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Little Orphan Airedale (1947)

In his never-ending quest for the good life, pushy mongrel Charlie attempts to ingratiate himself with his unwilling "master," Porky Pig.

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... Porky Pig / Charlie Dog / Rags McMutt / City Geek (voice)
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Charlie Dog, looking for a good home and some easy living, thinks he's found the perfect sap in Porky Pig. He tries to ingratiate himself with the pig, all the way avoiding Porky's attempts to get rid of the dead-beat dog. Written by Mike Konczewski

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While looking for prospective masters, Charlie imitates several passersby. The second one, a man with sleepy eyes and big lips, is a caricature of Mel Blanc. See more »

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References What Price Glory (1926) See more »

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Home Sweet Home
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aka "There's No Place Like Home"
Music by H.R. Bishop
Played when Charlie walks into the box
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Porky's Little Orphan
9 February 2018 | by See 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.

Chuck Jones deserved, and still does deserve, his status as one of animation's most legendary, greatest and most important directors/animators. He may have lacked the outrageousness and wild wackiness of Bob Clampett and Tex Avery, but the visual imagination, wit and what he did with some of the best-known and most iconic characters ever were just as special. He has definitely done far superior cartoons than 'Little Orphan Airedale', but it is an enjoyable cartoon and indicative enough of why Jones was revered as much as he was and still is.

Porky is always watchable and is an immensely likeable "playing it straight" character. He is somewhat bland here though in 'Little Orphan Airedale' and his material is not exactly funny or memorable.

The pace does lack zip and energy at the start and 'Little Orphan Airedale' doesn't properly start engaging until the conflict starts.

However, as pretty much always for Jones, 'Little Orphan Airedale' is beautifully animated. It's fluid in movement, crisp in shading, vibrant and atmospheric in colour and very meticulous in detail. Jones does direct very solidly.

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. The use of pre-existing music is inspired.

While not always hilarious, the gags are wittily paced and very amusing and the dialogue similarly entertains hugely. Charlie Dog is the funnier and more interesting character than Porky and feels more of a lead, his antics deliciously wacky in pure Jones style. Rags is similarly likeable. Mel Blanc's voice work is typically bravura and immensely versatile.

Overall, good. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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