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Porky the Wrestler (1937)

Porky, along with everyone else, is hitchhiking to the big wrestling match. He gets a ride from the challenger, but at the arena, Porky is mistaken for the challenger and gets thrown into ... See full summary »

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Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Joe Dougherty Joe Dougherty ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky, along with everyone else, is hitchhiking to the big wrestling match. He gets a ride from the challenger, but at the arena, Porky is mistaken for the challenger and gets thrown into the ring. The champ is making mincemeat of Porky when Porky crawls out and has the champ tying himself in knots, then swallowing a spectator's pipe and doing a steam locomotive impression. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 January 1937 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

Puddin' Head Jones
(uncredited)
Music by Lou Handman
Played during the opening credits
Also played when Porky is hitchhiking
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Wrestling time with Porky Pig
12 November 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. 'Porky the Wrestler', like 'Milk and Money', is considered by me not just one of Avery's best Porky Pig cartoons but also one of Porky's better early efforts and Avery's better early ones in general. Sometimes during this period there was the sense that he had not yet found his feet, 'Milk and Money' is an example of an early cartoon of his where his distinctive style can be found all over.

'Porky the Wrestler' is also a cartoon where the relative slightness of the story can be completely overlooked because of the hilarity and brilliant timing of the gags, immaculate pacing and Avery's wild wackiness being apparent throughout and used to full advantage. The setting is done to truly imaginative effects, the excitement and danger of the sport handled well.

Animation is characteristically great, crisp, detailed and fluid, the black and white holds up well. Carl Stalling once again provides an outstanding score, it is lush, energetic and characterful, with clever orchestration and a mastery of not just adding to the action but enhancing it as well (Stalling was a near-unequalled master at this).

It can be expected that Porky is a likable character and he is, though to me he works better in support against a stronger in personality character, while he plays it straight, than a lead.

The only issue for me is Joe Dougherty's voice work as Porky, 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.

Concluding, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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