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Porky's Building (1937)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 19 June 1937 (USA)
Porky and another contractor are competing to submit the lower bid for a new city hall. When they submit identical bids, the city has them compete, whichever finishes first gets the job.

Director:

Frank Tashlin (as Frank Tash)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Billy Bletcher ... Dirty Digg (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Little Rabbit (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Building contractors Porky Pig and Dirty Diggs are in a bidding war for the deal to build the new town hall. When both offer the same low bid (down to the penny), the city's mayor declares that both contractors will build their buildings...and whoever finishes first will get the contract. Written by Jason A. Cormier

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1995, with a computer adding color to a new print of the original black and white cartoon. This preserved the quality of the original animation. See more »

Soundtracks

Let's Put Our Heads Together
(uncredited)
Music by Harold Arlen
Played briefly when the crowd gathers around the dynamite and the dog crawls out
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Bidding for the city hall
25 December 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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's Building' is towards the better half of the late 30s Porky Pig cartoons, if not quite among his very finest overall. Frank Tashlin does a nice job directing, and the whole of 'Porky's Building' is very well made and never less than amusing (though not all of the gags have the freshness they should) it is lacking a little in Chuck Jones' witty visual characterisation and Bob Clampett's razor sharp wit and anarchy. Porky is a likeable lead and an amusing one, and he has a strong character to work with in Dirty Digg.

Mel Blanc is outstanding as always. He always was the infinitely more preferable voice for Porky, Joe Dougherty never clicked with me, and he proves it in 'Porky's Building'. Blanc shows an unequalled versatility and ability to bring an individual personality to every one of his multiple characters in a vast majority of his work, there is no wonder why he was in such high demand as a voice actor. One mustn't overlook Billy Bletcher, who is a perfect match.

The animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail. The story may be predictable, but it's beautifully paced with never a dull moment and strongly structured.

Carl Stalling's music is typically outstanding. It is as always lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

In summary, very good. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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