Saturday, 7 July 2012
175. Get Rick Quick Porky (1937)
Release date: August 28, 1937.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Bob Clampett.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Mel Blanc (Porky Pig), Earle Hodgins (Honest John Gusher) and Cal Howard (Gabby Goat).
Animation: Chuck Jones.
Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling.
Sound: Treg Brown (uncredited).
Synopsis: Porky and Gabby try to get rich quick by striking oil which was initially a scam trick by a hustler.
I think that it is Cal Howard that voices Gabby in this cartoon as his voice sounds a little different but I'm not sure. At this point; after 'Porky's Badtime Story' Clampett and his peers were writing their own stories for the Porky Pig cartoons. This cartoon is also the final appearance of Gabby Goat.
THIS LOVELY LOT CONTAINING LOTS AND LOTS OH! ~ JUST OODLES OF OIL! The word "oil" then starts to drip down as we find an oil land hustler standing next to the sign dressing rather dandy, rather rich and uses a cigarette holder to smoke.
A car full of oil then starts to drive past as the driver asks the hustler, "Hey chief, where do I deliver this oil?" The hustler then replies, "Right along here my good friend" as he points with his stick to the direction of where the oil needs to go at. I'm not sure if the oil hustler is meant to be a reference to someone but the fast toned voice sounds like as though it could be referencing a celebrity of the time but maybe it's just a voice of what a hustler would just sound like. The oil hustler then grabs out a hose in which he places the hose for the oil to go inside the sprinkler system which is a way to cheat his way of getting rich quick.
We find that Porky and Gabby are walking to the bank as Porky is holding a bag of their money. Gabby then starts to yell at Porky on why taking money to the bank and not buy a new car or travel to Europe. Porky replies, "No, I'm going to stock my dough and get 2%". As they walk up the steps to the bank; they are stopped by the oil hustler who introduces himself to both of them. Gabby sounds much more different than he did in Porky and Gabby or Porky's Badtime Story as he was voiced by Blanc in those cartoons but here I don't think he is voiced by Blanc here but I think it was probably by story man Cal Howard but I'm not too sure - does anyone have evidence on this? Keith Scott? Anyone?
Honest John Gusher as he's been identified speaks too fast like 24/7. Honest John Gusher then convinces Porky and Gabby as he pushes them away from the bank and over to the ditch where he convinces them to dig for oil in which they'll get rich quick. Honest John Gusher then goes to say they don't have to take his word but I can't tell exactly so I'm not going to go through everything he says but I get the gist of what is being said. Honest John Gusher then proves to Porky and Gabby as he prods his walking stick to the ground as a small fountain of oil flows out to show the soil has enough for them to get rich quick.
The hustler then hand over the deed to Porky and Gabby for them to sign the deal to get rich quick. Porky is a little unnerved about signing the contract but Gabby convinces Porky to sign it stating, "We'll never get a chance like this". The hustler then points to where it ought to be signed. Porky Pig then makes a mark on the deed which is an 'X' mark which is a rather funny gag that probably suggests they can't write or too lazy to write their full name as he would just write a simple 'X' symbol. After the deal has been made; it meant that the hustler took their bag of money in order to strike oil in which would supposedly be a cunning trick to scam their money to strike oil - what a bastard!! Porky and Gabby are rather excited to start with the job as they grab out digging tools in order for a huge oil strike.
Meanwhile as they are starting to dig for oil, a dog then walks into the area where they are still digging rather curious as to what is being seen. As the digging still continues; Porky is digging the soil off-screen but you find once he's digging that a bone pops out which eagers the dog. There is some pretty solid character animation of the dog watching what is being dog as you feel he has got the personality of a dog; like Pluto in the Disney cartoons. The dog then starts to walk off with the bone and then does what all dogs would do - bury their bone. So the dog then buries the bone underground for safe keeping.
There are multiple tiny oil squirts that happen in which the dog tries to stop the oil in which the dog starts to go into these interesting swirls which makes the pacing and comic timing much more fun to watch as Clampett is making his cartoons fun to watch and you can tell he's committed to animation even when he first started directing. After the dog believes that he has solves the problem by standing on each oil flow with arms and legs; the dog starts to pant happily. The oil is so intense that it starts to squirt and the dog is standing on air with the dog having a bit of a worried face wanting to get back down.
Some very funny animation pops up as the drill then drills it's way out of the soil from the other side and floats on air as the drill is in control of Gabby and the 'Merry-Go-Round Broke Down' is heard in the background. The drill then stops drilling once it touches the ground again in which he starts to shout at the drill to Porky. The drill continues again as Gabby continues to dig deeper to the ground burying the soil. Porky then starts to worry about Gabby underground asking, "Are you alright?" Gabby is underground as he replies; "What do you think?" which is of course a direct "no".
