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Porky hires on Gregory Grunt to watch over his chicken coop to stop the fox from raiding it. He falls asleep, and the fox fills his bag. But Grunt wakes up and confronts the fox who then ... See full summary »

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Dave Monahan (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Gregory Grunt / Fox (voice) (uncredited)
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Porky hires on Gregory Grunt to watch over his chicken coop to stop the fox from raiding it. He falls asleep, and the fox fills his bag. But Grunt wakes up and confronts the fox who then talks him into becoming his partner. As the fox is leaving, he locks himself into the incubator room by mistake. Porky hears the noise and comes running. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

30 November 1940 (USA) See more »

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Leon Schlesinger Studios See more »
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Mono

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1.37 : 1
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Connections

Featured in South Jersey Sam: Top 13 Best Foxes (2011) See more »

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Puddin' Head Jones
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Music by Lou Handman
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Chicken coop Porky
7 January 2018 | 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.

A relatively early cartoon from Friz Freleng featuring Porky Pig, 'Porky's Hired Hand', like as was said in my review for 'Porky's Pastry Pirates' (which has the same strengths and drawbacks, so there is a little reiteration here) is a decent, above average effort from him. But it is not one of his best in a period where he was not yet in his prime (the 50s which saw a number of classics and a stronger and more refined directing style) and not quite yet hit his stride.

He still directs very capably though, if not exactly refined or distinctive yet. Porky is likeable and amusing enough, if bland and underused compared to his opponents, here the bee is the most interesting and funniest character.

The story is basic and could have done with more energy in places.

Mel Blanc's voice acting, on the other hand, as ever shows how amazing and multi-talented a voice actor he was. Showing an unparalleled knack for bringing an individuality and different personalities to every character he voiced, a vast majority of the time being multiple characters in the same cartoon.

Animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail. There are a fair share of amusing and well times parts, though nothing quite hilarious. Enough of the energy is lively, just wish this was maintained all the way through. The fox was great fun as an opponent and works well with the others.

Ever the master, 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.

Overall, decent but both Porky and Freleng have done much better. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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