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Fish Tales Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1936 7235.
MPAA: 2228
60

A Vitaphone Production
 featuring Porky Pig

Fish Tales On Video!  Fish Tales BCDB Rating: 2 out of 5 stars (2/5 stars from 8 users.)

Fish Tales 6 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Matthew Hunter, November 21, 2001

This is probably Jack King's best work for Warners, save for maybe "Alpine Antics", a Beans cartoon. Porky Pig goes fishing, and after having problems with his boat he falls asleep while fishing. Porky dreams that a big, ugly fish casts a line into Porky's boat, and Porky grabs the bait (a donut, of course.) The fish reels him in and strips off his clothes like scales, then takes him home to his ugly fish family to be cooked. After some struggle, Porky is subdued and stuck in the oven, where the flames dance around him (only in a cartoon, underwater dancing flames.) Porky escapes, but then has to contend with other sea creatures, including an octopus and a swordfish. He gets out of the water and back onto his boat, then wakes up. Porky, frightened by his fream, throws his catches back and zooms back to shore, apparently swearing off of fishing. If you're an anti-fishing person, this is the cartoon for you. Otherwise, it's still well animated and an interesting piece of work, definitely scary if not all that funny. Notice that this is an essentially pantomime cartoon, Porky hardly speaks at all, and the fish, except for the laughing kid, are silent. There are THREE versions of this cartoon, a hand-traced color version, an original Black and White, and a computer colorized version. -Matthew
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Buddy's Beer Garden Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1933 5986 28
A Vitaphone Production
 featuring Buddy, Cookie

Buddy's Beer Garden On Video!  Buddy's Beer Garden BCDB Rating: 3.6 out of 5 stars (3.6/5 stars from 5 users.)

Buddy's Beer Garden 6 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Matthew Hunter, November 21, 2001

Possibly one of Buddy's best cartoons. Buddy is the owner of a bar, (note that this cartoon was created at the end of prohibition.) Funny gags involving Buddy and his customers. Stupid, I know, but funny anyway, is a gag featuring two talking beer mugs: "Watch what you're doin' ya mug!""Don't call me a mug, you mug!" Also watch for the dachshund. -Matthew
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Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land Unknown Tag: 'pic_title'
1931 5025 4
A Hugh Harman-Rudolf Ising Production...
 featuring Piggy, Fluffy, Uncle Tom, Villain, Skeletons, Alligator

Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land On Video!  Hittin' The Trail For Hallelujah Land BCDB Rating: 4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7/5 stars from 335 users.)

Hittin' the Trail for Hallelujah Land 6 out of 5 stars

Reviewed by: Matthew Hunter, November 20, 2001

Piggy, a pig, and his girlfriend on an adventure along the Mississippi River. While these have got to be among the ugliest cartoon characters ever created, and with very little personality, this is a very good cartoon. The music is particularly catchy, and this is unusually event-packed, there are multiple subplots at once. The short opens with a black chorus singing the title song on a cartoony riverboat, with Piggy as the captain. Piggy's girlfriend, escorted by her servant Uncle Tom, joins him on the riverboat. Then the plot splits off-Uncle Tom falls asleep at the horse and falls into a haunted graveyard, and Piggy and the girl make music on the boat.Tom has to face murderous ghosts ("You're hittin' the trail for hallelujia land!") and finally runs away, falling in the river. Piggy sees him and goes to rescue him, having touble with an alligator along the way. (A funny gag has the pig jumping from the boat, with his mickey mouse-like shorts remaining in place, then "rewinding" back into his pants and jumping again.) While Piggy is preoccupied, a villain runs off with the girl. Piggy stops the villain (quite painfully) and everyone goes away happy (except for the villain.)
The reason we don't see this anymore is due to its black content, with Uncle Tom as a slave in the old South, depicted as easily frightened and superstitious. True, this is a bit offensive, but if it is ignored, so is some great animation, writing, and music. If you're interested and you ever find this available, don't hesitate to get it.
-Matthew
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