Porky Pig's Feat

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Porky Pig's Feat
Looney Tunes (Porky Pig/Daffy Duck) series
Directed by Frank Tashlin
Produced by Leon Schlesinger
Story by Melvin Millar
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Phil Monroe
Cal Dalton (uncredited)
Art Davis (uncredited)
Izzy Ellis (uncredited)
Studio Leon Schlesinger Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) July 17, 1943 (USA)
Color process Black-and-white
Running time 9 minutes
Language English

Porky Pig's Feat is a one-reel animated cartoon short subject in the Looney Tunes series, produced in black-and-white and released to theatres on July 17, 1943, by Warner Bros. Pictures. It was directed by Frank Tashlin with musical direction by Carl Stalling, and produced by Leon Schlesinger. Originally released in black-and-white, clips of a digitally colored version of the cartoon were seen in bonus features for the first two Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD box sets, before finally being issued in its original monochrome form on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3 DVD.

This cartoon was colorized in 1968 (just after Seven Arts Productions, successor to Guild Films, to whom the black-and-white cartoon library had been sold some time before, acquired Warner Bros.) by having every other frame traced over onto a cel.

Each redrawn cel was painted in color and then photographed over a colored reproduction of each original background. The animation quality dropped considerably from the original version with this method.

The cartoon was colorized again in 1990, this time with a computer adding color to a new print of the original black and white cartoon. This preserved the quality of the original animation (the end result also resembled the actual color cartoons released around the same time).

The title is a play on words, referring to "pigs feet."

This was the first Schlesinger cartoon directed by Tashlin after his return to the studio following a five-year absence for stints at the Disney and Screen Gems studios. It is also the only appearance of Bugs Bunny, and final appearance of Porky Pig, in a black-and-white cartoon.

Music[edit]

Porky Pig's Feat contains the first use of the music "Powerhouse" in a cartoon.[1] Composed by Raymond Scott, "Powerhouse" became iconic through its use in over forty Warner Bros. cartoons. We also hear "Blues in the Night" after Daffy loses the rent money gambling in the elevator.

Plot[edit]

The cartoon centers around Porky Pig and Daffy Duck's attempts to escape the Broken Arms Hotel manager without paying their bill (on which they are charged for every luxury, including breathing air, sunshine, and goodwill).

The hotel manager eventually gets the upper hand and locks them up in a hotel room until they pay up. Winter is approaching, and Daffy is beginning to lose his sanity. Porky (after writing "Porky Loves Petunia" amidst the graffiti on the wall) suggests they call Bugs Bunny for advice. Daffy concurs and calls Bug for advice. While on the phone, Bugs asks Daffy if he's tried various methods of escape, to which Daffy replies that he has. ("Yes, we tried all those ways.") The door to the next room opens up and Bugs is seen in shackles. He says, "Ahh, don't work, do they?"

The cartoon irises out, with the "Porky drum" ending.

Trivia[edit]

  • This was Bugs Bunny's first appearance in the Looney Tunes series.
  • This is the first cartoon where Bugs Bunny says "Eh, what's up duck?" instead of "Eh, what's up, doc?"
  • Despite this is Bugs Bunny's only black and white appearance, there was some black and white Looney Tunes commercials featuring Bugs Bunny in the 1960s.

Availability[edit]

This cartoon is found on Volume 3 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection.

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