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Fish Tales (1936)

Approved | | Family, Animation, Short | 23 May 1936 (USA)
Porky's going fishing, but his boat careens out of control. He finally settles in and quickly catches several fish, then falls asleep with his line in the water. While he sleeps, a fish ... See full summary »

Director:

Jack King
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joe Dougherty Joe Dougherty ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
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Porky's going fishing, but his boat careens out of control. He finally settles in and quickly catches several fish, then falls asleep with his line in the water. While he sleeps, a fish catches a dream version of Porky and takes him home to the fish's family. Porky narrowly escapes, but has run-ins with other marine life, only to awaken and throw his catch back. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 May 1936 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1968 by having every other frame traced over onto a cel. Each redrawn cel was painted in color and then photographed over a colored reproduction of each original background. Needless to say, the animation quality dropped considerably from the original version with this method. The cartoon was colorized again in 1992, this time with a computer adding color to a new print of the original black and white cartoon. This preserved the quality of the original animation. See more »

Soundtracks

L'Ouracan
(uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played during the entire wild boat ride
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Porky goes fishing
11 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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.

'Fish Tales' shows that, as to be expected, that Porky is a likable character and he is and also amusing, cute and interesting, though to me he works better in support against a stronger in personality character, where he plays it straight, than a lead. The fish characters are great support, giving fun and edge to agreed easily one of the best late 30s Porky cartoons where the atmosphere and fun were done so well for one to be bothered that much by the slightness of the story.

Joe Dougherty's voice for Porky has never really done it for me. It's not just because Mel Blanc's more famous interpretation is more appealing to me and fits better but Dougherty doesn't sound anywhere near as natural or endearing, have always found that he overdid the stutter and that's true here too.

On the other hand, the animation is characteristically great, especially in the first half, crisp, detailed and fluid throughout.

The music is not Carl Stalling or Scott Bradley and does lack variety at times, but it is still lush and characterful and adds a good deal to the action if not quite enhancing it.

Lots of fun moments throughout and the nightmarish atmosphere of the cartoon is handled very effectively, that alone making 'Fish Tales' more memorable than most Porky Pig cartoons made during the late 30s period.

In conclusion, fun and nightmarishly atmospheric. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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