Bye, Bye Bluebeard
Merrie Melodies (Porky Pig) series
Directed by Arthur Davis
Produced by Edward Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Sid Marcus
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Basil Davidovich
J.C. Melendez
Don Williams
Emery Hawkins
Layouts by Don Smith
Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Running time 7 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Bye, Bye Bluebeard is a 1949 Warner Brothers cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series.

Plot

Porky Pig is eating large amounts of food to the rhythm of an exercise radio broadcast. A mouse then proceeds to sneak up and makes a sandwich out of Porky's finger. Porky then tries to drive the mouse off, but then he is suddenly startled by a radio announcement that killer Bluebeard is at large and Porky frantically bars and locks up his house. The mouse then decides to bully Porky by disguising himself as Bluebeard and threatening Porky until he offers him some food. As Porky is busy getting the mouse a drink, he is alerted by a radio newsflash that gives Bluebeard's height away as 6' 11. Porky then measures the rodent as 3 inches. Porky pursues the mouse with a meat cleaver. Then Porky pulls out the real Bluebeard by accident from under the table. While Porky is strapped to a rocket, the mouse pretends to be Bluebeard's conscience in the middle of his meal. The harassment then continues and ends with Bluebeard getting hit five times by the mouse with pies to the face in various containers. Meanwhile, Porky manages to stop the fuse on the rocket and Bluebeard builds a guillotine to kill Porky instead. Just as Porky is about to be executed by Bluebeard, the mouse decides to help Porky by tricking Bluebeard into eating some bombs. Bluebeard desperately tries to get rid of them but fails and he is blown to pieces. Then Porky is happily eating but with the mouse eating as well. The mouse then shows and pats his fat tummy.

Censorship

  • On Nickelodeon and the defunct WB! Network, the following edits were made:
    • The scene of Porky in the guillotine (after the mouse flips a coin to decide whether or not to save Porky), making the cartoon go from the mouse flipping the coin to decide whether or not he'll save Porky to the mouse ringing the dinner bell on the table and distracting Bluebeard from killing Porky. It should be noted that, though Porky being shown in the guillotine was cut, the scenes of Porky crying in terror as he's tied to the chair and watching Bluebeard construct the guillotine was left in.
    • The scene of Bluebeard rushing to Porky's medicine cabinet and mixing a myriad of pills and liquid medicine to stop the bombs from exploding in his stomach (which doesn't work as Bluebeard explodes before he can drink the mixture) is edited to make it look as if just eating the bomb popovers caused Bluebeard to explode.

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