Gone Batty is a 1954 Looney Tunes cartoon by Robert Mckimson.
It's the Baseball Championship between the heavily favored surly and husky Greenville Goons, and the smaller and meek Sweetwater Shnooks. The bigger Goons easily bully around the Shnooks both in and out of the game, knocking several of their players out of the game, and building a ridiculous 167-0 lead. All hope seems lost for the Shnooks.
In a desperate move, the Shnooks' manager calls upon the team mascot Bobo, a small baby elephant to finish the game. Can Bobo pull off the win?
This cartoon contains examples of:
- Animal Athlete Loophole: The Goons protest Bobo playing the game for the Shnooks, but the Umpire says that there is no rule in the Baseball rulebook that says an elephant can't play.Umpire: There's nothing in the rulebook that says an elephant can't pitch! NOW PLAY BALL!
- Artistic License Sports: The game should've been called after the first inning, but there is apparently no mercy rule.
- Dick Dastardly Stops to Cheat: The Greenville Goons play dirty by any means necessary, even when it isn't needed.
- Expy: The Greenville Goons are clearly one for the Gas House Gorillas from Baseball Bugs (1946). A group of husky, cigar-smoking bullies who serve as the antagonists of the short.
- Godzilla Threshold: Down 167-0 in the ninth inning and all of your players knocked out? Yeah, send in the mascot. It can't possibly get any worse.
- Gory Discretion Shot: The Goon catcher beats a Shnook with the bat when he slides into home plate to get him "out". When the umpire says he isn't "out", the Goon delivers a solid shot to finish the job...Umpire: Oooh. Now he's out...
- Hoist by His Own Petard:
- The Goon pitcher and catcher try to thwart Bobo by rigging the baseball with an explosive. Bobo smartly avoids hitting the ball, causing the catcher to get blasted instead.
- The Goons pull out a bazooka to fire a flurry of pitches at Bobo to get him out, but the little guy hits all of them, sending them all into the outfield, screwing up the Goons' outfielders, and driving in a metric ton of runs for the Shnooks.
- Literal Metaphor:
- A Goon batter brags about "clearing the bench". He does it literally by deliberately hitting the ball at the Shnooks' bench and knocking out several players at once.
- In the last scene, the Shnooks' team owner praises Bobo's amazing skill as a ball player, the Manager comments that the best part is that Bobo "works for peanuts". Cue Bobo enjoying a mound of literal peanuts as the short ends.
- Miracle Rally: What Bobo attempts to do for the Sweetwater Shnooks. He actually pulls it off.
- Opposing Sports Team: The Greenville Goons.
- Put Me In, Coach!: Subverted. The shy and nervous Bobo really doesn't want to go in and play, but the Manager really doesn't have a choice.
- Ridiculously Cute Critter: Bobo is a very cute baby elephant.
- Sequel Episode: To Mckimson's "Hobo Bobo" (1948), Bobo The Elephant's debut short where he ends up a batboy for the baseball team. Here in this he gets a much more satisfactory ending.
- Unnecessary Roughness: The merciless Goons go to all lengths to win the game, attacking the Shnooks players, and even threatening and attacking the Umpires to get calls to go their way.