After that bit of fun with Gabby and the drill; we return to the dog again who is seen in the ditch slouching rather bored. The dog is sitting down fiddling with the bone with his hand. That is some very solid character animation of the dog moving the bone - good to study if you're learning to be an animator or studying animation.
Meanwhile a gopher from underground then starts to whistle to the dog and hides underground to get the dog's attention. The dog then starts to stand up rather happy there is a hole buried to place the bone as the dog couldn't find any area to bury the bone safely. The dog then drops the bone to the ground but the bone throws itself up. The dog throws the bone back into the ground but then the dog starts to move weirdly (and that animation is rather enjoyable). The dog covers the bone to the ground so that the gopher wouldn't have luck in throwing the bone back to the surface. The dog looks over to check but the gopher whacks the dog in the nose.
After being whacked on the nose the dog then starts to pant happily as the gopher pops back with the bone. The gopher decides to perform some magic tricks with the bone. The gopher then starts to push the bone down so that it disappears. The dog is rather curious of the tricks and finds that the bone has disappeared from the gopher's hand. The gopher then grabs out the bone out of the dog's ear as the trick has been finished.
Although that magic is rather typical; but the animation of that was rather appealing. The music for the magic scene in the background is of course; She Was an Acrobat's Daughter. The dog is rather surprised as to find the bone inside the gopher's ear. The gopher then buries the bone under a small pile; the dog points to himself whether he can pick up the bone and the gopher nods. The dog digs to the ground to grab his bone but is conned by the gopher as some oil squirts straight to the dog's face. After the dog's face is covered in oil; the gopher then opens the dog's mouth and takes the bone out. The dog has been tricked once again. The dog is annoyed again for being tricked by the gopher and ends up breaking down into tears. All the clever things that gopher does.
Porky Pig continues to dig for more in which suddenly finds that he has bit a bar in which oil is squirted at his eye. Honest John Gusher then walks over to Porky Pig trying to act as though he knows nothing of the problem
Honest John Gusher: What's the matter, sonny boy? You aren't discouraged, are you?
Porky Pig: You're just a crook and I want my money back!
Honest John Gusher: Well, if that's the way you feel about you just give me back the deed.
Porky Pig has already realized of the hustler's crooked scheme which was to rip off his money as a trick to get rich quick.
Underground we find that Gabby Goat has got the drill and is very close to struck the amount of oil. Porky Pig is just about to return the deed to the hustler which is another part of the crooked scene; as he's only given a dollar. I like how Clampett has organized the shots and climaxes for this part: Gabby is very close to be striking oil and Porky is very going to be giving away the deed. Once the hustler just touched the deed in return - UREKA! Oil strikes. There is a huge amount of oil shooting straight up to the sky even reaching as tall as the city buildings. They're rich now. You can hear a little bit of 'We're in the Money' in the background with the shot of oil striking.
As the fighting still continues; Gabby is still being controlled by that powerful drill in which he ends up moving at weird and funny positions. The drill then moves inside. Honest John Gusher is in pain as he screams from the drill that is hitting his rear end. Porky and Gabby are trying to stay on top of the oil but are about to slip and slide down which would be rather dangerous. They end up slipping from the oil as they land and hit the ground. Porky thinks he is holding the deed as he shouts, "Look I got it, I got it!" but instead Porky is holding a bone by mistake. Porky continues to point but ends up pointing slowly realizing that he's holding a dog's bone and not the deed which is also good character animation.
Porky and Gabby are now in a little shock as they can't find the deed so they have evidence on where they could sign the oil. Immediately after that shock there is a dig under the ground that features the same gopher that performs magic tricks. The gopher then pushes the bone down but forms it back to form the deed. Porky is about to take the deed, but the gopher hides it back asking, "Partner?" Porky accepts in which the gopher then rips up the deed so they get their share. The gopher then ends the cartoon looking at the audience - and that's the cartoon, folks.
The dog however in my opinion is another ripoff to Pluto but at least the dog has character personality which is interesting to watch; and that watching the dog getting conned by the gopher makes the sequence also interesting. I wonder if the gopher was created to try and appeal to an audience; like the way it happened to Daffy Duck in Porky's Duck Hunt - I may be wrong but just a theory. This is the final appearance of Gabby in this cartoon; and I feel that it would be enough we would've seen of Gabby Goat as he may have an annoying voice but was rather funny being grouchy but I feel that 3 cartoons starring would be enough and of course Porky Pig would continue to be a star for many years - but I feel so far in the 1930s Clampett has made the best Porkies but that doesn't mean I'm an immediate Clampett fanboy just because of that. Each director has got their own unique style back then which I do appreciate in some ways.