|Title card courtesy of Dave Mackey.|
Release date: January 9, 1937.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Tex Avery.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Joe Dougherty (Porky Pig), Ted Pierce (Fighter) and Mel Blanc (Hoo-hoo sounds).
Animation: Charles "Chuck" Jones and Elmer Wait.
Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling.
Sound: Treg Brown (uncredited).
Synopsis: Porky is a hitchhiker who is thrown into a wrestling arena by mistake.
This would be Mel Blanc's first EVER short that he's ever recorded a voice for but he ONLY makes the "Woo Woo" sounds here; and Blanc would pioneer the Looney Tunes being a star making hilarious voices for great characters.
After the headlines roaring; we can view to a hitchhiking dachshund who is wearing a suit and holding a briefcase. The dachshund is trying to get a car's attention by using his thumb for the hitchhike sign; and his body stretches before zipping back again! A sign on the tree reads; "To the Big Fight". Another hitchhiker is sitting on the grass smoking a cigar waiting for a car. Another dopey hitchhiker uses both hands to display the signal with dopey looking eyes which I guess is typical of what Avery might use but anyone uses that. Another hitchhiker shouts "Calling all cars. Calling all cars. Give me a ride please". It seems that Warner Bros. loved using references from the old radio program of the time "Calling All Cars". A good joke for it's time.
Porky then continues to give the sign until a car finally parks to enter him in with the driver asking about where his next stop is:
Driver: Where you goin', sonny?
Porky Pig: (stutters) to the wrestling match.
Driver: So am I.
Porky is about to enter the vehicle but the car just leaves him on his own which I guess is kinda funny since we expected Porky to get a lift as to what Jack King or Friz Freleng of the time could've included but at least Avery surprised us.
The music heard in the background is We're In the Money a song that Carl Stalling loved to use in his shorts that described money or rich people and here is a good example. The challenger who is basically a millionaire spots Porky hitchhiking as he grabs the cab in the neck asking him in some (what sounds like an Italian accent) to "pick up the little fellow". I like how the car's wheels brake with feet that pop out of the wheels to show as though they're halting. Porky enters the limo as he is welcomed by the challenger of the upcoming match.
There is a group of folks outside the arena waiting for the arena to arrive waiting for the limo to come for the challenger to arrive at the arena on time. The limo parks outside the arena but as the challenger steps outside he falls down a trap door.
The crowd in the audience are clapping in rhythm waiting for the show to begin. A fighter waiting on the canvas hears a caller telling his rival (I'm going along the lines to say his name is "Scowsky" or something like that). The referee with the huge loudspeaker introduces a fighter for the match named Mad Mountain (I think that's his name) the Champion. The crowd then cheer on the Champion. The referee then points to the other corner (Scowsky?) I REALLY DO NOT THE NAME?!?! If only there were subtitles that existed here. Help me with what it is. I do like how the referee stretches his neck and head inside the loudspeaker still shouting.
The bell then rings in which the match begins. Porky then starts to "whoop" with fear and that is actually Mel Blanc's voice heard there. Although Mel would say his "first voice" was something else but Blanc's minor part was part here as it's just the same woo-woo sounds on what Daffy makes in early cartoons. Porky Pig then starts to hold onto the edges of the canvas until he is bounced off by force from the tough rival fighter of him.
Porky Pig manages to escape but Mad Mountain then jumps on him trying to wring his arms but Porky manges to escape while the player accidentally wrestles himself clicking his head, trying to twist his ankle, etc. He's even in pain banging on the canvas not realising what he is doing to himself. He continues to bang on the table until a local (who is leaning on the edge of the wooden floorboard) then catapults with is pipe flying out of his mouth and landing into the wrestler's mouth.
The referee then starts to make a jump by running off as well as Porky. Eventually; the referee and Porky then form the line of the locomotive steam-train which is at least rather funny. Here Carl Stalling is playing the music of California, Here I Come and uses roughly two minutes of that entire song for the short to get the comic actions right. Even that shot of the bell with making the locomotive bell sounds is worth a laugh. Avery at this point isn't trying to make a charming short at all but is focusing on how to make an audience laugh.
It clearly doesn't make sense but that was the goal for what Avery is using for the gag which is still rather funny in its ways. The take of the dog from looking out the window is rather funny and the fact he grabs out his suitcase and leaves the arena. Porky has now completely lost track of the train track sequence in which he is on his own still thinking he's a train and making a complete tool of himself.
They also start to fly around the arena just like an airplane and the animation is very impressive as it looks very realistic. Porky, rather dazed then starts to look up as he screams at the wrestler and removes a patch from under the canvas and runs under it just like running under a rug. The wrestler then starts to kick Porky under the rug until he slides down with his head popping up from the pole holding the canvas as it's very funny, but very funny use of the "impossible things". The wrestler then starts to whack Porky on the head but Porky shoots out from the other part of the pole and knocks out the wrestler.