Since Al Jolson was Warner Bros. first big sound-era star (arguably, Jolie’s “The Jazz Singer” saved the studio) , it’s appropriate that he’s parodied in a bunch of cartoons released by the studio.
Jolson is a stick figure in “Porky’s Preview,” a Tex Avery cartoon released in 1941.
“The leaves are brown, came tumbling down, remember?”
“In September in the Rain.”
“Spring is here and it’s September, that’s what it is. Build it up, play it!”
And because Porky “drew” the cartoon, it has a lousy looking iris-out. Why would Porky draw an iris? Because, shucks, he’s an artist.
In a way, it’s fitting Jolson isn’t the star of this cartoon. By 1941, his starring role days in films were over and he wouldn’t have another radio series for a few years. It was the huge success of “The Jolson Story” (1946) that brought him back into the public eye, where he stayed until his death in 1950.
Virgil Ross gets the animation credit. Bob McKimson, Sid Sutherland and Rod Scribner would have been in the unit as well.