Quick cutting and imaginative layouts highlight Frank Tashlin’s Porky’s Poultry Plant, released in 1936. But there’s also an effect he pulls off I really like.
The villain of the cartoon is a chicken hawk.
When the hawk quickly swoops down on the hens and their chicks, Tashlin turns it into speed lines.
Then Tashlin treats the menace in shadow form.
The Warner’s orchestra highlights the hawk scenes with dramatic music. Carl Stalling reached back into his silent film days to use “Furioso No. 2” by J.S. Zamecnik, the movie sheet music machine from the 1910s and ‘20s.
All this makes up for a pretty weak opening, weighed down by Joe Dougherty’s humourless stutter as Porky Pig (is Martha Wentworth the hen?). Still, it’s miles and miles ahead of anything Jack King had turned out for the studio that year.
Don Williams and Volney White are the credited animators.