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Chicken Jitters (1939)

Porky runs a poultry farm. All is well, if a bit unconventional, until the wolf attacks.

Director:

Robert Clampett
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig (voice) (uncredited)
Danny Webb Danny Webb ... Fox (voice) (uncredited)
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Porky runs a poultry farm. All is well, if a bit unconventional, until the wolf attacks.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 April 1939 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Alternate Versions

On the "Porky Pig 101" DVD set, the title card plays incorrect music, re-used from "Porky's Tire Trouble" instead. See more »

Connections

Spoofs Mother Carey's Chickens (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish
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Music by Harry Warren
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Poultry trouble
5 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

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.

Have a lot of respect for Bob Clampett and, while not one of my all time favourite characters, Porky Pig is always a very easy to like character. Unfortunately, 'Chicken Jitters' is not a particularly good representation of Clampett, by his standards it is rather tame and bland rather than wild and outrageous. 'Chicken Jitters' also is not a good representation of Porky, he does not have much personality and as said for a lead character he is barely in it.

The story is not much of one at all and only really gets going once the fox (by far the liveliest and most memorable character in the whole thing) appears on the scene. It is agreed though that when it gets going, it does feel too little too late because the last part of 'Chicken Jitters' is very rushed in pacing and in material.

Not much is funny in 'Chicken Jitters' or even that amusing. There are some funny moments, but in a more sporadic way rather than throughout. Too many, with some recycling going on but having had much more impact previously, of the gags are very variable in execution and the whole cartoon humour-wise is pretty tame and doesn't feel like Clampett directed it.

For all those faults, there are good qualities about 'Chicken Jitters'. As said, there are some funny moments, the fox is a fun character (which makes it sad that none of the other characters make much of an impression, including the waste of Porky) and despite the rushed feel of the last part, it is the most interesting the cartoon gets story-wise.

Mel Blanc is outstanding as always and Danny Webb is just as good as the fox. The animation is excellent, 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, watchable but there are far better Clampett/Porky cartoons. 5/10 Bethany Cox


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