Porky’s Poultry Plant (1936)

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Porky’s Poultry Plant is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a solid entry.

Now the premise here is actually great and very interesting for a cartoon, but I have to say that the execution of that premise wasn’t all that great and was frankly disappointing as there should have been a lot more done with it. It is still a solid, enjoyable film, but far from great and lacking in humor.

Porky is excellent as the hero and I really loved some of the scenes here such as the heartbreaking poster scene and the ending. But I wasn’t a fan of the football addition at all. Frank Tashlin’s direction is so good and he is the one responsible for the movie’s interesting look. A really stellar debut. The animation is excellent and some of the camera angles were quite innovative.

Porky’s Poultry Plant could have been better, but it still succeeds owing to Porky, great premise and superb animation.

My Rating – 3.7

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Sunday Go to Meetin’ Time (1936)

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Sunday Go to Meetin’ Time a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty offensive flick.

This is of course part of the Censored Eleven which are the cartoons from Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies which feature black stereotypes and this one has that in abundance. Now it is actually a pretty solid story with a good message about the importance of going to church on Sunday. It would have been pretty good had it been done with a white cast.

But this way, it is the worst entry in quite a while. The characters here are just coons and even blackface personalities which do not resemble real black people at all and are just exaggerated versions of them. Everything here seemed hateful and wrong, even for its time which is why I couldn’t forgive them for it.

Sunday Go to Meetin’ Time is the worst Merry Melody in quite a while with overly racist, wrong portrayals of black people.

My Rating – 3.1

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Porky the Rain-Maker (1936)

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Porky the Rain-Maker is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is an original flick.

Porky has problems with the farm, but once he gets the pills that make rain, everything turns out great. This is a very unique idea for an animated short and it meant that the animation and especially some of the gags were very inventive. I liked those chicken and goose gags as they portrayed so well how hungry they always are and the way they were punished was quite amusing.

The problem here is that I do not know what is the point of having some of the pills here such as for thunder or earthquake. That seems odd to me. The rain is the only logical one and even the way that pill was eventually used was too convenient and not the best way to get there. The film definitely has its problems but the originality is undisputed.

Porky the Rain-Maker is very uneven in execution, but the idea behind it is so authentic that it ultimately works.

My Rating – 4.2

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I Love to Singa (1936)

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I Love to Singa is a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a fabulous entry.

I absolutely adored this one. The animation here is simply phenomenal as the full Technicolor is on display and the results are more than stellar with beautiful colors and even pretty great bird designs. Of course the score is just fantastic and the titular song should have been a great hit given how catchy and fun it is. It fitted the story so well. The characters are memorable and Owl Jolson makes for a pretty great protagonist. He is a great parody of Al Jolson and the plot remakes ‘The Jazz Singer’ superbly.

I admired this plot where a father throws his son out of the house for singing jazz instead of classical music. There is a great message here about respecting everyone’s talent and interests even if they do not match your own. The ending could have been more memorable, but I absolutely loved that radio amateur contest as it featured a couple of not only funny, but hilarious gags. The judge throwing the contestants under the door honestly made me laugh wholeheartedly which is rare for me and this cartoon did it.

I Love to Singa has a great message, wonderful animation, memorable characters and a fun titular song leading to one of the best Merry Melodies so far.

My Rating – 4.5

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Porky’s Pet (1936)

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Porky’s Pet is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is such a fun cartoon.

Porky gets an offer from Broadway to star with his ostrich pet Lulu in a show and he will do anything to get there without the train conductor noticing. Eventually, the two get thrown out of the train, but board a cow and pass the train on the way there much to the conductor’s frustration. I absolutely loved that ending as I wanted the conductor to pay and he did. I loved watching him get annoyed.

The gags with the ostrich are definitely fairly typical as is this overall cartoon, but some of them are still quite solid and I overall liked them. I liked Lulu and Porky is as great as ever. The score is unremarkable, but the animation is actually very good and I particularly adored the use of still photography in animated the passengers on the train as they looked so good.

