"when the merry-go-round broke down?"
Porky Pig and Daffy Duck, 1943 Looney Tunes cartoon
Public DomainPorky Pig and Daffy Duck, 1943 Looney Tunes cartoon

Porky Pig bursting out of the drum
Public DomainPorky Pig bursting out of the drum
This is a reference to a popular song, “The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down,” written in 1937 by Cliff Friend and Dave Franklin. The plot of the song involves a young man and his date who get an opportunity to make out when the carnival ride they are on malfunctions and leaves them stuck together in a compartment.

The tune will be very familiar from Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, and Daffy Duck cartoons, because Warner Brothers adopted a speeded-up, jumpy version of it as the theme song for “Looney Tunes” cartoons between 1937 and 1969. You’ll hear a snatch of it during the opening titles and the “That’s all folks” end credits. The color image on the right, of Porky bursting out of a drum, closed nearly every Looney Tunes cartoon made between 1937 and 1946.