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Awful Orphan is a 1949 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.


Charlie searches for an owner, but people turn him down. Charlie then hitches a ride in a pet shop truck. He arrives in Porky's hotel room but Porky promptly kicks him out. Porky calls the pet shop owner saying, "I ordered a canary, not a monster!"

Charlie tries to be friends when Porky once kicks him out. Porky pretends to be friends and "makes Charlie a dog coat", which sends him to Siberia, laughing an evil chuckle, but Charlie ends up coming back kicking Porky in the rear while doing the Siberian Steps. Meanwhile, Charlie looks through a stereoscope. Porky yells, waking the downstairs neighbor. He calls Charlie, who threatens him. The man comes upstairs and beats up poor Porky.

Porky once again kicks the dog in the hall. Charlie pretends to be a baby and a woman (see “Censorship”) to fool Porky but loses. He then says the dog can stay. Charlie is ready to leave, but Porky maniacally laughs and wants him to stay. Porky is then sleeping on the rug, and the dog tries to escape which causes him to act like a bulldog (looked similar to Hector) forcing Charlie to be his owner.





On ABC's The Bugs Bunny and Tweety Show, two scenes were edited:

  • The entire sequence where Charlie Dog poses as an abandoned baby at Porky's doorstep, Porky kicking the basket with Charlie Dog away, and Charlie Dog entering the apartment as an old woman who beats Porky with an umbrella for the despicable thing he's done was cut, making it look like that Porky was thrown out of the apartment (off-screen) when throwing Charlie Dog out.
  • The scene of Charlie preparing to jump out of the apartment window was shortened to delete some of his dialogue bluntly alluding to suicide. ("I shall end it all by throwing myself off into a eternity." and "Farewell, friend." were cut, though the actual action wasn't cut, possibly because it's revealed that Charlie landed on an impossibly tall tower of mattresses)[1]


  • This is the only one of the three Charlie Dog/Porky Pig cartoons where Charlie receives comeuppance for his actions in the end.
  • In The Bugs Bunny Show, the title of the short was changed by adding "The" at the beginning.
  • On 30 January 2021, MeTV aired what is supposed to be a brand new restoration of this short on the Saturday Morning Cartoons block, with the pitch finally being corrected, while the audiotrack is canned and the opening title cards are freeze-framed with fake digital cross-fade effects. This re-restoration was later made available on iTunes Video.


TV Title Cards


Porky Pig Cartoons
1935 I Haven't Got a HatGold Diggers of '49
1936 Plane DippyAlpine AnticsThe Phantom ShipBoom BoomThe Blow OutWestward WhoaFish TalesShanghaied ShipmatesPorky's PetPorky the Rain-MakerPorky's Poultry PlantPorky's Moving DayMilk and MoneyLittle Beau PorkyThe Village SmithyPorky in the North WoodsBoulevardier from the Bronx
1937 Porky the WrestlerPorky's Road RacePicador PorkyPorky's RomancePorky's Duck HuntPorky and GabbyPorky's BuildingPorky's Super ServicePorky's Badtime StoryPorky's RailroadGet Rich Quick PorkyPorky's GardenRover's RivalThe Case of the Stuttering PigPorky's Double TroublePorky's Hero Agency
1938 Porky's PoppaPorky at the CrocaderoWhat Price PorkyPorky's Phoney ExpressPorky's Five & TenPorky's Hare HuntInjun TroublePorky the FiremanPorky's PartyPorky's Spring PlantingPorky & DaffyWholly SmokePorky in WackylandPorky's Naughty NephewPorky in EgyptThe Daffy DocPorky the Gob
1939 The Lone Stranger and PorkyIt's an Ill WindPorky's Tire TroublePorky's Movie MysteryChicken JittersPorky and TeabiscuitKristopher Kolumbus Jr.Polar PalsScalp TroubleOld GloryPorky's PicnicWise QuacksPorky's HotelJeepers CreepersNaughty NeighborsPied Piper PorkyPorky the Giant KillerThe Film Fan
1940 Porky's Last StandAfrica SqueaksAli-Baba BoundPilgrim PorkySlap Happy PappyPorky's Poor FishYou Ought to Be in PicturesThe Chewin' BruinPorky's Baseball BroadcastPatient PorkyCalling Dr. PorkyPrehistoric PorkyThe Sour PussPorky's Hired HandThe Timid Toreador
1941 Porky's Snooze ReelPorky's Bear FactsPorky's PreviewPorky's AntA Coy DecoyPorky's Prize PonyMeet John DoughboyWe, the Animals - Squeak!The Henpecked DuckNotes to YouRobinson Crusoe Jr.Porky's Midnight MatineePorky's Pooch
1942 Porky's Pastry PiratesWho's Who in the ZooPorky's CafeAny Bonds Today?My Favorite Duck
1943 Confusions of a Nutzy SpyYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatA Corny Concerto
1944 Tom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredSwooner CroonerDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyBrother Brat
1945 Trap Happy PorkyWagon Heels
1946 Baby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesKitty KorneredThe Great Piggy Bank RobberyMouse Menace
1947 One Meat BrawlLittle Orphan Airedale
1948 Daffy Duck Slept HereNothing but the ToothThe Pest That Came to DinnerRiff Raffy DaffyScaredy Cat
1949 Awful OrphanPorky ChopsPaying the PiperDaffy Duck HuntCurtain RazorOften an OrphanDough for the Do-DoBye, Bye Bluebeard
1950 Boobs in the WoodsThe Scarlet PumpernickelAn Egg ScrambleGolden YeggsThe DuckstersDog Collared
1951 The Wearing of the GrinDrip-Along DaffyThe Prize Pest
1952 Thumb FunCracked QuackFool Coverage
1953 Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
1954 Claws for AlarmMy Little Duckaroo
1955 Jumpin' JupiterDime to Retire
1956 Rocket SquadDeduce, You Say
1957 Boston Quackie
1958 Robin Hood Daffy
1959 China Jones
1961 Daffy's Inn Trouble
1965 Corn on the Cop
1966 Mucho Locos
1980 Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
1996 Superior Duck
2004 My Generation G...G... Gap