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Trap Happy Porky is a 1945 Looney Tunes short directed by Charles M. Jones.

Plot

Porky is being disturbed by mice, which is causing him to lose sleep. He hires a cat in order to get rid of the mice, but things don't go as well as he planned, as the cat gets drunk and disturbs his sleep.

Caricatures

  • Billy Gray - "I'm only three-and-a-half years old"

Availability

Trivia

  • This is the second appearance of Hubie and Bertie, and their first appearance in the Looney Tunes series. In this cartoon, however, they are unnamed generic mice, indistinguishable except for fur color. Only one line is said by one of them: "I'm only 3-and-a-1/2 years old."
  • This is the only cartoon with Hubie and Bertie paired with Porky Pig.
  • The unnamed black-and-white cat from this cartoon resembles a prototype Claude Cat who previously debuted in "The Aristo-cat".
  • The Rube Goldberg-esque contraption appeared again in the 1947 Sylvester and Tweety cartoon "Tweetie Pie", where Sylvester uses it to catch Tweety, except that the bait used bird seed instead of cheese, and it fails as it injures Sylvester instead. Coincidentally, both "Trap Happy Porky" and "Tweetie Pie" were written by Tedd Pierce.
  • The mouse that robs the trap Porky sets out quotes Billy Gray's line, "I'm only three-and-a-half years old". However, as house mice are adults at an age of fifty days and have a short lifespan of two to three years, a three-and-a-half-year-old mouse would be a geriatric case.
  • The original print (with original titles) is copyrighted MCMXLV (1945), while reissue print is copyrighted MCMXLIV (1944).
  • In both the a.a.p. and 1995 Turner "dubbed version" prints of the cartoon, there appears to be two noticeable split-cuts in the opening shots of the cartoon, firstly as the scene zooms in from the establishing shot stating "Uncle Tom's Cabins: Boarders Taken (For All They've Got!)" to Porky's room window, and then as the camera zooms in into a sleeping Porky. [3] This is probably due to the deteriorating 16mm film elements used to make both transfers, as a.a.p. and it's successor companies had no access to the cartoon's original negatives stored at the WB vaults at the time.

Censorship

  • The opening shot, of the sign stating "Uncle Tom's Cabins: Boarders Taken (For All They've Got!)" is cut on Cartoon Network, Boomerang and The WB![4], although it has aired uncut on overseas Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels and at least one showing of this short on Cartoon Network's Looney Tunes compilation show in the United States has aired this cartoon with the "Uncle Tom's Cabins: Boarders Taken (For All They've Got!)" establishing shot intact in 2009 and on a Boomerang USA re-run in 2018. It is unknown whether this was a mistake or intentional.
  • The version on the former WB network also edits the part where the cats drunkenly sing "Moonlight Bay" to remove all of them pausing in the middle of the song to down some more cider.[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 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
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