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Dreaming of Wackyland
boblipton4 September 2008
Bob Clampett, director of this cartoon, was one of the great cartoon directors that made Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies so great. His greatest strength was his ability to take images and ideas and stretch them endlessly and his great masterpiece, PORKY IN WACKYLAND is the great exemplar of that.

But here, in this short where Porky dreams of being an ancient Greek hero who fights the gorgon, we see that same sensibility. This is a riotous cartoon, full of puns both verbal and visual, and wild images. This would be, I feel, a great cartoon, except for one small flaw: it is all couched as a dream. But even with that, it is still excellent and a rarely seen cartoon. If you have a chance, don't miss it.
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Al Pearce In Ancient Greece Starring Porky
Vimacone2 July 2018
Bob Clampett didn't immediately start directing with the zaniness that he's been celebrated for. Although he always made his characters very elastic and they looked more cartoony than everyone else's.

Like his colleagues, Clampett was a keen observer of contemporary popular culture and used it as a basis for humor and characterization. Here Porky imagines himself in Ancient Greece confronting the Gorgon, whose voice is based on the character Tizzie Lish from the Al Pearce radio program. While a repulsive sounding character on the actual radio show, her charicterization is actually somewhat more easier on the ears and funnier in the shorts from this time frame. Porky also quotes Elmer Blurt from the show when knocking on the doors of the Gorgon's factory.

The soundtrack uses some jaunty renditions of the tunes "Old King Cole" and "Have You Got Any Castles" from the WB feature VARSITY SHOW, which came out the same year. There are some clever gags with famous Greek sculptures, such as the discus thrower.

Of Clampett's pre-Wackyland shorts from 1937-38, this one is one of his best ones. If only he was able to direct color Merrie Melodies in this era. His style warranted the use of Technicolor.
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Porky and the gorgon
TheLittleSongbird30 December 2017
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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This brief cartoon asks the Burning Question . . .
oscaralbert7 January 2017
Warning: Spoilers
. . . most of America is dying to learn more about Today: What do we REALLY know concerning Third Lady-Elect Melancholia Rump? To paraphrase the script of JEREMIAH JOHNSON, some say that she's a plagiarist; others contend there's a fraudulent Green Card in her shoe; and many believe that she's a KGB spy, if not the Love Child and\or the Past Lover of Rump Puppeteer Vlad "Mad Dog" Putin himself. However, there's no disputing the fact that Warner Bros.' uncannily accurate staff of Animated Shorts Seers is warning America about the threat Melancholia poses as they anticipate her every curve and wrinkle in the Gorgon individual contending against the title character of PORKY'S HERO AGENCY. Kellyanne Conway tries to place Gorgon Melancholia up on a pedestal amid such Beloved FIRST Ladies as Mamie Eisenhower, Nancy Reagan, Laura Bush, and Sally Field. Porky Pig would no doubt retort, "S-S-S-TEP Right TH-TH-THIS Way, K-K-KELLYANNE, and F-F-F-FACE TH-TH-THE G-G-G-GORGON!"
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