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Porky's Hero Agency (1937)

Porky is reading the myth of the Greek gorgon, who turned everyone she looked at into stone. Mother tells him it's bed time; he dreams of being the hero that saves Greece, Porkyakarkus. The... See full summary »

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Robert Clampett
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Porky's Mother (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Emperor Jones (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... The Gorgon (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky is reading the myth of the Greek gorgon, who turned everyone she looked at into stone. Mother tells him it's bed time; he dreams of being the hero that saves Greece, Porkyakarkus. The Gorgon runs a photo studio; Porky sneaks in and grabs her life-restoring needle, saving civilization just before he wakes up. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name "Porkykarkus" is a reference to Parkyakarkas the Greek, a character played by Harry Einstein on the radio show "The Chase & Sanborn Hour" hosted by Eddie Cantor from 1931 through 1940. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the Emperor's fireside chat, the fireplace has no fire. In the next shot there is a fire, but only as a still image. For the rest of the scene the fire is fully animated. 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 The Emperor Jones (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Have You Got Any Castles, Baby?
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when Porky displays his prices and after he gets the telephone call
Also played during the Three Stooges sequence
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Dreaming of Wackyland
4 September 2008 | by bobliptonSee all my reviews

Bob Clampett, director of this cartoon, was one of the great cartoon directors that made Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies so great. His greatest strength was his ability to take images and ideas and stretch them endlessly and his great masterpiece, PORKY IN WACKYLAND is the great exemplar of that.

But here, in this short where Porky dreams of being an ancient Greek hero who fights the gorgon, we see that same sensibility. This is a riotous cartoon, full of puns both verbal and visual, and wild images. This would be, I feel, a great cartoon, except for one small flaw: it is all couched as a dream. But even with that, it is still excellent and a rarely seen cartoon. If you have a chance, don't miss it.


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