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Porky's Road Race
(Tash, 1937)
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Sign of Katz
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A Katz Sighting   Behind Porky is a sign which says "Katz" - another reference to Ray Katz.

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Borax and Portis

How far to Portis? The small town of Portis, Kansas appears again - this time on the wall behind "Borax Karoff". The sign reads "Portis 208 Miles".
Note that there are also a pair of license plates on the wall nearby (not shown here) which are for the states of Kansas and Nebraska. Portis is in Kansas and is close to Nebraska and is the hometown of Melvin Millar. Here's a picture of the monument the town of Portis made to honor Millar.
Portis was also mentioned in "Bingo Crosbyana", "Porky's Pet", "Porky in the North Woods", "Sniffles and the Bookworm" and "The Case of the Stuttering Pig".

Porky's Romance
(Tashlin, 1937)
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Just married
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Pig's Plates   As the new couple drives off, the license plate is a number, 130013. However, the 1 and 3 are very close together which makes them look like a letter "B". That turns the number into a word: "BOOB".

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Getting Warmer
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Warmer Bros.   This newsreel begins with a "Warmer Bros." title card. This play on the name "Warner Bros." appears in other cartoons including The Film Fan (1939), Porky's Movie Mystery (1939) and Hollywood Daffy (1946).

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Purse Power   In this little scene there is a purse with the initials J.W. - possibly refering to the studio head Jack Warner - the true holder of the purse strings around there...

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Warmer Again
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It's Back!   As the film within a film begins there is another "Warmer Bros." title card.

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Giving Credits
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The Cast of Characters   These are fun to read.... take a look.

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That's All In the background of the scene there are some signs - one lists the available drinks: Tom Collins, Straight Whisky and Gin Fizz then closes with the line "That's All Folks" - a line which is rather familiar to any fan of LT&MM films.

Porky's Railroad
(Tashlin, 1937)
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His Ship Comes In?
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Leon's Ship?   The drawbridge rises to let the "S.S. Leon" pass by. Looks like yet another Leon Schlesinger reference to me.

Porky's Garden
(Avery, 1937)
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Jones' Seeds?
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He's got the seeds?   The chick is next to a spinach seed package which says "Jones Garden Seeds" along the bottom.

Porky's Double Trouble
(Tashlin, 1937)
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Katz' Girls
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Katz and the Girls   Ray Katz is immortalized on a building called the "Katz School For Girls". They never explain why it is closed...

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Today's Headlines

What's Up? There are a few hidden items in the newspaper. First of all, the paper is for "Porkysville. Thoisday Octember". Secondly, one headline declares that "Police Reported to be in Hiding". And finally, the weather summary is "Weather Very Unusual".

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The Wheel Thing?

What's Up, Hub? If you look closely at the hubcap on this car it says "LA Leon" - an apparent reference to Leon Schlesinger.

Porky's Hero Agency
(Clampett, 1937)
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Picket Fence
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Termite Terrace Staff   The line of people turned to stone include (from left to right) Lu Guarnier, Robert Cannon, John Carey, Ernest Gee, Bob Clampett, and Chuck Jones.

Porky At The Crocadero
(Tashlin, 1938)
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OnThe Wire
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Managing Western Bunion   If you look carefully you find the management team's names for the wire company. It lists Melvin Millar as "President", Volney White as "President of the Board" and Bob Bentley as "First Vice President". Melvin Millar is a writer while the other two men are animators.

Porky's 5 & 10
(Clampett, 1937)
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Special Sardines   The sardines in this scene aren't just any old sardine - they are Cannon Brand Sardines. This would be inspired by Robert Cannon, one of the animators.

Porky's Phoney Express
(Howard & Dalton, 1938)
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Need a ride?
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Looking for more horsepower?  On the wall of the pony express office is a sign saying "Wanted Model T, New or Used".

Now That Summer Is Gone
(Tashlin, 1938)
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What's that say?
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Kosher Nuts  One squirrel is inspecting nuts and stamps the good ones with some Hebrew characters for "kosher". The symbol at right is a "kaf," which is pronounced like "C", in the middle is a "shin," which sounds like "SH", and at left there's a "reish," which sounds like "R". So, reading from right to left, it says kosher.
[Thanks to David Gerstein for the Hebrew lesson :) ].

Porky The Fireman
(Tashlin, 1938)
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It's Tonight!
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Looney Sign   On the fence behind the firetruck there is a sign advertising "Opera House Tonight: Looney Tunes".

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Porky - behind you!

A familar name   Behind the hard-working fireman Porky, there's a reference to the writer of the cartoon, Melvin "Tubby" Millar. One of the buildings reads "Millar's Dry Goods".

Katnip Kollege
(Dalton & Howard, 1938)
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Prof Dalton?
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The Dalton Statue  Behind the cool cats is a statue which says "Prof. Dalton 1908". This would seem to be a reference to one of the directors, Cal Dalton. Why 1908? Most likely because Cal Dalton was born December 2, 1908.

Porky and Daffy
(Clampett, 1938)
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Hello there!
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Meet the director...   There are several staff caricatures hidden in this cartoon. You have to freeze individual frames to see them clearly. At least some of these are similar to the "Picket Line" caricatures in "Porky's Hero Agency". Anyway, in this first caricature, Bob Clampett can be seen peeking out from underneath a punch by the champ.

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Steppin' Out?

What's that you said? The referee lets out an excited cry which when reversed sounds like this. It sounds like he's saying "right out of the box".

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Hi there Porky

Pig in a Punch Inside the flurry of punches you can see Porky for a moment.

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Getting Carey-ed Away

Say "Hi" to all the nice people... The next caricature appears to be a waving John Carey.

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Face it

Mystery Face What appears to be another staff caricature is shown here. However, I'm not sure who this is supposed to be. Note that there appears to be a hand holding a flower under him. Hmm....

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Gee Whiz

A Smiling Gee The final caricature looks like Ernest Gee.






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