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Dough for the Do-Do (1949)

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... See full summary »

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Porky Pig / Mystery Voice / Red Monster / Cuckoo / Dancer / Prisoner / The 'Rubber Band' / Bird on a Wheel / Information Clerk / The Do-Do (voice)
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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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3 September 1949 (USA)  »

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Taaloja Dodosta  »

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Trivia

The three headed creature seems to be based on or influenced by The Three Stooges. The left head has a black hair cut similar to Moe, the middle head is bald just like Curly and the right head has long strands similar to Larry. The three heads argue, punch and eye gouge each other just as the late Three Stooges character actors used to do. The reference to the creature's mother being scared by a pawnbroker's sign is a reference to an old folk belief that things which scare or startle a pregnant woman influence the characteristics of the child. It also could be a means of avoiding copyright infringement (the actual Stooges were stilll under contract to Columbia studios, as this was created). See more »

Goofs

The stated reward for the last dodo keeps changing. In the newspaper, the headline shows the dodo's value as $4,000,000,000,000 (four trillion). A secondary headline reads "P.S.: 000,000,000", boosting the price to four sextillion. When Porky disguises himself as another dodo, he claims to be worth "six trillion dollars". See more »

Quotes

Dodo: [chains Porky in a dodo disguise] I'm rich! I'm rich! I've got the last dodo! I've got the last dodo!
Porky Pig: Oh no you haven't!
[reveals himself]
Porky Pig: 'I-I'M rich! 'I-I'VE got the last dodo!
[after Porky runs with the dodo in the horizon, hundreds of dodos appear]
Dodos: Yes sir! He's got the last dodo! Hoot! Hoot! Hoot!
[iris out]
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Music by M.K. Jerome
Played when the airplane crosses Darkest Africa and lands
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Wonderfully wacky
7 September 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

It has been remarked upon in previous reviews that 'Dough for the Do-Do' is a remake of the classic 'Porky in Wackyland', or at least shares many similarities. This comparison is very much warranted, and somewhat inevitable too.

'Porky in Wackyland' is the superior cartoon, incredibly imaginative and a true original in every sense. Being a remake, but with differences, 'Dough for the Do-Do' does lack this originality. And it is understandable for anybody to think that Bob Clampett is more suited to the wacky, insane material and style than Fritz Freleng, something that Clampett is a master in and Freleng is comparatively more subdued visually, though with plenty of great use of expression and colour in his cartoons, but also rapid-fire, razor-sharp and hilariously witty at his best.

On the other hand, 'Dough for the Do-Do' is still so wonderfully weird and wacky that it doesn't feel pointless at all and at no point shows disrespect to the cartoon it takes inspiration from. It is also constantly hilarious, especially the brilliantly characterised dodo bird and the kooky and richly imaginative supporting characters, especially the three-headed monster. Porky is also very fun and likable, and it is true that he has more meat to him than usual. While the other characters are slightly more memorable and funnier, Porky is no less inferior.

The animation is superb, especially in the Dali-inspired stylised backgrounds that are rich in detail and never once look cheap. The rich colours and fluid movement also impress hugely. The music score matches the wild tone of the cartoon with boundless energy and character, while also being lushly and cleverly orchestrated. The impact of the gags are even elevated by the music.

Ever the enormously talented voice actor, with an unparalleled and envious ability to bring individual personalities and completely varied but distinctive voices to multiple characters, Mel Blanc constantly delights.

In conclusion, wonderfully wacky and a fine cartoon even if the cartoon it takes inspiration from is better. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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