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Porky's Super Service (1937)

Porky owns a full-service gas station; he deals with a wide variety of problems, like a bump that migrates to different parts of the car. But his real nemesis is a supposedly sleeping baby ... See full summary »

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Ub Iwerks
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Elvia Allman ... Lady Motorist (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Dave Weber Dave Weber ... Brat (voice) (uncredited)
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Porky owns a full-service gas station; he deals with a wide variety of problems, like a bump that migrates to different parts of the car. But his real nemesis is a supposedly sleeping baby in a car whose tire needs changing; in fact, the baby is wide awake and a real brat. Both Porky and the brat end up covered in grease; the irate mother drives off, but the child has tied a pump to a tire, which ends up pulling the whole station into the ground. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 July 1937 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

La estación de servicio de Porky See more »

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Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Soundtracks

'Cause My Baby Says It's So
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Played when the mother is reprimanding Porky
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Not quite super, but a very good service
30 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.

Directed by Ub Iwerks, with animation by Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones, 'Porky's Super Service' is very good and a lot of fun. It is always interesting to see Porky in his early years, but that is not usually the only reason to see his early cartoons, even if he went on to do much better things. It is not the most inventive of concepts (not a problem really) and the kid's brattiness is taken a little too far at times (is a problem).

Mel Blanc is outstanding as always however. He always was the infinitely more preferable voice for Porky, Joe Dougherty never clicked with me, and he proves it in 'Porky's Super Service'. Blanc shows an unequalled versatility and ability to bring an individual personality to every one of his multiple characters in a vast majority of his work, there is no wonder why he was in such high demand as a voice actor.

The animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail. Clampett and Jones bring characteristic visual imagination and wit. The story may be predictable, but it's beautifully paced with never a dull moment and strongly structured.

Writing is witty and never less than amusing. Likewise with the sight gags, which are peppered throughout with little sense of unsettlement. Porky is a likeable and amusing lead and his chemistry with the kid is a large part of the kid's appeal. Despite the kid's brattiness, many of the laughs do revolve around being ahead of Porky for much of the time and Porky struggling to keep up

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

In summation, not an animated masterpiece but with a lot of very good things. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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