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Plane Dippy (1936)

Porky Pig joins the Army Air Corps. After overcoming the problems caused by his small stature and surviving the rigors of basic training, Porky gets his first assignment, as a janitor for ... See full summary »

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Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Billy Bletcher ... Sergeant / Inventor (voice) (uncredited)
Jack Carr Jack Carr ... Oliver Owl (voice) (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty Joe Dougherty ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Little Kitty (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky Pig joins the Army Air Corps. After overcoming the problems caused by his small stature and surviving the rigors of basic training, Porky gets his first assignment, as a janitor for the experimental "robot plane." When a boy standing in front of the command microphone for the robot plane starts to show off the tricks his dog can do, Porky's wild ride begins... Written by Jason A. Cormier

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 April 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

When I'd Yoo-Hoo in the Valley (to My Lulu in the Hills)
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Written by Henry Russell and Murray Martin
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Soars high to start, then dips a little
7 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.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best cartoons ever made from anybody. 'Plane Dippy' is a good cartoon, but not one of the best from either Avery or Porky Pig, both of them capable of very good to masterpiece. Then again, even when Avery was not at his best he was far better than most at their worst. The problem isn't that there is too much of a sense that he hadn't found his style, actually the first half is classic Avery.

'Plane Dippy' is instead fairly uneven. It is agreed that the first half is absolutely brilliant, being imaginatively drawn, immaculately timed and very funny. The momentum however for me did dip in the latter parts of 'Plane Dippy' where the timing was a mix of rushed and momentum-less and the material is generally not as inspired.

While most of the voice acting is fine, Billy Bletcher especially, count me in as somebody who has found that Joe Dougherty's Porky voice has never done it for me. It's not just because Mel Blanc's more famous interpretation is more appealing to me 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.

As far as the gags go, the standouts are the hay and the straw hats gag and the scene with the cloud. It can 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. Just personal preference.

In short, good if uneven cartoon. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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