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Patient Porky (1940)

Porky checks into a hospital with a tummyache; he has the bad luck to encounter a patient posing a "Dr. Chilled-Air" who is a bit too eager to operate.

Director:

Robert Clampett

Writer:

Warren Foster (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Switchboard Operator (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Dr. Chilled Air / Elevator Operator / Rabbit / Bugs Bunny / Oliver Owl / Scottish Dog / Program Seller (voice) (uncredited)
Ben Frommer Ben Frommer ... Various (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky checks into a hospital with a tummyache; he has the bad luck to encounter a patient posing a "Dr. Chilled-Air" who is a bit too eager to operate.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

24 August 1940 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The switchboard operator pages Dr. Ehrlich and Dr. Cyclops. Dr. Paul Ehrlich was a physician famous for his "magic bullet", the first effective medicinal treatment for syphilis. Dr. Cyclops is a 1940 sci-fi horror movie and short story. 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 Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940) See more »

Soundtracks

Melancholy Mood
(uncredited)
Music by Walter Schumann
Played when Porky complains about his tummy
Also played when the cat leads Porky to a bed
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Porky goes to hospital
30 September 2016 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Bob Clampett's cartoons often were high in energy and fun and displayed a uniquely wacky visual style that one can recognise immediately. Porky Pig is often likable and amusing, if at times overshadowed by characters with stronger personalities.

'Patient Porky' is not quite among Clampett's masterpieces, and Porky has also been in better cartoons. However, it is still enormously enjoyable stuff, Clampett's imaginative visual and wacky directing style is all over 'Patient Porky', and works brilliantly.

The animation is excellent. The blacks, whites and greys look absolutely beautiful, even nearly 80 years on, while also rich in detail and high in imagination. Carl Stalling's energetically high-voltage, luscious, rousing, dynamic and action-enhancing music score and inspired arrangements of pre-existing music shows off his genius. The lyrics in the more musical moments will make one laugh out loud.

It is an exceptionally funny cartoon as well, with some wonderfully cornball lines and names, some pretty inventive and brilliant kinds of illnesses and symptoms and shows a view of being in a hospital in a hugely entertaining but somewhat nightmarish way. Porky's screen-time is not large but he is still memorable and fun plus you do feel sorry for him.

Likewise the supporting characters are very colourful, the elevator operator is a racial stereotype, and a not particularly subtle one, but not in a way that's overtly offensive. The voice acting is terrific, with Mel Blanc once again showing the second-to-none ability to bring different personalities and voices to several characters.

Overall, not a masterpiece but still great. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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