The Daffy Doc (1938)

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The Daffy Doc is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is such a crazy cartoon.

Daffy Duck got his first whole film here finally. Certainly Porky Pig is there and he is great, but Daffy gets the majority of screen time and I am fine with that. More than fine as he is such a classic character and he has never been this good before. He plays a doctor here and gets Porky to be his patient. He tries to cut his stomach with a saw and the pig runs away.

Yes, that actually happened here. It is a very brutal, adult and incredibly crazy film as not only the duck but also the doctor turns out to be a lunatic in hilarious fashion. I thought the film ended somewhat abruptly plus that inflation gag went on for too long, but the saw scene was unforgettable as well as that “consultation” sequence which is very inventive and so funny.

The Daffy Doc is a very funny, properly loony cartoon with a great emphasis on Daffy Duck who is reliably crazy here in a couple of very inventive scenes.

My Rating – 4.3

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Porky in Egypt (1938)

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Porky in Egypt is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is so good.

As the title suggests, Porky is in Egypt with his camel. They are journeying in the desert and because the sun is too hot, the camel starts losing his mind and behaving erratically. This film is one of the most crazy and hallucinogenic Looney Tunes so far and those scenes were the highlights not only in terms of the humor but also in terms of animation which is very artistic and unique. The movements are particularly well animated and accomplished.

I also liked the character design and the entire Egypt looks awesome and painted with great attention to detail. That along with a fittingly Arabian score definitely creates the mood superbly. The camel is such a great character and he steals the show here, but unfortunately he steals it from Porky who is somewhat underutilized here. The film is very good, but not as funny as I hoped it would be.

Porky in Egypt should have been funnier, but it is a gorgeously animated, wonderfully crazy and hallucinogenic trip to Egypt.

My Rating – 4

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Porky’s Naughty Nephew (1938)

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Porky’s Naughty Nephew is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a weak short.

This is basically one of those Porky Pig cartoons where the focus is on Porky being a victim and this time around he is tormented by his very annoying cousin. I honestly like the victim formula more than most people out there, but this one is weaker than most of the previous offerings and for many reasons.

Certainly it is energetic and mostly well executed plus the animation is good, but the cousin is a forgettable new character and Porky here is even less memorable or endearing than he usually is. But the film just doesn’t have any quality, truly great gags and thus it is an entirely forgettable offering.

Porky’s Naughty Nephew has a forgettable title character and a lack of strong gags to make it more memorable.

My Rating – 3.4

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Porky in Wackyland (1938)

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Porky in Wackyland is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is amazing.

Porky in Wackyland is very much influenced by ‘Alice in Wonderland’ and Salvador Dali’s works. It has that weird flavor to it that differentiates it from all of the previous Looney Tunes. Porky arrives in Africa in search of a rare bird worth millions of dollars and experiences all kinds of weird scenarios and characters. The highlight was the ending with such a nice, funny reveal.

But I also really loved that adventurous, mysterious opening of the film as well as some of the hijinks involving the bird itself. The bird is crazy in the vein of Daffy Duck and maybe even crazier in its unhinged behavior. I also loved Porky Pig as he is a great adventurer here. The score is solid but although the gags are strong, they aren’t really hilarious. But other than that, it is truly a phenomenal film with absolutely terrific animation that takes risks and shows what animation can truly accomplish which is anything you can imagine.

Porky in Wackyland is one of the very best Looney Tunes of the 1930s thanks to such a crazy, weird plot and characters with a particularly strong, inventive and imaginative animation.

My Rating – 4.5

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A-Lad-In Bagdad (1938)

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A-Lad-In Bagdad is a 1938 animated short film from the Merry Melodies series. It is a very disappointing short.

Now this is a very disappointing short as it is basically Aladdin and it revolves in the Middle East but is never a proper adaptation or a parody of it. Egghead is also less memorable here than usual and this surely is one of his weakest offerings out of them all.

The animation is solid and there are some moments here that work, but most of the gags just did not work at all and were either not funny or bland. I definitely liked the character design, but the characters are mostly very forgettable and they did not work as well as they should have. This is a giant missed opportunity on all fronts.

