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The Pilgrims, led by captain Porky Pig, set sail from Plymouth for America. We get a series of ocean sailing blackout gags, including a running bit between our narrator and the cook, ... See full summary »

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Porky Pig - Cook / Crow's Nest Sailor / Native-American (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce ...
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Thurl Ravenscroft ...
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The Pilgrims, led by captain Porky Pig, set sail from Plymouth for America. We get a series of ocean sailing blackout gags, including a running bit between our narrator and the cook, looking for a fish suitable for dinner, a singing trio interrupted by seasickness, flying fish (in airplanes). Then, The Rains Came. A collision with an iceberg is narrowly averted. Land is sighted. The pilgrims are welcomed by Chief Sitting Bull. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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In the initial credits, the year 1940 is represented with MCMXXXX incorrectly; Roman Numerals for 1940 are: MCMXL. See more »

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An Example Of Why Early '40s Couldn't Match Other Periods In Cartoons
14 November 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

After watching hundreds and hundreds of classic-era cartoons in the past year, I find the 1930s to be wild and totally unpredictable and the mid '40s through the '50s to be wacky and very inventive. It's the period in between - 1940-44 - where they aren't as good, as a whole. This cartoon is a good example. The music is very dated and the humor too corny but most people to laugh at much, at least in 2007. You also get narration, which is great in feature films but doesn't come off well most of the times in a 7-minute animated short. A man would say something very serious and then, as to break things up, you'd see a quick sight gag on the serious subject. Most of the time it comes across kind of lame, unless that's what the audiences laughed at 70 years ago.

Here, we get, as the graphics tell us: "The time: 1620 "The place: Plymouth, Eng. A quaint little seaport town of a thousand souls.....and a few heels."

We see the Mayflower and the narrator, as they liked to do in a number of classic-era cartoons, explains what is going on in dramatic terms. For example: "Here we see the good ship Mayflower, ready to carry to the New World its cargo of hopeful pilgrims, each anxious to carve a great empire out of the wilderness across the sea."

From that point, Porky Pig emerges from the ship and the cartoon begins. Shortly thereafter we get a dated song about sailing on a ship and throughout the cartoon the narrator explains what "Captain Porky Pig" is doing and how the voyage goes. The humor in here is strictly 1940, very dated and very corny, like the narration. That's not to say all was bad; there were some laughs, but not many.


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