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Porky's Poor Fish (1940)

Porky Pig owns a fish store and goes out to lunch. After a cat is not having much success with a mouse, he goes into the fish store when Porky is away. When the cat thinks he has the good ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Cat / Whistling Mouse / Lunch Whistle / Turtle / Tuna (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky Pig owns a fish store and goes out to lunch. After a cat is not having much success with a mouse, he goes into the fish store when Porky is away. When the cat thinks he has the good appetite, the fish go to war against him and drive him out of the store. He is then freaked out by the mouse and shrinks as the mouse grows. Written by Russell Christiansen <russ@megsinet.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

27 April 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Looney Tunes: Porky's Poor Fish See more »

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Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Porky Pig: B-Boy, when it comes to eatin', I'm a r-r-regular pig.
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Crazy Credits

This Screen Play is an adaptation of the World Famous Book "Twenty Thousand Leaks Under the Ceiling". See more »

Connections

References The Shop Around the Corner (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Battle Music No. 9
(uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played when the eel bites the cat, the goldfish is rescued, and the cat is ejected from the shop
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Porky's second brush with the piscine world
4 March 2008 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

If you've seen most of Porky Pig's early cartoons, you've probably observed that they mostly put him in a series of black and white Looney Tunes* portraying various walks of life: bullfighter, pilgrim, firefighter, etc. Most of these cartoons consisted of rather corny - but still really funny - spot gags and word jokes. Bob Clampett's "Porky's Poor Fish" is a prime example. The plot has a street cat sneaking into Porky's fish store with the aim of turning the piscine inhabitants into lunch, only to see them go all Rambo on him. But most of the cartoon has stuff like "Twenty Thousand Leaks Under the Ceiling" and "Tiny Shrimps with Giant Mussels".

I probably speak for most Looney Tunes fans when I say that Clampett's best cartoons made heavy use of his penchant for contortionism. Examples include the iron lung in "The Daffy Doc", the garbage can in "A Corny Concerto", and any scene in "Porky in Wackyland" and "The Great Piggy Bank Robbery". I suspect that this one was a place holder. But still, it provided its fair share of laughs during its few minutes. Worth seeing.

PS: the first time that Porky Pig had a run-in with fishes was in 1936's rare "Fish Tales", in which he goes fishing and dreams that the fishes try to cook him. In 1940, he also starred in "The Sour Puss", featuring a piscine who behaves like Daffy Duck.

*At this time, the Looney Tunes were filmed in black and white and usually featured stars Porky and Daffy, while the Merrie Melodies were filmed in color and usually featured miscellaneous characters. After the Looney Tunes went color, the series became indistinguishable except for the opening songs.


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