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Trap Happy Porky (1945)

Porky can't sleep because mice demolish his plates. A cat offers help and gets the mice out, but invites some friends so Porky still can't sleep.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story)
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Cast

Cast overview:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Mouse / Drunk Cats / Bulldog (voice)
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Storyline

Porky hires a resourceful cat to take care of the noisy mice disturbing his sleep, but the feline joins the mice in a drunken rendition of "On Moonlight Bay." To get rid of all of them, Porky hires a bulldog, who just happens to know the words to "When Irish Eyes are Smiling." Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 February 1945 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

El insomnio de Porky See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The mouse that robs the trap Porky sets out quotes Baby Snooks' line, "I'm only three and a half years old". However, as house mice are adults at an age of fifty days and have a lifespan of two to three years, a three and a half year old mouse would be a geriatric case. See more »

Goofs

During the mouse trap scene, when the mouse grabs the cheese, you can see crumbs. However, when the mouse is hit on the head with an olive, the crumbs vanish in a few frames. See more »

Alternate Versions

Some TV prints edit out scenes where the cats are drunk and sing "Moonlight Bay". See more »

Connections

Edited into Tweetie Pie (1947) See more »

Soundtracks

How Many Hearts Have You Broken (With Those Great Big Beautiful Eyes)
(uncredited)
Music by Al Kaufman
[Plays over the title cards.]
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If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!
24 July 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Leonard Maltin's description of Porky Pig on the back of a video release in the 1980s identified the cartoon world's most famous ham actor as "(not) as much an actor as a reactor." Of course, anyone who sees what sorts of individuals Porky has to confront can attest that the porker has little other choice. Chuck Jones's "Trap Happy Porky" works as an example. When some pesky mice keep Porky awake one night, he gets a cat to scare the obnoxious rodents out of the house. But sure enough, the felines become the new pests! And nothing's gonna stop them!

Most people will probably agree that Porky was funniest when facing off against Daffy Duck. But I see this cartoon as sort of a turning point for the stuttering swine. For much of Porky's first decade as a cartoon star, the Termite Terrace crowd cast him in very pedestrian roles trying to represent every part of life: farmer, bullfighter, even a pilgrim in one cartoon. But here we see him in his irascible form (with someone other than Daffy), the type of guy who seeks to deal with perceived irritations. Two years later, Jones cast Porky in "Little Orphan Airedale", his first teaming with intrusive canine Charlie Dog; I interpreted the cartoon as having the same gist as the Alan Bates movie "Le roi de coeurs" ("The King of Hearts"). A few years later, Jones started having Porky bring some order to Daffy's crazy miscast roles ("Drip-Along Daffy", "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century"); this brought Porky to his full potential.

Anyway, this is a worthwhile cartoon.


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