Porky owns a bakery. A hungry fly stares in through the window, as a bee shows up and tells him he should just go for it. The bee enters and at first intimidates Porky; when Porky finally ... See full summary »

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Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
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Porky owns a bakery. A hungry fly stares in through the window, as a bee shows up and tells him he should just go for it. The bee enters and at first intimidates Porky; when Porky finally gets angry enough to try swatting the bee, the bee electrifies the flyswatter. The bee then coaches the fly: with a little help from the trash bin, the fly is soon disguised as a bee himself. But the costume falls off the first time the fly faces Porky, and the fly finds himself on the wrong end of the swatter. The bee returns for a dinner snack, only to find the angry fly wielding the swatter. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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17 January 1942 (USA)  »

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You Hit My Heart with a Bang
(uncredited)
Written by Al Goodhart, Edward G. Nelson and Harry Pease
Played when the bee first speaks to the fly
Also played when the bee makes his way through the cheese cakes
Also played when Porky chases the fly with the fly swatter
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A so-so Looney Tunes short, nothing special
21 August 2007 | by (Guelph, Ontario, Canada) – See all my reviews

This was one of the many old animated shorts from the '30s and '40s that I often used to watch on video at a very young age. Some of these were Looney Tunes shorts, including this one. Basically, I was entertained by all of the cartoons in those video collections at the time, but now, after watching a lot of them again, I can say that I'm still amused by some of them, and others not so much. "Porky's Pastry Pirates" is one of the latter.

A fly stands outside a bakery owned by Porky Pig. This fly is hungry, and looks in through the window at all the delicious food that Porky has made. A bee comes along and asks the fly why he doesn't just go in and eat if he's hungry. The reason why the fly won't do so is because he knows that if he tries to, Porky will chase him with his flyswatter. So, the bee decides that he will enter the bakery and demonstrate to the fly how to get food in there without Porky getting him with his flyswatter, while the fly watches from outside. Will the bee succeed? A better question is, will the fly succeed after the bee?!

The main problem with this cartoon is that it's simply not very funny. The last time I watched it, there was no part where I didn't keep a straight face. It doesn't have anything to make up for the lack of laughs, either. "Porky's Pastry Pirates" seems to be pretty rare now, and if you don't have it, you might have to search a bit to find it. Would the search be worth it? Well, maybe if you're a die-hard Porky Pig fan, or a die-hard fan of these old cartoons in general. For most others, however, it's probably not worth it.


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