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The history of Porky Pig is what this short featurette is all about.
It's part of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume One, and can be
viewed on disc two.
Porky was just one of the ensemble in early cartoon, just one of a group, but people liked him best. "He just stole that show," historian Jerry Beck points out. "They ended up making Porky the star of the (early) Looney Tunes."
From there, famous guys in the business like Tex Avery began doing Porky cartoons in the mid and late '30s, "many of them his best cartoons," according to film critic Leonard Maltin.
Anyway, there is a bunch of information packed in this short feature and all of it's pretty interesting.
This short three minute and 44 second featurette, which can be found as
an extra on Disc two of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1.
It's nothing more than a basic primer for the character of Porky Pig
made, I'm thinking, with an eye geared for newbies to the classical
Looney Tunes. It details how Porky first came to be so beloved today.
This is really REALLY basic stuff (the same can be said for pretty much
all the other Behind the Toons feauterettes that are on Volume 1,
fortunately the Behind the Tune features would get so much better
starting with the ones found on volume 2).
My Grade: C-
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
. . . where they bake all this stuff in beach sand pits and serve it with succulent bits of pork. Mel Blanc's son Noel says here that Porky Pig did NOT stutter. Rather, his dad voiced Warner Bros.' star porker as enunciating everything he said with grunts. To me, that kind of sounds like the greater of two evils (along the lines of saying, "No, fortunately the Pig Roast did NOT give me any heartburn; I just had a touch of projectile vomiting immediately afterward"). Film historian Leonard Maltin notes that Porky hogged all of the attention from his earliest days in the 1930s, but aged gracefully into a middle-aged Pig (sort of like Bills Cosby and Clinton). A confirmed bachelor, Porky showed little interest in swine and dining the fair sex. (However, there IS a story going around about a hog farmer in British Columbia, and how it took at least two dozen chicks to satisfy the voracious appetites of--but I digress.) Regardless of Porky's true orientation, he's proved himself to be a Pig for All Seasons (and seasonings, for that matter).
"Behind the Tunes: Porky Pig Roast - A Tribute to the World's Most
Famous Ham" was created for Disc 2 of the "Looney Tunes: Golden
Collection" DVD. The short documentary assumes that you know absolutely
nothing about filmdom's well-known stuttering swine; I already knew
most of what they discussed. I had never realized that Porky's stutter
was supposed to sound like oinking, or that Porky and Bugs didn't
co-star on account of their similar personalities.
So, it's mostly interesting - for me, at least - to see interviews with relatives of the cartoons' creators and Leonard Maltin. Worth seeing, if only once.
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