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Merrie Melodies was the sister series to Looney Tunes that ran from 1931 to 1969, starting off as cartoons based on whatever songs were popular in the day. Early characters exclusive to the series included Foxy, Piggy and Goopy Geer, and since the 1940's it would primarily include Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn or Tweety Bird, though it would also include characters like Daffy Duck on certain occasions.

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It's Got Me Again! (1932)

A mouse breathes air into his stomach when he and several other mice play the flute.

I Love a Parade (1932)

The siamese twin pigs balloon up when one inhales a cigar and deflating when the other breathes out the smoke. A dog swallows a drum.

The Coo-Coo Nut Grove (1936)

In this cartoon featuring caricatures of famous celebrities at the time, pig Laurel and monkey Hardy switch weights from drinking out of the same coconut.

Pigs is Pigs (1937)

Piggy Hamhock is a glutton who is hungry so many times that his mother cannot approve. One morning, he visits the house of an old man who has plenty of food prepared for him. Little is Piggy aware that this man is a mad scientist who has prepared all kinds of force-feeding contraptions, all part of a machine called the Feed-A-Matic which are a soup-making machine, banana machine, olive machine, ice cream machine, a big sandwich and a pie machine. The scientist finishes when Piggy is fat enough, letting him free. Just as he waddles over to the door, Piggy is still hungry, so he tastes a drumstick and blows up like a bomb. Luckily, it all turns out to be a nightmare. This short was parodied in episodes of The Gumby Show and The Simpsons.

Ain't We Got Fun (1937)

A mouse gains weight instantly after nibbling his way through a loaf of bread.

Have You Got Any Castles? (1938)

In one of the "books coming to life" shorts, a caricature of William Powell as Nick Charles steps out of a copy of The Thin Man and turns around, revealing that he is literally thin. He steps into the White House Cook Book and comes out looking normal, but turns around and is not so thin anymore.

The Night Watchman (1938)

A few Hoodlum Mice nibble on anything that gets in their way, getting fatter with each snack, a mouse accidentally shoots a banana into an already plump mouse's throat, and a mouse gulps all the olives in a jar, getting himself stuck.

A Day at the Zoo (1939)

After Egghead (the prototype of Elmer Fudd) keeps pestering a lion, the lion is seen at the end with a full stomach, clearly having eaten him.

Rookie Revue (1941)

 Wabbit Twouble (1941)

Bugs inflates while imitating Egghead.

The Bug Parade (1941)

When the wasp is showcased, she stands up and struts like a human lady, only to have her corset snap and reveal her actual weight.

Foney Fables (1942)

Eatin' on the Cuff Or, The Moth Who Came to Dinner (1942)

The moth appears stuffed after eating every item of clothing he can handle.

The Fifth Column Mouse (1943)

The Cat enslaves the group of mice. While being pampered with food, he appears bloated. It soon becomes clear that the mice are next on the menu.

The Weakly Reporter (1944)

Slightly Daffy (1944)

Daffy accidentally digests bullets, causing him to get a potbelly. He then crashes into a pole, causing him to inflate and spit out bullets. After he thinks he's done, he trips on a rock and inflates again.

Odor-able Kitty (1945)

A smelly cat is bloated after disguising as a skunk to rob a butchers.

The Unruly Hare (1945)

Elmer sees a forest fire in his telescope (actually just a lit match held up by Bugs) and panics. Bugs (dressed as a firefighter) sprays water into Elmer's mouth.

Fresh Airedale (1945)

Shep, who the cat refuses to believe is the "perfect dog", appears anorexic at first until he gets his fill, and remains clearly full for the first half of the short.

The Rattled Rooster (1948)

A worm inflates a rooster via a bike pump after the rooster bites an empty balloon, thinking it is a worm.

Holiday for Drumsticks (1949)

Daffy Duck meets a turkey who is being fattened by hillbillies for Thanksgiving dinner and tells him to lose weight so that he can eat all the food. Daffy has put on the amount of weight the turkey lost, the turkey now as thin as a string, and the hillbillies go after him instead of the turkey.

Mouse Wreckers (1949)

One of Hubie and Bertie's attempts to scare Claude out of the house is inflating him with bellows and sending him flying and bouncing off the walls, waking him up and making him toss his catnip out the window.

Bye, Bye Bluebeard (1949)

When Porky and the mouse have won the battle against the real Bluebeard, Porky allows the mouse to eat at his house, with the mouse revealing and patting a very stuffed belly hidden by the table cloth.

Hurdy-Gurdy Hare (1950)

On the run from the gorilla, Bugs stops on a ledge to show him a trick, which involves inflating himself with his finger, and sees if the gorilla can do the same. The gorilla does, and flies off the ledge.

Chow Hound (1951)

When the bulldog has collected his reward and purchased a butcher shop, he later ends up at a "dog and cat hospital", where he has grown overweight and immobile from too much meat. When the doctors have left, what follows could be considered unsettling; the cat who worked for him, after so many punishments, speaks for the first time, as he slithers, "This time, we didn't forget the gravy." His mouse friend jumps onto the bulldog's chest and shoves a funnel into his mouth as he whimpers "no" several times times only to have the cat pour a large can of gravy into the funnel as the cartoon irises out.

Cheese Chasers (1951)

Hubie and Bertie are stuffed with cheese during a raid at the Hunka Cheese factory, and from this point on they have gained not only weight but suicidal tendencies.

Beanstalk Bunny (1955)

When Bugs escapes from Elmer's castle, he runs into a gigantic carrot garden. Later that night, he is seen resting with a large belly under the remains of a giant carrot.

Hawaiian Aye Aye (1964)

A shark named Sharkey attacks Sylvester who is trying to cross on an inflatable raft. Sharkey bites into the raft and inflates from the air going into him.


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