Drunken fish singing “Moonlight Bay” was one of the highlights of Porky’s Duck Hunt, a 1937 cartoon from Tex Avery’s unit at Warner Bros. Chuck Jones and writer Tedd Pierce picked up on the gag and expanded it eight years later in Trap Happy Porky. Instead of fish, we get cats.
Porky thinks he’s solved the problem by buying a bulldog to get rid of the cats. That’s not quite what happens. Porky hears a noise. Smear animation time.
And we don’t quite get an Avery take, but we get the kind Jones was comfortable with.
Porky’s reaction to us.
And he joins in as the iris closes.
Ken Harris, Bobe Cannon and Ben Washam had been sharing rotating animation credits in the Jones unit during 1944 and into ‘45. Washam gets it in this cartoon. Whether Cannon had left Warners by this time, I don’t know. Lloyd Vaughan would start getting screen credit after this cartoon was made and he was called upon to do smear animation.