Porky's Party is a 1938 animated short film directed by Bob Clampett, which starred Porky Pig and his dog "Black Fury", as well as two characters named Penguin and Goosey, and an unnamed silkworm. In this short, Porky prepares for his birthday party, but antics ensue.
|Directed by||Robert Clampett|
|Produced by||Leon Schlesinger|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Charles Jones|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.|
|June 25, 1938|
The cartoon begins with Porky Pig lighting candles on a birthday cake while singing and stuttering, 'Happy Birthday' to himself.
Porky receives a package from his uncle Pinkus. Inside is a tiny silkworm. The silkworm knits garments whenever the word sew is spoken. Porky commands the worm to sew and it sews a sock as Porky and his dog, Black Fury, look on in awe. Porky gives the command again. The worm sews a brassiere, which Porky disposes of bashfully.
Porky and Black Fury enter the bathroom, where Porky applies hair-growth formula on his own head, producing no results (although he's nevertheless satisfied). Then, needing to get ready, Porky hurriedly leaves the bathroom. Black Fury takes the formula and seeing that it contains 99% alcohol, begins to drink it. He becomes severely intoxicated, loudly shouting "Happy Birthday!"
Meanwhile, Porky hears a knock at the door. It is his friend Penguin, who rushes in and begins wolfing down ice cream and slicing the cake - to which he leaves the slice and takes the remaining cake. Goosey saunters in and holds out his hand for Porky to shake. The hand is a prop, adorned with a sign reading "Happy Birthday, Fat Boy!". Porky chuckles at Goosey, stating "He's so silly." Porky repeatedly stutters the word so, causing the silkworm in Porky's pocket to mistake the word for "sew" and begins sewing garment after garment. As garments come from underneath Porky's jacket, he notices they are women's underwear and brassieres; he hides them guiltily. He then tosses the silkworm away.
The silkworm lands in Penguin's ice cream, and continues sewing garments, which end up in the ice cream. Disgusted, Penguin pulls a sock out of his mouth. As he has difficulty swallowing, a top hat forms in his mouth. The hat pops up, and Penguin's head assumes the shape of it. Failing to quell the hat, Penguin shouts for Goosey's help, who rams Penguin's head into the wall, hits him with a mallet, and slams a washtub over his head, to no avail.
Black Fury, looking shaggy after ingesting the hair-growth formula, attempts to shave. After putting on the shaving cream, he starts the electric razor. The razor takes on the qualities of a snake, and attacks Black Fury. Porky mistakes Black Fury for a mad dog, and the party guests run around the house with Black Fury, not realizing that the "rabid dog" is actually Porky's pet.
After several more antics, the shaving cream is removed, and Porky sees that it is just Black Fury (after his fur returns to normal). Penguin angrily rolls up his "sleeve" and stares Black Fury down, uttering "So..." in anticipation of a fight. This sets off the silkworm, who wraps Penguin up into a state of mummification and once again has a top hat pop up as his head.
- The cartoon is available (uncut, uncensored, and in its original black and white format) on the third volume of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, with a special optional commentary track by Ren and Stimpy creator John Kricfalusi and animator Eddie Fitzgerald, as well as a storyboard featuring drawings that originally had Gabby Goat and Petunia Pig as party attendees, but, for reasons unknown, they were replaced by Goosey and Penguin.
- Chuck Jones was an animator in Clampett's unit at this time, and his work can be easily identified, particularly in the scene where Black Fury gets drunk on hair restoration tonic. Jones became a director and was awarded his own unit shortly after this cartoon was produced.
- Goosey bares resemblance to Disney's character Donald Duck