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Porky in Wackyland (1938)

Porky Pig goes on a hunt to catch the surreally elusive last Do-Do bird.

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Porky ventures into Darkest Africa in search of the last Do-Do bird, and winds up in Wackyland, a surreal place where the sun comes up atop a human pyramid, the Warner Brothers shield comes zooming from the sky, and populated by creatures such as a three-headed Larry Moe and Curly beast. The Do-Do finally appears, to great fanfare, and eludes Porky by pulling out a pencil and drawing himself a door. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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24 September 1938 (USA)  »

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Pippi i kubik  »

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In animation historian Jerry Beck's 1994 poll of animators, film historians and directors, this cartoon was rated the eighth greatest cartoon of all time. See more »

Goofs

When Porky bumps into the Goin' Up! door, look closely. He suddenly gains a band-aid. In the shot where the Do-Do appears with the WB shield, the band-aid is gone. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Newspaper Boy: Extra, extra! Read all about it! Porky off on Dodo hunt!
[throws newspaper at the camera]
Newspaper Boy: Paper, mister?
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Crazy Credits

A paper boy walks onto the title card and thrusts the newspaper with Porky in the front page into the camera, covering the entire screen. After enough time for the audience to read the headline, the camera dissolves to Porky in his plane. See more »


Soundtracks

William Tell Overture
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Music by Gioachino Rossini
Played when the sun rises
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The Definitive, Quintessential Looney Tunes Short.
5 April 2017 | by See all my reviews

I'm not quite sure how I first came across this, but I think I might have first seen it at least as a clip in which Porky encounters the Dodo (now known as Yoyo Dodo, as he would be named over three quarters of a century later in the video game, Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal). Or I might have actually seen the whole thing when Looney Tunes used to be aired on Nickelodeon. Anyway, as something included in the top ten of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of All Time book and deemed culturally significant by the U.S. Library of Congress, and preserved in the National Film Registry, I can see why. It truly deserves to have its places in those. I find this to be not only one of the most fascinating Warner Bros. cartoons, Looney Tune or Merrie Melody, but also the best from representing the Golden Age of American Animation. It's also a favorite for me, both by Warner Bros. and out of any Golden Era American cartoons in general.

This may be just one of, if not the Looniest Looney Tune ever made, because of how fast-paced it can get for one, that defines it and is what at the quintessence. One of the wackiest or zaniest. Yoyo Dodo is one of the Looniest Looney Tune characters who is reminiscent of the very early Daffy Duck, but a lesser, underused one as well and one of my favorites. Ironically, Yoyo's son Gogo Dodo from Tiny Toon Adventures would get many more appearances in that series. It's also ironic that whereas Wackyland is located somewhere in the vicinity of the Sudan in Africa here, it's instead within Acme Acres in Tiny Toons. For me, the concept of this is one of the greatest ever conceived. Porky heading to a bizarre place in Africa where he encounters the bizarre denizens while searching for Yoyo before attempting the catch him for a large bounty. Mel Blanc did well as always voicing multiple characters. Carl Stalling's score is great. Despite rubber hose animation soon becoming less common and dropped in favor of the more realistic approach around the time this came out, it still has the former kind of animation such as when Yoyo stretches his neck as he gets back all up in Porky's face. Yoyo is a hoot and I wish there were more done with him. Everything about this is great, if anyone can overlook the minor black stereotype/caricature of the Al Jonson duck. I have no idea what one of the other reviewers here was talking about when mentioning that like Wile E. Coyote failing to capture the Road Runner, Porky fails the catch Yoyo when he actually does towards the end. Is he sure he was watching the same short as others have? As for whether I find this or the colorized remake, Dough For The Do-Do, to be better, I'm partial to both. I read that there was a supposedly a computer-colorized version of this short that aired on Nickelodeon. I'd like to see that too. For as long as I had been watching Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies growing up, I've known of the name Robert "Bob" Clampett among others for the longest reading the opening credits in each of the shorts I saw, but at the time, I didn't know anything about differences in the various directors' styles or who did what in what way, or what distinguishes them from one another. As for the reviewer who says nay to this, whatever. Don't listen to him. For those who may be reading about this and are new to the short, I say go for it, I highly recommend it. I love it. The surrealism sums up everything about this side of Looney Tunes's humor in a nutshell. Full of great moments.


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