Porky’s Pet is some typical stuff, but executed well with some good animation and gags with the ending being the standout.

My Rating – 3.8

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When I Yoo Hoo (1936)

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When I Yoo Hoo is a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It’s a fun cartoon.

I did not care for its first half all that much as it was too much build up and not enough substance. The film is not overlong, but the first half is uneventful and that problem hurt it in the long run as it is otherwise a very solid, fun Merry Melody.

I really enjoyed the second half and that rooster fight was hilarious and so well executed both visually and in terms of choreography and of course humor. It is such a funny fight and ending and it compensated for a humorless first half. I also really enjoyed its animation as it is very pleasing with good character designs. The score’s also quite solid.

When I Yoo Hoo is weak in first half, but so amusing and funny in its fight in the second half.

My Rating – 3.5

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Shanghaied Shipmates (1936)

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Shanghaied Shipmates is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a pretty forgettable short.

This entry revolves around the ship and it unfortunately never really utilized on that awesome setting. Surely, it does have a couple of solid gags and the animation is pretty good. Some scenes are memorable and it is overall a solid film. But nothing stands out as particularly funny or exciting and I’ll forget about it pretty soon.

Porky Pig himself is pretty underutilized and forgettable here which is of course a shame as he is usually so funny and great. The same can be said for the other ship characters as they are really not all that well developed and there are too many of them and not enough stand out. Overall, it is one of the weaker Looney Tunes from this period.

Shanghaied Shipmates is one of the weaker entries in this period owing to forgettable characters.

My Rating – 3.3

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Bingo Crosbyana (1936)

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Bingo Crosbyana is a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is such a flawed flick.

Yes, I really did not enjoy the first half of Bingo Crosbyana. Bingo Crosby himself sued Warner Brothers for such a bad portrayal and I honestly have to agree as he is really a cowardly womanizer and nothing more than that here. I at first disliked how the movie was incredibly sexist with the words “the weak sex” repeated throughout.

But thankfully it ended on such a high note with punishing Bingo for cowardly behavior. It would have been a much better ending if the girls did that instead of the boyfriends and thus the movie remains sexist, but still I liked that ending and it is the only memorable scene in an otherwise quite frustrating movie. At least the animation and that song are quite good.

Bingo Crosbyana is frustrating in its sexist approach and only the ending is memorable.

My Rating – 3.4

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Fish Tales (1936)

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Fish Tales is a 1936 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a solid, but flawed movie.

Porky Pig is on a boating and fishing trip, but when he falls asleep, he dreams that a big fish is hunting him for dinner. This is a regular setup for a cartoon and it lacks originality for that matter. The setting is very well utilized, but some things were undercooked and did not make sense and the transition from reality to dream and backwards wasn’t the best in execution.

I liked Porky as he’s great as usual. The animation is pretty good here and the score is also solid. The film has an interesting live-action approach to its cinematography and it was weird at first when he drove the boat, but afterwards I began to dig it, especially in the scene where he was trapped, really well filmed. The film is technically quite good, but I wish that the story was stronger.

Fish Tales has very good cinematography and animation, but a rather typical and familiar plot.

My Rating – 3.7

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I’d Love to Take Orders from You (1936)

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I’d Love to Take Orders from You a 1936 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a pretty endearing flick.

In this short we follow a scarecrow family. The father scares the crows while the son wants to become a big scarecrow himself. He sets out to scare the crow who scares and chases him until his father saves him and plays a joke on him. This is all charming family stuff executed really well and with some solid characterization.

But the humor is lacking and the film is rather typical and extremely predictable, especially in its very obvious ending. The film is too safe and although highly likable, it is still regular fare. The score is also not great, but the animation is definitely slick with great designs and pleasing colors.

I’d Love to Take Orders from You is definitely too safe, but highly likable and so well animated.

My Rating – 3.9

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