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Porky the Gob (1938)

A battleship, manned mainly by dogs (and Porky), and whose captain sounds rather like Yosemite Sam, sets sail. When the crew threatens to get to the mess hall before the captain, he orders ... See full summary »

Directors:

Cal Dalton, Ben Hardaway

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)
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Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Captain / Sailors (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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A battleship, manned mainly by dogs (and Porky), and whose captain sounds rather like Yosemite Sam, sets sail. When the crew threatens to get to the mess hall before the captain, he orders them to halt (and they do, some in mid-air). The ship gets a radio message of a reward for capturing the pirate submarine. The crew sets out in planes to go looking, leaving Porky behind. Naturally, the sub comes after the ship, and defense is up to Porky. He manages to repel the boarding party and winches the sub onboard with a plunger. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 1938 (USA) See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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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 »

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Traffic
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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
[Plays when the ship captain is woken up by the ocean waves. Also plays when a sailor gets a code message.]
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Porky joins the Navy
11 June 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna and Barbera and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more now through young adult eyes, thanks to broader knowledge and taste and more interest in animation styles and various studios and directors.

Porky Pig, while with a tendency to be overshadowed by funnier and more interesting adversaries or supporting characters, is still a likable and amusing character. 'Porky the Gob' is not one of his best cartoons but is decent enough and passes the time amiably. It would have fared better with either Bob Clampett, Friz Freleng or Chuck Jones directing, even when they were not at their best their visual and humour styles were distinctive whereas the direction here is competent enough if not exceptional.

The second half is better than the first half in 'Porky the Gob'. The second half is where 'Porky the Gob' really does come to life, with the wildness, insane looniness, imagination and razor-sharp wit one expects, being hugely entertaining and thrilling. The first half is less good, the pacing doesn't have the lustre as seen later on and the song at the start is near-irrelevant. Porky is likable enough if also a bit bland.

Animation on the other hand is great. The black and white colours are lovingly done, the drawing is fluid and smooth and the backgrounds have some very nice detail. The music score by Carl Stalling is bursting with lively character, beautiful orchestration, clever instrumentation and an unmatched ability to enhance the action and elevate material to a greater level.

While stronger in the second half, 'Porky the Gob' is fun and witty enough and Mel Blanc as ever does a fantastic job with the voice work in multiple roles, all given completely different identities and voices from one another.

On the whole, not one of my favourites and somewhat uneven but still worth watching. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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