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You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Comedy | 18 May 1940 (USA)
Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to quit the cartoon biz and try his luck in the features. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to enter the studio.

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Daffy Duck convinces an unwilling Porky Pig to quit his job with Leon Schlesinger. Why be a cartoon actor, Daffy says, when you can be leading man opposite Bette Davis? Schlesinger lets Porky go, but he is confident Porky will be back. Porky's adventures begin when he tries to get past the guard at the studio gate. He manages it by disguising himself as Oliver Hardy, but he has more trouble ahead. Meanwhile, Daffy tries to convince Schlesinger that he should take over Porky's starring roles. Daffy's scheme backfires when Porky returns to get his old job back. Written by J. Spurlin

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Director Friz Freleng's first cartoon featuring Daffy Duck. It was a milestone in the character's development, introducing him as a vain, devious rival of the lead character (Porky Pig). Freleng and especially Chuck Jones would explore this side of Daffy more effectively in their Warner Bros. shorts of the 1950s. See more »

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Shadow of a camera can be seen on wall, while Porky Pig beats up Daffy Duck for revenge, off-screen, just after returning to Warner Brothers' animation studio and asks Leon Schlesinger of his contract. See more »

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[first lines]
Animator: Lunch!
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In the same frame as the opening WB shield, the copyright year (1940) is listed incorrectly as MCMXXXX, not MCMXL. See more »


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You Oughta Be in Pictures
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Music by Dana Suesse
Played during the opening credits and at the beginning
Also played when Daffy talks Porky into quitting
Played often throughout the picture
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Funniest integration of animation and live action ever
22 August 1999 | by (Silver Spring, MD) – See all my reviews

As part of his plan to eliminate the competition, Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to seek his fame and fortune in feature movies. After convincing producer Leon Schlesinger to tear up his contract, Porky heads out to a hollywood studio to look for a job, but all he finds is a lot of trouble.

The only animation seen in the film is Daffy, Porky, and Porky's car. This is not only unique for a Warner Brothers cartoon, it may at the time have been the most ambitious effort ever to combine animation with live action footage. Although extremely simple by today's standards, nothing done since can match the brilliant creativity and direction which makes this such a hilarious success.

The real strength of the film, however, is Porky. We might consider this the ultimate ensemble film, since Porky can only attain such incredible heights through the combination of efforts by Friz Freleng (director), Mel Blanc (voice), Jack Miller (writer) and Norman Cohen (animator). For 8 glorious minutes, Porky is every bit the comedic actor that Charlie Chaplin was at his very best.


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