Thursday, February 11, 2010
Title: Porky's Tire Trouble
Studio: Warner Brothers
CARL W. STALLING
Series: Looney Tunes
Running time (of viewed version): 6:59
Synopsis: Porky's dog Flat Foot Flookey follows him to work, gets rubberized, and irritates his walrus boss.
Comments: Yet another cartoon where the star (and they make a big deal about him being the star in the opening) is entirely unimportant to the short (other than killing some time walking). There's no reason the dog couldn't just wander into the factory and cause problems for the walrus, other than the unit being required to make Porky Pig cartoons. The dog is incredibly stupidly named. And he's ugly as sin, from his distracting eye mask to his buck teeth and Don Martin style feet (like if Goofy were Pluto). There's reuse but changes to the fence background. The music is more interesting in this than in the Lone Stranger (lots of "You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby"). Porky does a bunch of useless moving to it. Someone liked slow zoom shots. The chawing steamshovel looks good.. Flooky molds his face to look like several stars; Edward G. Robinson, someone I don't know with fat lips and rectal eyes (Edna Mae Oliver according to Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald's _Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies_), Clark Gable (who was about to play Rhett Butler in 1939), and that "hoo hoo" guy who was caricatured frequently and ripped off a bit for Daffy Duck (Hugh Herbert, again according to LTMM). I like how the boss in tires looks like a ham.