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Porky's Garden (1937)

A small town agricultural fair is giving a prize for the largest home grown product. Porky sets to work planting a garden; his neighbor tries a feed mix for his chickens. But the chickens ... See full summary »

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Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Earle Hodgins ... Reducing Pills Huckster (voice) (uncredited)
Charles Judels ... Chicken Farmer (voice) (uncredited)
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A small town agricultural fair is giving a prize for the largest home grown product. Porky sets to work planting a garden; his neighbor tries a feed mix for his chickens. But the chickens won't eat the feed, so he sets them loose in Porky's garden (one eats some spinach and does a Popeye impression). Porky rescues a pumpkin that they missed and takes it to the fair. The neighbor's chickens eat a huckster's reducing pills on the way in, and just as they are winning first prize, reduce back to eggs, and Porky wins. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 September 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Puten puutarha See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The score quotes "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down". A month later, with the release of Rover's Rival (1937), "Merry-Go-Round" became the Looney Tunes theme song. See more »

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 »

Connections

References Popeye the Sailor (1933) See more »

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Animal Fair
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Played when the bulletin for the Podunk County Fair is shown
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Gardens and agriculture
31 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.

Tex Avery is a genius of animation, with his best cartoons being among the best there is. 'Porky's Garden' is a pretty good cartoon still, but it is very early Avery and it shows. In his prime (his 1940s MGM years) he was responsible for some hilarious, wonderfully wacky and visually inventive cartoons, in 'Porky's Garden' there is a sense that he had not yet found his feet and was still properly finding his style. He does a good job here, he just went on to much better things that's all.

'Porky's Garden' is pretty predictable and is more amusing than hilarious, it's well timed and are cohesive but slightly unimaginative. For Avery too it's pretty tame, while the supporting characters serve their point well but their personalities don't completely sparkle.

However, the voice acting is solid with Mel Blanc showing as ever why he was the infinitely more preferable voice for Porky and his multifaceted talents as a voice actor.

Animation, while not exactly inventive, is very good. It's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail.

Carl Stalling's music score as always is outstanding. It is as always lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

When it comes to the humour 'Porky's Garden' is amusing and well-timed, it's just not hilarious and somewhat tame by Avery and Looney Tunes standards. Porky is a very likeable lead character and has the presence and personality to justify why he is a lead, do think though that he is better playing it straight against characters with stronger and funnier personalities.

In conclusion, pretty good but by Avery standards it underwhelms a little. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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