Porky in Wackyland

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Porky in Wackyland is a 1938 animated short film in which Porky Pig goes hunting through a surreal Salvador Dalí-esque landscape to find the Do-Do Bird. In 1994 it was voted #8 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.

Credits[edit]

The voices are by Mel Blanc. The short was directed by Robert "Bob" Clampett. Izzy Ellis and Norman McCabe were the credited animators. Carl Stalling directed the music. Leon Schlesinger and an uncredited Ray Katz produced the cartoon.

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Similar shots from Porky in Wackyland (left) and Dough for the Do-Do (right)

The film is celebrated for its surreal humor, such as when Porky is chasing the bird, it disappears and suddenly the Warner Brothers shield emerges from the horizon's vanishing point, as it typically did at every cartoon's beginning, and complete with the standard stretched "boing" of the steel guitar. The Do-Do comes from behind the shield to bop Porky on the head and we see the shield immediately turn to return to the horizon with the bird riding it there (with, consequently, the boing sound played in reverse).

Among the crazy characters Porky encounters is a creature with three heads arguing amongst themselves. From the haircuts on the three heads, it is clear that this is a parody of The Three Stooges. The character then faces the camera and leans into it in such a way that their round heads form a triangle, and a small character explains to the audience that, "He says his mother was scared by a pawnbroker's sign!"

The long pan through Wackyland, as well as several other scenes, was remade in color by Clampett for inclusion in his 1943 short Tin Pan Alley Cats. A Cinecolor remake of Porky in Wackyland was supervised by Friz Freleng in 1949. This remake was called Dough for the Do-Do.

References[edit]

  • Beck, Jerry and Friedwald, Will (1989): Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Company.

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