Porky owns a bakery. A hungry fly stares in through the window, as a bee shows up and tells him he should just go for it. The bee enters and at first intimidates Porky; when Porky finally ...
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Porky owns a bakery. A hungry fly stares in through the window, as a bee shows up and tells him he should just go for it. The bee enters and at first intimidates Porky; when Porky finally gets angry enough to try swatting the bee, the bee electrifies the flyswatter. The bee then coaches the fly: with a little help from the trash bin, the fly is soon disguised as a bee himself. But the costume falls off the first time the fly faces Porky, and the fly finds himself on the wrong end of the swatter. The bee returns for a dinner snack, only to find the angry fly wielding the swatter.Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
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 featuring Porky Pig, 'Porky's Pastry Pirates' is a decent, above average effort from him. But it is not one of his best in a period where he was not yet in his prime (the 50s which saw a number of classics and a stronger and more refined directing style) and not quite yet hit his stride.
He still directs very capably though, if not exactly refined or distinctive yet. Porky is likeable and amusing enough, if bland and underused compared to his opponents, here the bee is the most interesting and funniest character.
The story is basic and could have done with more energy.
On the other hand, Mel Blanc and Kent Rogers's voice acting is impeccable, with Rogers having the meatiest material.
Animation is excellent, it's fluid in movement, crisp in shading and very meticulous in detail. There are a fair share of amusing and well times parts, though nothing quite hilarious. Enough of the energy is lively, just wish this was maintained all the way through. The bakery setting is made the most of.
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, decent but both Porky and Freleng have done much better. 6/10 Bethany Cox
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