Porky's Phoney Express (1938)

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A pony express office. Porky's only allowed to clean up and lick envelopes. When a rider comes back, unable to get past the Indians, Porky has his chance. The plan is to send Porky out ... See full summary »

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Directors:

Cal Dalton , Cal Howard

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)

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10 January 2018 | TheLittleSongbird
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| Decoy Porky
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.

Porky Pig has always been a never less than watchable character, he is endearing and amusing when used well. Do prefer it when he is playing it straight against characters with stronger personalities (i.e. Daffy Duck, a classic partnership), but he has many times, depending on the material, been very effective as a lead when he isn't underused and playing second fiddle to funnier supporting characters.

He is endearing and amusing here, plus he is actually treated like a lead character. Even if there are stronger personalities in the other characters, with the often very funny boss character faring the strongest.

'Porky's Phoney Express' does contain its fair share of clever, decently timed and amusing gags, though there is little razor-sharp, hilarious or imaginative. It's not a dull cartoon either, the pace is kept lively and the ending was a very nice deserved reversal touch, though the story is basic and predictable.

While Porky and his boss come off best, there are less than flattering stereotypes also that were not uncommon at the time but don't really hold up well or fly today.

Mel Blanc and Billy Bletcher provide top notch voice work in their own distinctive and versatile ways.

Animation is pretty good, apart from the stereotypical Indian designs and occasional choppy scene transitions. Mostly though, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail.

Saving the particularly good element until last, 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.

Overall, above average cartoon if a long way from a classic. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

19 March 1938

Language

English


Country of Origin

USA

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