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Shanghaied Shipmates (1936)

Porky and some of his fellow sailors are on shore leave in a bar. A pirate captain discovers that his own crew has jumped ship and forces everyone in the bar to become his crew. The captain... See full summary »

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Jack King
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Billy Bletcher ... Ship's Captain - Shipmate (voice) (uncredited)
Joe Dougherty Joe Dougherty ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
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Porky and some of his fellow sailors are on shore leave in a bar. A pirate captain discovers that his own crew has jumped ship and forces everyone in the bar to become his crew. The captain treats the crew badly, particularly denying them food (eating the meat off bones, then passing them only the bones). The crew mutinies after a week; the captain tries to fend them off with a cannon, but ends up sending himself into the explosives stores. They explode, and the captain ends up towing the crew on a raft. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 June 1936 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The title refers to the act of "Shanghai"-ing someone who is kidnapped and forced into servitude usually on an ocean going vessel that is very difficult to escape from while in mid-ocean. See more »

Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1995, with a computer adding color to a new print of the original black and white film. This process preserved the quality of the animation in the original cartoon. See more »

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The Sailor's Hornpipe
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Shanghaied Porky
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.

'Shanghaied Shipmates' 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 captain has the stronger personality and he is appropriately menacing without it being too overt. The two work very well together with some great tense conflict, particularly at the end with an inspired fight scene.

As far as the story goes it is pretty slight and, although this is personal preference and something not everyone will share, 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. Billy Bletcher, with one of the greatest and most distinctively booming villainous voices in "golden age" animation, is very good.

While not hilarious or of a large quantity, the gags are amusing and well timed. 'Shanghaied Shipmates' goes at a lively pace.

In short, pretty decent if not mind-blowing. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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