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Porky's Ant (1941)

In Africa, Porky tries to catch a rare pygmy ant.

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Porky Pig / Inki the Pygmy (voice) (uncredited)
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In Africa, Porky tries to catch a rare pygmy ant.

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Sweet Georgia Brown
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Porky Pig and the pygmy
4 January 2018 | by See all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Chuck Jones deserved his status as one of animation's most legendary, greatest and most important directors/animators. He may have lacked the outrageousness and wild wackiness of Bob Clampett and Tex Avery, but the visual imagination, wit and what he did with some of the best-known and most iconic characters ever were just as special. 'Porky's Ant' may not be one of his best cartoons or see him on the most top of forms, but it is not one of the finding-his-feet quality of his earlier cartoons.

Porky is amusing and likeable, if slightly bland. Have always thought that, while a pretty decent lead character he fared better playing it straight paired with characters with funnier material and more interesting personalities, one of the strongest examples being Daffy Duck.

The story is basic and predictable, showing in some, but not all, of the pacing, which can be lively but on occasions momentum is lacking. Wittier and funnier material would have helped, with it showing at times that it was an early effort for Jones. 'Porky's Ant' is very amusing but is not hilarious or imaginative enough compared to Jones' later classics. Am aware that it is unfair to compare but it's hard not to.

Mel Blanc's voice acting as ever shows how amazing and multi-talented a voice actor he was, showing a knack for bringing an individuality and different personalities to every character he voiced (a vast majority of the time being multiple characters in the same cartoon.

Animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail. Jones does direct very solidly, and 'Porky's Ant' does have amusing and decently timed material that benefits from Blanc's impeccable voicing and comic timing. The pygmy is a fun supporting character.

Ever the master, Carl Stalling's music is typically superb. It is as always lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

Overall, pretty good but not great or outstanding. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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