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Porky's Bear Facts (1941)

Porky Pig works hard on his farm all year. On a neighboring farm, a bear lazes around and allows his animals to be idle. The winter comes, and he has nothing to eat.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Bear / Cow / Dog / Mouse (voice)
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Storyline

A variant on the fable of the grasshopper and the ants: Porky is a hardworking farmer, while his neighbor, a bear, sings "working can wait" (as do all his animals). Winter comes, and the only scrap of food in his drafty cabin is a single bean, which a mouse steals. As he stalks his dog past Porky's cabin, he sees the feast on Porky's table and begs to join him. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

29 March 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Quotes

[first lines]
Porky Pig: [singing] # For your long winter needs, / You just plant a few s-seeds. / You must get up and w-work, not sleep. / D-Dig and how. W-Watch them grow. / As ye sew so shall ye r-r-r-reap. #
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Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1968 by having every other frame traced over onto a cel. Each redrawn cel was painted in color and then photographed over a colored reproduction of each original background. Needless to say, the animation quality dropped considerably from the original version with this method. The cartoon was colorized again in 1990, this time with a computer adding color to a new print of the original black and white cartoon. This preserved the quality of the original animation. See more »

Connections

References Ferdinand the Bull (1938) See more »

Soundtracks

Heaven Can Wait
(uncredited)
Music by Jimmy Van Heusen
Lyrics by Edgar De Lange
Sung as "Working Can Wait" by Mel Blanc
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Porky Pig's 'The Grasshopper and the Ants'
6 January 2018 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

A relatively early cartoon from Friz Freleng, 'Porky's Bear Facts' seems to be a loose take featuring Porky Pig on the fable 'The Grasshopper and the Ants'. 'Porky's Bear Facts' may not be one of Freleng's best cartoons (his best period being the 50s, which saw a fair share of classics) or see him on the most top of forms, but it is not one of the finding-his-feet quality of his earlier cartoons, even if his style was stronger and more refined later. It's very nicely done, with amusing and well timed, if never hilarious, moments and also messaging that resonates still today.

Porky is amusing and likeable but rather underused for a titular character. His foil is more interesting and funnier, but admittedly they do work well together.

While a good one, the story is slight and occasionally lacks momentum.

Mel Blanc's voice acting as ever shows how amazing and multi-talented a voice actor he was, showing a knack for bringing an individuality and different personalities to every character he voiced (a vast majority of the time being multiple characters in the same cartoon.

Animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail. Freleng directs solidly.

Ever the master, Carl Stalling's music is typically superb. It is as always lushly orchestrated, full of lively energy and characterful in rhythm, not only adding to the action but also enhancing it.

Overall, very well done though falling short of greatness. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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