Monday, September 07, 2009

Porky and Charlie Dog

Lots to say about this cartoon. Clampett doesn't get credit for many things he should and it just stupifies me.
Like how his cartoons are the most appealing, the cutest - maybe because they're also the wackiest.
He also created Charlie dog, which Chuck Jones later turned into a series and neglected to ever credit Clampett for it.
More later, on the drawings...







http://www.cartoonthrills.org/blog/Clampett/41/porkysPooch/PorkYCharlieClampCute.mov

23 comments:

viince said...

This clip feels very familiar. I think i've seen it before. It's great. And i love the background haha..

Niki said...

John K, did this joke happen in another cartoon later on? I'm pretty sure it did, but I'm also sure I've never seen this before. I don't think they showed it oon the Cartoon Network.

ThomasHjorthaab said...

Hey John

I got a little frustrated, so I tried to go deeper into my construction of my character, but I would like if you'd tell me what you think about my background layouts:)

Sykko stuff

It feels like you have a pretty busy time at the moment, but I would really appreciate it;)
Cause I'm really working hard to get the invitation to your college...

Cheers John, I would love if we someday could meet over a beer and talk cartoon stuff!:D

Matt said...

Why is there a pop in the dog's pose after he says "let's moige!" How did that make it into the final cartoon? Do you think it was intentional?

I love how porky does a 180 at the end, with his lower half still facing to the right. I drew that frame, the same one you posted yesterday.

ThomasHjorthaab said...

ok thanks:)

So I should take a break on my own characters and do some preston blair, WB character constructions instead?
Cause I'm pretty lost about how I'm getting into the college...

Does that also concern the backgrounds I did?

PaulW said...

That's one whacky dog. "I'm a refoogie!"... The whole cartoon is on YouTube if anyone wants to watch it in its entirety. Lots of great scenes, like the dog's eyes and the pancakes! Its great to see such detailed BG's too. An interesting mixture of live and drawn backgrounds.

Thanks.

Paul.

Kenny said...

Thomas, worry less about getting into the cartoon college and more about making solid drawings. There are hundreds of lessons on this blog that I'm sure you haven't attempted yet. And when you do the lessons, the skill comes fast, real fast.

mr paal said...

Ah, Porky is so much cuter here than in 'The Awful Orphan'.

Amazing squeeze on Porky's head before he turns into that smear...mm mmm!

The pancake flipping at the beginning is great & i love the bit at about 2 min where the dog's paw turns into a creepy human hand!

David Germain said...

He also created Charlie dog, which Chuck Jones later turned into a series and neglected to ever credit Clampett for it.

I read that Jones claimed he "rescued" Charlie from Bob Clampett, whatever that means. This is a great cartoon for several reasons. Bob really made the photographic backgrounds work. Also, watch for Charlie mouthing the words "goddamn son of a bitch" at one point.

I believe this cartoon was animated by Bob's old unit, the one Norm McCabe took over. Is that right?

Joseff said...

Hey John! I have some construction practice i want to show you
here Tell me what you think.

Jeremy Brooks said...

Hi John,

Just finished a Porky and Charlie Dog copy and would love to get some feedback if you get some time.

Click here to check it out.

Thanks so much.

-Jeremy

HemlockMan said...

When I was in my 20s my pals and I used to gather to watch cartoons on the then still-new VHS format. We'd blather on and on about who was the best cartoonist. Almost always, the Tex Avery louts would drown out everyone else (I was in that group). I used to feel sorry for the lonely one or two "Clampett" votes. For some reason most of us held some kind of contempt for Clampett, but I'll be damned if I can recall why.

Kali Fontecchio said...

LOVE THAT MAN!


I mean piggly wiggly.

Clampett is the king of cute, I think he does cute in a more appealing way than Disney too. Controversy!

sunny kharbanda said...

Hey John,

I just finished lesson one from your Preston Blair drawing course. Can you please take a look?

Lesson one, part one
Lesson one, part two

I'm really enjoying these exercises!

JSmith said...

Wow. I think you're right here. Clampett's Porky is the cutest one of all! Especially in "Prehistoric Porky". :D

essenmitsosse said...

Hey John, I think I could really use your help. I’ve got the feeling, that I’m somehow stuck. I know that there’s something wrong with my drawings, but I don’t exactly what it is or rather don’t know how to fix it. I try to concentrate on everything you said, but still seem to get something wrong.

I would really appreciate if you could have a look at my stuff and give a hint or two. If written some more about my problem on my drawing exercising blog

mr paal said...

Definitely - for me Clampett's cute looks effortless whereas Disney, sometimes, feels like it's yelling "CUUUUUUTE! DAMMIT! LOOK AT MY MASSIVE FOREHEAD!" etc...

I think 'cute' is at it's strongest/most appealing juuuust before it stumbles over the border into unattractiveness, & Clampett balances on that tightrope perfectly.

John said...

Charlie Dog is one of the best B-list characters, but I hadn't seen this short until recently. Look forward to hearing your thoughts John.

Two new posts (here and here) of my studyin'

Mr. Fun said...

God almighty, I love this cartoon also.

Cute, wacky, zany, funny, charming, visually appealing... great attributes!

When you start watching a WB cartoon and get an instantaneous smile on your face — and it doesn't go away until the Bee-O-WHOOP end credits — you know it's something special.

As usually the case, you single out the great ones and comment. Love it, John and thanks.

Dave Mackey said...

David Germain is correct. The sole credited animator is I. Ellis, who was a mainstay of the Clampett unit in the late 30's/early 40's. Jack Carey may have been in on this one too.

JohnK said...

There would have been about 6 animators. Vive Risto, maybe Jack Bradbury, Norm, and what's the other guy's name?

I'm missing one...

JohnK said...

Don Christianson...and there's still another...damn....

Yowp said...

Dave Hoffman was in Clampett's unit at one time. Was he still at Warners at this point?

Good thing someone drew a line around Porky's waist in that one shot. Otherwise, the censor might have had a word with Leon.

Yowp