Africa Squeaks

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Africa Squeaks
Looney Tunes (Porky Pig) series
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Directed by Robert Clampett
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Narrated by Robert C. Bruce (uncredited)
Voices by Mel Blanc
Robert C. Bruce (both uncredited)
Music by Carl W. Stalling
Animation by John Carey
Dave Hoffman
Uncredited:
Izzy Ellis
Norman McCabe
Vive Risto
Studio Leon Schlesinger Studios
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, Inc.
Release date(s) January 27, 1940 (USA)
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 8 minutes
Language English

Africa Squeaks is a 1940 American animated cartoon in the Looney Tunes series starring Porky Pig. It was directed by Bob Clampett, animated by John Carey, Dave Hoffman, Izzy Ellis, Norman McCabe, and Vive Risto, and musical direction by Carl Stalling. The cartoon is the parody of the movie Stanley and Livingstone starring Spencer Tracy and Cedric Hardwicke. The title parodies the 1930 documentary Africa Speaks!

Plot synopsis[edit]

The narrator introduces the audience to Africa. The journey begins at the heart of Darkest Africa. Porky Pig is leading a group of African people as they sing, carrying items. Then, during their song, they sing "We don't know where we're going, but we're going!". Meanwhile, a sign says, "Welcome to Africa Lions Club". Then, Porky and the Africans approach a sour-pussed caricature of Spencer Tracy named Stanley. Stanley presumes that Porky is Dr. Livingstone, but Porky tells him his name. Stanley shrugs and lets Porky and the Africans continue marching.

The narrator tells the audience that during their journey, they saw interesting specimen of wild life. An ostrich has put his head under a hole. Underground, the ostrich is actually sleeping on a pillow.

Meanwhile, two lions are eating bones of their prey. The second lion gets a columba, and together, the two lions grab the ends of the bone. The lion says "Make a wish", and after breaking the bone, they continue eating.

High in the tree tops, a mother monkey is taking her baby for a fresh breath of air. The mother is using her tail to swing as her baby is in a carriage.

Meanwhile, emerging out of the grass comes out a gorilla, and it turns around, it reveals to be a caricature of Tony Galento, with a beer, saying that he'll "murder the bum".

A native is seen hunting for food to "put meat on the table". Just then, it reveals that the native is playing a carnival-related game to win a ham. The person in charge (with Mel Blanc's imitation of Rochester from The Jack Benny Program) gives the native a ham to put meat on the table.

Later, it has turned into night time, the narrator says that at night, the African jungle is filled with silence, but noises start being heard. A tired Porky pops his head out of his tent, and yells to the animals "QUIET!", and goes back to sleep. Meanwhile, Stanley is still looking for Dr. Livingstone. He looks in a mother kangaroo's pouch, only to be honked on the nose by her baby.

The next day, the Africans and Porky are resuming their marching. A tree has a poster that is a re-election poster for "King of the Jungle".

Meanwhile, the explorers come upon a very unusual situation. A cat kicks an elephant out of her house, and until he can pay his rent, she'll be keeping his trunk. Then the elephant, now without his trunk, starts crying and says that his trunk has all his stuff in it.

A vulture is looking for food to get. He sees three baby deer who wandered away from their mother. The vulture starts charging at them, and the deer run into a shade of grass. Just then, the grass lowers, as the deer use "Air Raid" on the vulture. They shoot down the vulture, and the deer laugh in a villainous manner.

Back with Porky, a little African native is running, yelling "Two arms!", and random gibberish. He points to the village, as the narrator says that the boy says that the villagers has spotted a strange white man in the village. Porky then drags Stanley over to the village, as the narrator says that his journey is finally over. Stanley presumes that the white man is Dr. Livingstone. The white man reveals himself to be "Cake-Icer", as he is a teacher for students for musical knowledge (a reference to Kay Kyser). He asks the students if he's right, and then a monkey comes out of Stanley's hat saying "Yeah!" many times. Cake-Icer wants everyone to dance, and music starts with an elephant using his trunk like a tuba. Everybody starts dancing, including two fat Africans.

The narrator says that after a long day, they decide to return home. Then, Porky and Africans start running, as the Africans are singing a different song this time. The narrator says his farewell to Africa, and then the actual continent waves goodbye.

Cast[edit]

  • Mel Blanc as Porky Pig, Stanley, Cake-Icer, Africans, Lion, Cat, Elephant, Africa, Galento Gorilla, Deer, Carnival African, Kangaroo
  • Robert C. Bruce as the Narrator

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Censorship[edit]

When aired on Nickelodeon, all scenes involving Porky encountering the native Africans were removed from this cartoon.

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