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"Baby Bottleneck" is a 1945 Warner Bothers cartoon (released in 1946) directed by Bob Clampett and written by Warren Foster. The cartoon features Daffy Duck and Porky Pig placed in charge of delivering babies when the overworked storks can't keep up with the demands of the baby boom. Things tend to go as they usually do.

"Baby Bottleneck" provides examples of:

  • Apple of Discord: The egg.
  • Ash Face: The dog after his first rocket explodes on him.
  • Bowdlerisation:
    • In the original cut of the scene with the baby crocodile trying to nurse from a sow, the sow tells the crocodile "Now don't touch that dial!", which the censors found too suggestive. However, the edit comes a few frames too late, leaving part of the shot in, to the confusion of the audience. Most TV versions cut it so that way the scene ends with the sow stopping the baby crocodile by pinning its tail to cover up the fact that a cut was made.
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    • Most versions of this cartoon shown on Cartoon Network and Boomerang cut the scene of the Jimmy Durante-esque stork who is literally drunken under the table and ranting about how the fathers get all the credit for delivering babies and the stork gets nothing.
  • Bungling Inventor: The dog that tries to pitch his detonating rocket transport to Porky.
  • The Cameo: Tweety Bird is seen on the belt.
  • Clothing Damage: Porky's clothes get shredded by some large gears on the conveyor belt, leaving him naked for the belt which diapers both him and Daffy.
  • Cranial Eruption: When Daffy tries to get out of the conveyor belt, the machine conks his head with hammer resulting to this, and covers it up with a bonnet.
  • Delivery Stork: In this case the storks get overworked and can't make any deliveries.
    • The dog makes a rocket stork which ends up delivering Daffy and Porky.
  • Deranged Animation: The entire short is crazy with it's animation, but the conveyor belt sequence especially stands out.
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  • Desperate Object Catch: The mother gorilla tries to catch Daffy and Porky falling into her crib, the fall so hard that they crash through the crib.
  • Disastrous Demonstration: The dog who demonstrates a rocket pack, which merely explodes on him when he activates it.
    Dog: Back to the drawing board! (leaves)
  • Elongating Arm Gag: Porky pulls on Daffy's leg until it stretches out like taffy. Daffy has to pull it back to normal by pulling on a hair on his head.
  • Misspelling Out Loud: "Sitting on eggs is out! O-W-T, out!"
  • Newhart Phonecall: Daffy answering calls for deliveries, which includes references to Eddie Cantor (whose shtick was being a father to several girls, but longing for a boy), Bing Crosby (known for his large brood) and the Dionne quintuplets. ("Mr. Dionne, please!")
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The drunken stork is a caricature of Jimmy Durante.
  • No Ending: The cartoon ends after the mother gorilla discovers Daffy and Porky in place of her baby.
  • No OSHA Compliance: The conveyor belt doesn't look really safe for babies, and it will diaper just about anyone in it.
  • Off-Model: The cartoon actually has a significant level of errors or oddities compared to standard Looney Tunes shorts: clothing disappears and reappears, elements are colored improperly; in cases such as the above shot, they don't even bother to draw a background. It tends to be treated more leniently by animation buffs since the animation itself is exceptionally fluid and entertaining.
  • Packed Hero: Daffy and Porky get stuffed in a single diaper, Daffy being the upper part, and Porky as the lower part.
  • Pelican Package Pouch: One of the animals delivering babies is a pelican with its bill stuffed with babies, and he is held up with a balloon on his tail, and a roller skate on his chin.
  • Removable Shell: When a baby turtle comes up to the diaper changer on the conveyor belt, it ponders what to do before getting the idea to take the turtle out of his shell, putting a diaper on him, then putting him back in his shell. Later on, when the turtle comes to the milk feeding device, it ends up filling his shell with milk, forcing the little turtle to bail his shell out while yelling incoherently at the machine.
  • Robotic Assembly Lines: Babies are rolled on a conveyor belt with robot hands that prepare them for delivery. Daffy and Porky get caught on it and the robots don't distinguish them from babies, and packs them as one baby.
  • Rubber Hose Limbs: Porky pulls on Daffy's leg until it stretches like taffy, leaving it a limp 10-yard-long appendage. Daffy sets it back to normal by pulling on a hair on top of his head.
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  • Written Sound Effect: When the dog's rocket explodes, the word "BOOM!" actually flashes on the screen.