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Porky's Hero Agency (1937)

Porky is reading the myth of the Greek gorgon, who turned everyone she looked at into stone. Mother tells him it's bed time; he dreams of being the hero that saves Greece, Porkyakarkus. The... See full summary »

Director:

Robert Clampett
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Porky's Mother (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Emperor Jones (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... The Gorgon (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky is reading the myth of the Greek gorgon, who turned everyone she looked at into stone. Mother tells him it's bed time; he dreams of being the hero that saves Greece, Porkyakarkus. The Gorgon runs a photo studio; Porky sneaks in and grabs her life-restoring needle, saving civilization just before he wakes up. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The name "Porkykarkus" is a reference to Parkyakarkas the Greek, a character played by Harry Einstein on the radio show "The Chase & Sanborn Hour" hosted by Eddie Cantor from 1931 through 1940. See more »

Goofs

At the beginning of the Emperor's fireside chat, the fireplace has no fire. In the next shot there is a fire, but only as a still image. For the rest of the scene the fire is fully animated. See more »

Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1968 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. Needless to say, the animation quality dropped considerably from the original version with this method. The cartoon was colorized again in 1992, 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. See more »

Connections

References Popeye the Sailor (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

Love Is on the Air Tonight
(uncredited)
Music by Richard A. Whiting
Played when Porky flies off after meeting with the emperor
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Porky and the gorgon
30 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.

Another early effort for Bob Clampett and Porky Pig, while not among the best of either 'Porky's Hero Agency' is one of Porky's better early cartoons and it is also testament to Clampett's genius. Am not a fan of the type of ending used here, it often feels especially if the cartoon has so much imagination in the bulk of it somewhat of a cheat. Felt that way with this ending, but knew it was inevitable considering the basic story and its framework.

Mel Blanc is outstanding as always however. He always was the infinitely more preferable voice for Porky, Joe Dougherty never clicked with me, and he proves it in 'Porky's Hero Agency'. 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. Sara Berner and Tedd Pierce are also strong.

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.

Clampett's unmistakable humour and style is all over 'Porky's Hero Agency', to highly imaginative and deliciously wild effect. This comes through in both the writing and the sight gags. Porky is likeable and amusing in the hero roles and the gorgon comes close to stealing the show.

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.

In summation, great Clampett/Porky cartoon. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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