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Porky's Preview is a 1941 Looney Tunes short directed by Tex Avery.

Plot

An audience enters a movie theater run by Porky Pig. There are a series of short sight gags, including a firefly acting out as an usher, a kangaroo that is taking tickets and putting them in her pouch, and a chicken buying child tickets for her eggs. A skunk meanwhile attempts to buy a ticket that only costs a nickel, only to find he has a scent. He attempts to find a way in.

At the same time, Porky is introducing the show, which is some crudely-drawn cartoons featuring stick figures;

  1. The first cartoon is a circus parade featuring drummers, a lion, elephants, a giraffe, and a sweeper.
  2. The second one features a "choo-choo" train that rides off the tracks and onto the background, to the tune of "California Here I Come".
  3. The third one features soldiers marching.
  4. The fourth one depicts a horse race where Bing Crosby's horse is slowly strolling along to the tune of "The Old Gray Mare" (a reference to horses Bing Crosby bet on coming in late).
  5. The fifth segment is a compilation of different kinds of dances: Hawaiian, Mexican, a samba, and a ballet.
  6. The grand finale is a performance of "September in the Rain" by a caricature of Al Jolson.

By the end, the audience has deserted the theater all because of the fact that the skunk was able to sneak inside. Porky is surprised to learn about this, but the skunk enthusiastically applauds Porky's film, having enjoyed it because it too "stinks."

Caricatures

September in the Rain Lyrics

The leaves of brown
Came tumbling down, remember?
All those leaves, they're falling on me
That's what they're doing
In the rain

And the sun went out,
Just like a dying ember
That's what is was
It was in September
That's when it was, yes
In the rain

Aw, look at those little clouds up there
Up there on the hill
Aw, and the little raindrops, they're falling on me
That's what they're doing
Mammy, aw look up there at the sun
It's shining on your little sonny boy
Come on, play it for me

Spring is here and it's September. That's what it is
Build it up, play it, that September
In the rain

Availability

Streaming

Notes

  • This is the last Porky Pig cartoon Tex Avery directed, alongside his last black-and-white Looney Tunes cartoon he directed.
  • The title card music of this cartoon would later be re-used in the Warner Bros. Pictures opening logo used for the Looney Tunes compilation feature film "Daffy Duck's Quackbusters" (1988) 47 years later [3].
  • A poorly-drawn caricature of Henry Binder appears in some of Porky’s drawings.

Censorship

  • The finale of Porky's crudely-drawn cartoons featuring a stick-figure Al Jolson singing "September in the Rain" was cut from all television airings in the United States, including on Nickelodeon and the Ted Turner-owned networks (TBS, TNT, Cartoon Network, and Boomerang).[4]

Gallery

References


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 CafeMy 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
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