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Porky the Fireman (1938)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 4 June 1938 (USA)
Porky and his friends try to save a theatrical boarding house.

Director:

Frank Tashlin

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Slow Dog (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky and his friends try to save a theatrical boarding house.

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 June 1938 (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 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

Spoofs Tarzan the Ape Man (1932) See more »

Soundtracks

Traffic
(uncredited)
Music by J.S. Zamecnik
Played at the beginning when the fire truck rushes to the burning building
Also played when Porky grabs the pail, chases the dogs away, and gets doused by the flame
Also played when Porky wrestles with the hydrant and hose
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Excellent early Porky cartoon...
27 September 2013 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

...One of his better ones actually. The animation is fluid and detailed, the fire effects are very inventive and the camera angles once again shows a director who knows how to direct his material and do it expertly. It's that particularly that makes one wish that Tashlin was better known. The music is jaunty and very beautifully orchestrated, the dog's theme matched his movements brilliantly. The gags are literally at least 5-laughs-a-minute, and luckily even at such a fast pace all the gags work wonderfully, the best being hilarious and the dog bagging the best moments. The story is always fun and not too predictable. Porky is good and amuses in how inept he is at his job, though the stronger and more charismatic is the dog, his manner is perhaps too relaxed for such a potentially life-threatening situation but that's what makes him so funny. Mel Blanc as always does a stellar job with the voice acting. Overall, excellent early Porky cartoon and one of his better ones, notable for Tashlin's direction, the humour and the dog. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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