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Title Card "Red-Headed Baby"
Merrie Melodies (cartoon-specific opening / Piggy closing)
Released: December 26, 1931
Length: 6:41


Supervision by - Rudolf Ising
Drawn by - Rollin Hamilton, Max Maxwell
Musical Score by - Frank Marsales


Napoleon fights for his sweetheart in a toy shop that has come to life.


As a toymaker works on a doll, his clock signals that it's time for bed. After he's gone, the doll he had been working on comes to life and turns on the radio. The entire toy shop comes to life and starts dancing as the doll begins to sing the title tune. A toy Napoleon leading a group of toy soldiers comes across the doll and instantly falls in love. He joins her in singing the title tune, pausing momentarily to shoot a cork at a rowdy jack-in-the-box. At the conclusion of the song all the toys cheer, except for three hear/see/speak-no-evil monkeys. The doll does a seductive dance for Napoleon, who shouts "Snake Hips! Ahhhh!", snap his fingers, and says "Red-headed baby, you're simply divne!" High above, hanging from the ceiling, a six-legged spider looks down and says "Red-headed baby, you're going to be mine!". The spider lowers himself to the ground by cranking one of his legs, and gets into a sword fight with Napoleon. Napoleon sneaks up behind the spider and jabs his sword into the spider's behind. The fight continues, but Napoleon backs into some toy blocks and knocks himself out. "Is there a doctor in the audience?", asks the doll, right before the spider snatches her away. Napoleon revives and sees the spider clutching his sweetheart ("The lousy scoundrel!"), but cannot help because he's literally had the stuffing knocked out of him. He pulls himself to a steam whistle, where he uses the steam to fill himself up again. The spider hops on to a toy train and chases the doll across the tops of the cars. Napoleon tries to start a toy car but fails, then finds a rope and manages to snag the spider by the head. With his end of the rope attached to a toy duck on wheels, Napoleon follows the train as the spider is desperately trying to hold on. As the train goes into a tunnel the spider gets knocked off and grabs hold of a balloon, which floats him across several flaming candles. As he and the doll stand atop the halted train, Napoleon fires a cannon, sending a cork off to puncture the balloon. The balloon bursts, and the flaming spider falls as all the toys cheer. Napoleon pulls up a window shade to reval the doll and two black back-up singers, who reprise the title tune. All the toys dance, and even the toymaker in his bed is swaying to the beat. A teddy bear playing the trombone uses his instrument to whack the jack-in-the-box in the head, and the toymaker ends the cartoon by coming out of his room and yelling "Whoopee!"

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Video Availability:

VHS: Inside Termite Terrace, Vol. 2
Laserdisc: Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 3


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