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Porky and Teabiscuit (1939)

Porky Pig is sent out by his father with $11.00 spending money for help on the farm, unfortunately, he accidentally spends it on an auction, for a sickly, broken-down race horse known as ... See full summary »

Directors:

Cal Dalton, Ben Hardaway

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Porky's Poppa / Grandpa / Horse Trainers / Race Starter (voice) (uncredited)
Joe Twerp Joe Twerp ... Race Commentator (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky Pig is sent out by his father with $11.00 spending money for help on the farm, unfortunately, he accidentally spends it on an auction, for a sickly, broken-down race horse known as Tea Biscuit. Porky shapes him up for a race, although Tea Biscuit's attention is diverted to a trombone. However, a balloon pop assures that Porky wins with Tea Biscuit and gets the reward... Written by Russell Christiansen <russ@megsinet.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 April 1939 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Putte Possu ja polle See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Technical Specs

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The horse's name, Teabiscuit, is a play on that of Seabiscuit, a real-life thoroughbred racehorse, ungainly and mistreated in his early life, who was rehabilitated by an empathetic trainer and, by the time of this cartoon, had gone on to become a racing champion and a sentimental favorite of the American public. The cartoon's story is an affectionate screwball parody and celebration of Seabiscuit's rise to fame. 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

Referenced in WWE Raw: Episode #22.5 (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Western Scene
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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played during the first half of the race
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pretty much no one would have understand this for years
8 May 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Following his debut in the 1935 Merrie Melody "I Haven't Got a Hat", Porky Pig mostly starred in hokey Looney Tunes until the early 1940s (Chuck Jones's "Old Glory" may have been Porky's only cartoon during this period that constituted anything more than a series of childish gags; I think that it was also Porky's only appearance in Merrie Melody during this period).

"Porky and Teabiscuit" was one of the hokey ones. While it did follow the theme of casting Porky as the underdog, it doesn't have much clever. Not that it isn't worth seeing (there are a few neat gags). But I suspect that most people will agree that if Leon Schlesinger Productions hadn't started giving Porky roles with greater complexity, then that would have quickly been all for him, folks. This one is OK, not great.

PS: directors Cal Dalton and Ben Hardaway headed what had been Friz Freleng's unit. Freleng worked at MGM from 1937 to 1939, returning to Warner Bros. when MGM canceled the series that he had been directing. Ben Hardaway's nickname was Bugs, and he submitted a drawing of a rabbit titled "Bug's Bunny". You can probably guess what happened from there.


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