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Porky Chops (1949)

Lumber jack Porky Pig intrudes upon the peace of a hipster squirrel vacationing in the Northwoods by trying to chop down the squirrel's tree. The squirrel retaliates by enclosing the base ... See full summary »

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Lumber jack Porky Pig intrudes upon the peace of a hipster squirrel vacationing in the Northwoods by trying to chop down the squirrel's tree. The squirrel retaliates by enclosing the base of his tree with steel so that Porky's axes cannot penetrate. The ensuing conflict between Porky and the squirrel awakens an angry bear. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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"Porky Chops" is available on Blu-ray, fully restored in high definition, in Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One. See more »

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Squirrel's zoot-suit chain disappears and reappears between shots. See more »

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Featured in Behind the Tunes: Blanc Expressions (2003) See more »

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Piggy Wiggy Woo
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Written by Abel Baer, Paul Cunningham and Ira Schuster
[Plays over the title cards.]
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Needed more chops but fun
5 December 2017 | 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.

'Porky Chops' is a long way from being among the best Porky Pig cartoons, he's done better before and since particularly in supporting roles when pitted off against a stronger character, or among the best work of underrated Arthur Davis (being in the shadow of the likes of Chuck Jones, Friz Freleng, Tex Avery and Bob Clampett and having nowhere near as long a career, which is sad). It seems to have divided reviewers and it is not hard to see why, it could have been better and needed more to it but it is a long way from a mess.

The story is a pretty slight and obvious one, and doesn't always have the madcap energy of the best cartoons. Porky is likable and amusing enough but somewhat bland in a role that could easily have been filled by Elmer.

In terms of the humour, 'Porky Chops' is more amusing than it is hilarious.

However, the animation is excellent. Beautifully drawn, very detailed and the colours are vibrant, complete with some great expressions and Davis' distinctive style of the characters moving from foreground to background.

Carl Stalling's music score is typically lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms, it's also beautifully synchronised with the action and gestures/expressions and even enhances the impact.

Although not hilarious, 'Porky Chops' amuses and entertains with some nice wit and good timing. The squirrel is a lot of fun with a personality that's lively, cute and anarchic. The ever versatile Mel Blanc's voice acting is stellar.

Overall, quite good fun though won't blow anybody away. 7/10 Bethany Cox


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