A-Lad-In Bagdad is well animated, but very much a missed opportunity as this famous storyline did not get proper parody treatment or good enough gags.

My Rating – 3.4

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Wholly Smoke (1938)

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Wholly Smoke is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is an amusing, but very dated short.

I liked seeing Porky in a message film as he is very well suited for it. The bully part was excellent and quite memorable, the song is also solid and the animation, the colorized version I’ve watched, is very good and competent.

The film has a great message about the dangers of smoking for children, but it is dated because it only says that children are affected by it when in reality the adults are too but they just did not know that back in the day. The film is obsessed with message a bit too much and thus the humor is lacking this time around.

Wholly Smoke definitely has a great, but non-inclusive message and it is amusing and solid, but lacking in gags and dated.

My Rating – 3.5

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Porky & Daffy (1938)

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Porky & Daffy is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is such a funny short.

Porky enlists Daffy for a boxing match and the entire cartoon then revolves around Daffy screwing with his opponent. Now I usually dislike boxing shorts, but this one truly is phenomenal because it is non-stop hilarious action from start to finish with so many inventive quality gags.

I love Daffy Duck here, he is so energetic, crazy and a lot of fun. The belt joke was so funny, I liked the pelican referee and how Daffy used him as a punching bag and literally every single action from the duck here is very inventive and incredibly smart. The only problem is that there is certainly not enough of Porky Pig here and he did not even need to be here whatsoever.

Porky & Daffy features a bunch of hilarious and smart gags making this boxing short truly phenomenal.

My Rating – 4.2

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Porky’s Spring Planting (1938)

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Porky’s Spring Planting is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a solid, but not great entry.

I did not care much for this particular cartoon and in my opinion the gardening short ‘Porky’s Garden’ is the better short of the two. Certainly the animation is nice and the overall story I found to be interesting and not really done before. The ending with Porkys negotiations with the chicken was the highlight, but the rest wasn’t really funny.

The film takes its time to get there owing to a very slow start and thus we are not introduced to these chicken well into the film. They only arrived around the half mark which was beyond problematic. Another very troublesome aspect is Porky Pig who is here animated oddly and he both looked and behaved strange and different than usual. I was not a fan of that at all.

Porky’s Spring Planting is perfectly solid with a good story, but weak structure and a problematic depiction of Porky Pig.

My Rating – 3.5

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Porky’s Party (1938)

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Porky’s Party is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a very funny short.

Porky invites his friends to his birthday party and hilarity ensues. This is a simple concept but the execution is so great that it transcends it. I definitely do think that it should have been longer plus it was weird that he did not invite his regular friends instead of those new friends such as a duck and a penguin. That was odd and the characters, although fun, should have been introduced better.

But the gags make this cartoon so great. And there are a lot of quality ones in here. One involves the silkworm who knits clothes for Porky and when he makes a bra, Porky bashfully hides it away. Another one is the dog who is hilarious here. Not only does he get drunk on hair-growth formula but he also uses shaving cream and afterwards Porky and others run away from him thinking that he has rabies. But the most hilarious gag is the one in which the Penguin cuts a small piece from the cake and then takes the larger one and eats it. That was so funny.

Porky’s Party transcends its flaws thanks to a bunch of inventive and incredibly funny gags.

My Rating – 4

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Porky the Fireman (1938)

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Porky the Fireman is a 1938 animated short film from the Looney Tunes series. It is a weak short.

Porky the Fireman is one of those cartoons that only presents us one situation and that is basically it. Here we got Porky trying to put out the fire and that is literally it. There are almost no villains here and the gags are thoroughly lacking. Except for that racist blackface joke which is more infamous than funny.

The short is well animated and well scored. I liked how that fire flame looked and that was the only nice gag here. To me the film is short and quick in pace and energetic, but never really entertaining as there is not a lot of fun action or humor going on here leading to one of the weaker Looney Tunes from 1938.

Porky the Fireman is well animated and with a fun ending, but weaker action, mostly lacking in gags and not really entertaining.

My Rating – 3.3

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