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One Meat Brawl is a 1947 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson.

Title

The title is a parody of the 1944 song "One Meatball", even though the plot has nothing to do with meatballs.

Plot

In the forest, a burrow is inhabited by a groundhog named Grover. Today is Groundhog's Day, and Grover Groundhog is ready to make his appearance. He turns on the radio, positions his lamp and sings his song. Then his shadow does its acrobatics act and Grover applauds. That when the radio announcer talks about Groundhog's Day and everybody gathering around for the appearance of Grover Groundhog. Grover steps out, happy to meet his "fans", only to find that his "fans" are really hunters, and the "cameras" are really rifles. This was around the time of meat shortage and high priced meats even though most wartime rationing on food has ended following the end of World War II; Grover even exclaims that this meat shortage is tough on the animals.

Porky Pig and his dog Mandrake have different plans for Grover. Porky wants Grover to complete his stuffed animal collection. Mandrake wastes no time in finding Grover even after a tiny mishap of bringing back a shoe. Grover scares Mandrake, Mandrake identifies him and Grover did a little Take or Leave It act. The chase is on but before Mandrake could catch him, Grover shames the dog and tells him a sad story, which the groundhog admits to the audience "Dogs are suckers for sob stories".

Porky shows up but before he could shoot Grover, Mandrake stops him and growls at him. Grover even whacks Porky on the knees with a plank. Porky quickly snaps him out of it and puts earmuffs on Mandrake so that he wouldn't let Grover trick him again. But Grover is one step ahead of them and wires the earmuffs to a microphone and continues to tell the sad story. Porky again relents but not before Grover escapes. Now Porky starts to shame Mandrake and Mandrake does a suicide attempt by pointing a gun against his head. Turns out, that gun is a harmless water pistol. Porky then gives Mandrake one more chance and send him off again.

Grover sees Mandrake coming and sets up a "Free Food" display, with him and a bone as the choices. It took Mandrake a few seconds to make a choice but he eventually makes it. Porky shows up and gets knocked out hearing Mandrake eating something. Porky realizes that Mandrake ate the groundhog, shames him again and starts to tell that same sad story with Grover whispering it to Porky's ear. But Mandrake spots the truth and shows Porky the groundhog. Grover escapes again, but not before saying "I'm only 3½ years old." Porky corners Grover in a pail, but somehow the bullets missed him entirely. Grover then runs back to his home and his two advisories are right behind him although Mandrake briefly blocks Porky's entrance but Porky pushes him to the side, goes in and Mandrake follows.

Then a big fight ensues, but it is really their shadows doing the fighting. Porky explains that shadow boxing is to make sure nobody gets hurt.

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Notes

  • Grower Groundhog's personality is similar to that of Bugs Bunny, and the entire cartoon's scenario in general plays out like a typical Bugs Bunny/Elmer Fudd cartoon, with Porky Pig in Elmer's role, Grower Groundhog in Bugs' role, and Mandrake (Barnyard Dawg) in a role similar to Elmer's hunting dogs.
  • The working title was "Grover Groundhog".[2]
  • This cartoon marks Barnyard Dawg's first appearance outside a Foghorn Leghorn cartoon. He would reappear in three more non-Foghorn cartoons after this: "Daffy Duck Hunt" (1949) once again as Porky's dimwitted hunting dog, "Don't Axe Me" (1958) once again facing off Daffy Duck, but this time his owner is Elmer Fudd, and "Gopher Broke" (1958) where he faces off the Goofy Gophers.
    • Although, "Birth of a Notion" and "A Bone for a Bone" however do not count because those two shorts use the likeness of the character in terms of name (such in the case of "A Bone for a Bone", which uses a different-looking dog with Barnyard's name George P. Dog) or physical appearance (such as in the case of "The Birth of a Notion", which uses a dog resembling Barnyard Dawg but with brown fur and different voice known as Leopold).
  • According to Cartoon Research, the song "Chittlin' Switch" played over the original titles.[2]
  • A brief snippet of the a.a.p. intro music can be heard on early copies of the USA dubbed version, which air on Cartoon Network. In later copies of the USA dubbed version (much like the one on the Looney Tunes Super Stars' Porky & Friends: Hilarious Ham DVD) as well as the EU dubbed version, the a.a.p. intro music is cleanly omitted from the soundtrack, and the short plays as normal. This means that an old a.a.p. print was used as the footage source for the short's "dubbed version", since back in 1994 Turner did not have access to the short's original negatives which were stored in the WB vaults, and had to rely on only what was available at the time.
    • The European dubbed print has red borders while the American dubbed print has no borders.[3]
  • It is the last Barnyard Dawg cartoon to be restored; all of his cartoons have now been restored.

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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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