quimby. Basically it's an extended sequence of a cartoon pitcher pitching to various over sized cartoon batsmen, complete with wry narrations. Each pitch comes with a visual gag (love that curve ball), while the names of the teams and the name of the stadium also bring mirth to the party. You don't have to be a fan of baseball to enjoy this splendid piece of animation.

Music is by Scott Bradley, animation by Ray Abrams, Preston Blair, Ed Love and Claude Smith, and voices are provided by Wally Maher and Pinto Colvig. Batty Baseball can be found as an extra on the Region One DVD release of James Stewart's The Stratton Story. 8/10


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