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What Price Porky (1938)

Porky tries to feed his chickens, but some ducks steal the corn he puts out, then declare war. The battle rages, with the ducks against the chickens, sometimes in wing-to-wing combat, but ... See full summary »

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Robert Clampett
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Daffy Duck / Hen (voice) (uncredited)
Robert Clampett ... Duck Soldier (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Porky tries to feed his chickens, but some ducks steal the corn he puts out, then declare war. The battle rages, with the ducks against the chickens, sometimes in wing-to-wing combat, but also aerial attacks, and Porky finally turning the tide with his machine gun improvised from a wringer washer and a bag of corn. But the ducks still get the last laugh. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 February 1938 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

Duck: [Armed to the teeth with weapons] Which way to the front of the line?
Duck Soldier: That way
[Points to the right]
Duck: Thanks!
[runs in the opposite direction]
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Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1995, 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 »


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Trench warfare with hens vs. ducks...
13 February 2008 | by DoylenfSee all my reviews

WHAT PRICE PORKY is a '38 cartoon in B&W (so little faith did studios have in Technicolor cartoon shorts apparently), and it's full of slapstick sight gags involving a war between hens and ducks that resembles WWII (or even WWI) with trench warfare and multiple explosions between the warring parties.

The fight is all over food supplies and the armies are drafted for the big fight even just after they emerge from their shells, which is the most inspired touch in the whole cartoon. Not much of a plot but an amusing curiosity in the way signs are posted ("No Hens Land") in a comic strip sort of way.

Actually it looks rather primitive and it's hard to see the attraction in a Looney Tune cartoon made in B&W for wartime audiences, but that's the way the cookie crumbles. Kids should enjoy it and adults will have fun reading the double meaning signs.


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