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Porky the Gob (1938)

A battleship, manned mainly by dogs (and Porky), and whose captain sounds rather like Yosemite Sam, sets sail. When the crew threatens to get to the mess hall before the captain, he orders ... See full summary »

Directors:

Cal Dalton, Ben Hardaway

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)
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Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Captain / Sailors (voice) (uncredited)
The Sportsmen Quartet The Sportsmen Quartet ... Vocalists (voice) (uncredited)
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A battleship, manned mainly by dogs (and Porky), and whose captain sounds rather like Yosemite Sam, sets sail. When the crew threatens to get to the mess hall before the captain, he orders them to halt (and they do, some in mid-air). The ship gets a radio message of a reward for capturing the pirate submarine. The crew sets out in planes to go looking, leaving Porky behind. Naturally, the sub comes after the ship, and defense is up to Porky. He manages to repel the boarding party and winches the sub onboard with a plunger. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 December 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 »

Soundtracks

The Song of the Marines
(uncredited)
Music by Harry Warren
Lyrics by Al Dubin
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Porky in the Navy
16 January 2018 | by nodogthebestSee all my reviews

Porky the Gob is one of the first cartoons directed by the duo of Ben Hardaway and Cal Dalton, featuring Porky Pig. They had just inherited the recently-closed Tashlin unit at the time. They got 2 of their animators - Joe D'Igalo and Volney White, and brought 3 animators in - Rod Scribner (who would later go on to be regarded as one of the best animators at WB), Herman Cohen (coming from the Fleischer studio), and Gil Turner. They also got the travelling writer Melvin Millar for their new unit. The newly-formed unit then spent until 1940 taking over for Friz Freleng's absence, and the unit went to Freleng when he came back in the same year.

The cartoon starts off with a song sequence of the crew singing "We're Shoving Right Off Again". We then discover Porky is one of the members on the ship. We're then treated to some gags involving the stern captain. A telegram received by a crew member reveals that the pirate submarine, Sub-Zero, is wanted. The captain notices the reward for capturing it and then sends everyone of his crew on a mission...everyone except Porky, that is.

As for this cartoon, the music and vocals were good as always. The animation was enjoyable for the most part, although sometimes straying into off-model territory. The jokes were good enough, but very little of the "hahaha funny" type. The story was a bit oddly constructed, and the song at the beginning added little to the plot. Overall, an interesting cartoon, although some may not like it.


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