Busy Bakers
Directed By: Ben Hardaway
Cal Dalton
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Henry Binder (uncredited)
Released: February 10, 1940
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Jack Miller
Animation: Richard Bickenbach
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Swenson the Town Baker
Preceded By: Mighty Hunters
Succeeded By: Ali-Baba Bound
1940-02-10 Busy Bakers (MM)

1940-02-10 Busy Bakers (MM)

Busy Bakers

Busy Bakers

Busy Bakers is a 1940 Merrie Melodies short directed by Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton.


Swenson, the local town baker, is at risk of going out of business due to poor sales. 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 in a Rube Goldberg gag-like way. The bakery is soon flooded with all sorts of people looking to buy baked goods, and the Baker becomes rich.




  • This is a parody of the fairy tale "The Elves and the Shoemaker", albeit set in a bakery instead of a shoe shop.
  • This is the final cartoon to be directed by Hardaway and Dalton, as Friz Freleng returned in 1939. As a result, Hardaway was demoted back to storyman. He left after being demoted and joined Walter Lantz.
  • Despite the departure of Hardaway, Cal Dalton continued to work as an animator until 1947.
  • One of the bakers is a caricature of Henry Binder, while three others are based on the Marx Brothers. In addition, a caricature of Jerry Colonna appears among the bakers.
  • This is the latest released cartoon to be reissued in the 1945 season. What is more, this is the only 1940 Merrie Melodie to be reissued with the MCMXXXX copyright instead of MCMXL.
  • During the scene where all the bakers sing the song "The Happy, Slappy Little Baker Man" while quickly working on the baking of the baked goods, all of their singing voices are higher-pitched, implying that this song sequence has been sped-up during this cartoon's production.
  • The gag where one of the bakers opens a pumpkin straight from the can was previously used in "Cinderella Meets Fella" (1938) directed by Tex Avery two years prior.


External Links

Busy Bakers at the Big Cartoon Database

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