Release date: August 24, 1940.
Series: Looney Tunes.
Supervision: Bob Clampett.
Producer: Leon Schlesinger.
Starring: Mel Blanc (Porky Pig/Cat/Whispering Owl/proto-Bugs/Rochester Elevator Boy) and Sara Berner (Receptionist).
Story: Warren Foster.
Animation: Norm McCabe.
Musical Direction: Carl W. Stalling.
Sound: Treg Brown (uncredited).
Synopsis: At a local hospital; a cat patient spots an unwell Porky, and the cat goes his looney ways in attempting to dissect Porky amateurishly and incoherently.
The opening shot of the long-shot sequence of the hospital is also taken directly off The Daffy Doc particularly with the receptionist on the phone. The receptionist on the phone is responding to particularly very lame puns such as "Sir Gerry" (surgery), as well as other names such as "Mr. Cyclops".
Clampett mainly is engaged with particularly unfunny puns throughout the cartoon; as the opening title card, for example mentions as a parody, 'Adapted from the famous book "The Pains Came" which is an obvious, though an amusing pun for The Rains Came. I was particularly usual for this era where Clampett would like to just poke fun for the sake of it where he'd come up with a ridiculous parody title for a book; and try too hard on that gag.
More puns which could loosely appear in a Tex Avery spot-gag; features particular patients in the ward. A sickly owl is in bed, and his ailment is 'loss of voice', but as for the symptom: 'He just doesn't give a hoot!'...rather generic, I'd say.
Mel Blanc, though pulls off a great performance of the owl who responds to the doctor, 'I can't talk above a whisper'. Dr. Chris Chun responds, 'You can't what'..and the owl bellows: 'I CAN'T TALK ABOVE A WHISPER'...which is a great satirical scene full of energy as well as looney-tooney. The next gag featuring the dog with a cast, calling for the doctor's attention, is another gag which feels set-up as a very Avery-ish spotgag. He inspects the bone, and admits it is 'knitting up'; where the X-Ray reveals the bones formed as hands knitting back together.
The cat himself also gives himself a pun-like name to disguise Porky as a qualified doctor, named Dr. Chilled-Air; which is referencing Dr. Kildare. The character is very funny another trickster which has a very Clampett-esque personality which he used in his characters, where he is portrayed as nuts and mischievous.
A couple of Clampett's gag also appear to work rather cleverly and subtle in some cases. During the elevator sequence with a Rochester parody of the elevator boy, which takes place in the opening, he does through the first three floors chronologically in the form of the first three letters of the alphabet.
In the first floor, he lists out particular places for treatments beginning with the letter 'A': ague, asthma, anemia, arthritis, etc.; with the second floor, starting with 'B': beriberi, biliousness, bronchitis, bends, etc.
He exaggerates it even further to the letter 'C' before breaking off with his standard 'Mmm-mm'. Clampett also puts another pun rather visually and wonderfully when the proto-Bugs Bunny, if you insist on that being, rushes to the hospital hallway of a blackboard which has recorded the number of births for particular animals, with rabbits standing out a lot more with 490. The proto-Bugs rushes out as he remarks 'Not anymore', and adds up to 750; which is an amusing, subtle pun of how 'rabbits multiply'.
If you look carefully at the design of Bugs over at the blackboard; the 'prototype' Bugs actually shows a slight combination of the Bob Givens design which was used from A Wild Hare as well as using the voice which was used in Hare-Um Scare-Um as well as hopping around like a lunatic in a Hardaway style.
Clampett gives Porky some slightly longer screen-footage time where Porky steps in through the remainder part of the cartoon; particularly in close-ups (likely animated by Norm McCabe) where he is portrayed as unwell, though this action remains very much precise from 'Daffy Doc'
...where he attempts to avoid being cut in half by the wacky cat. The whacky cat himself has a similar persona towards Daffy Duck from the former cartoon; where it is evidenced from the line as he grabs Porky and shouts, 'Hey, look fellas, I got a patient! I got a patient!'; in a looney-tooney matter. Even earlier in the cartoon he tricks hippo patient from by tickling and disturbing him as he places the tip of his finger to roll through his stomach.
Clampett still is engaged with a popular song chorus during the climatic sequence which does weaken the cartoon's atmosphere where the Clampett energy; deteriorates into a useless vocal groups who sing in substitute lyrics from We're Working Our Way Through College...which is particularly frustrating when watching a Clampett cartoon from a particular era where a lot of his energy and effort was lacking.
After proceeding into the house; Clampett reaches to the final conclusion; which although is particularly looney, but very sadistical, as Porky's plan to halt the operation with a sticker reading 'Do Not Open 'Till Xmas'. Confused, the cat responds: 'Christmas?!' as he proceeds to rush next to Porky in bed, and decides 'I'll wait'..where you feel particularly sorry for Porky in an amusing matter.
In conclusion; Patient Porky, is sort-of a remake of a Clampett effort, The Daffy Doc. The concept is generally similar to both cartoons, although the gags as well as the situations work particularly differently. The cat, is indeed a patient, but without any reason, decided to dissect poor Porky feeling unwell, which takes the short to the extreme. The previous cartoon, is without doubt very much superior to this cartoon; whereas this short only clocks in at just 6 minutes, making it particularly very short in terms of its total time. In all, I find it is a particularly better effort for Clampett's 1940 entries; as the cat was particularly amusing, even with a similar Daffy Duck persona, as well as the sleazy Mel Blanc voice..though the amusing character as well as the delivery ends up deteriorate into lame puns as well as the very brief song sequence. Not a bad Clampett effort, overall.