"Pilgrim Porky" (1940) Breakdown Thread

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"Pilgrim Porky" (1940) Breakdown Thread

Postby Sean Gaffney » Sun Jul 10, 2011 10:08 am

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Supervision: Robert Clampett
Animation: Norman McCabe
Story By: Warren Foster
Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling
Voice Characterizations: Mel Blanc, Robert Bruce, Thurl Ravenscroft (all uncredited)

Series: Looney Tunes
Release Date: March 16, 1940
Production Number: 9368
MPAA Number: 5396

Synopsis: The Mayflower journey with Captain Porky Pig at the helm is the subject of this spot gag cartoon, narrated the same way a newsreel or travelogue would be. Battling some very anthropomorphic elements, as well as flying fish and leaping seals, our heroes finally make it to America and make a treaty with Sitting Bull. In the end, a cook trying to catch a really big fish is successful - almost TOO successful.

Video Availability:
Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. 5 DVD - Disc 4 (WHV; 2007)
The Fighting 69th DVD (WHV; 2007)

Music Used:
The Song of The Marines (Al Dubin/Harry Warren), from the WB musical The Singing Marine (1937).
Jeepers Creepers (Johnny Mercer/Harry Warren), from the WB movie Going Places (1938).
Sobre las Olas (Over the Waves) (Juventino Rosas). Circa 1888.
The Umbrella Man (James Cavanaugh/Vincent Rose/Larry Stock). 1938.
Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet (Stanley Murphy/Percy Wenrich). 1909.
Fingal's Cave Overture (Hebrides Overture) (Felix Mendelssohn). 1830.
My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean. Traditional.
Yankee Doodle. Traditional.
Columbia, the Gem of the Ocean (Thomas Becket). 1843.
A Life on the Ocean Wave (Epes SargentHenry Russell). 1838.
Long, Long Ago (Thomas Haynes Bayly). 1833.

Trivia:
The Rains Came is indeed a 1939 film, based on the 1937 novel by Louis Bromfield. It was released by 20th Century Fox, though one of its stars, George Brent, was 'on loan' from Warner Brothers for the picture.

The scenes featuring the black cook have been excised from modern TV prints.
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Postby zavkram » Tue Jul 12, 2011 10:33 am

I never saw this one growing up, not even in one of those badly-colorized versions. It obviously never aired on stations in my area because of the black cook character.

Who else animated this besides McCabe? I think John Carey was in Clampett's unit at this time, wasn't he? What about Vivi Risto?
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Postby Speedy Boris » Tue Jul 12, 2011 11:20 am

What song is played over the title card?

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Postby David Gerstein » Tue Jul 12, 2011 7:06 pm

It's "Military Taps" (i. e. the bugle call for a fallen soldier), but played with a rhythm closer to "Song of the Marines" ("Shoving Right Off For Home Again").
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Postby Fibber Fox » Thu Jul 21, 2011 11:16 pm

Unfortunately, the ads aren't very readable. These are the best of the ones I found. Somewhat appropriately, one theatre billed the cartoon with 'The Boys of Syrucase', Joe Penner's last movie before he died.

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