Monday, 5 March 2018

Another Inside Joke

Melvin (Tubby) Millar was a mainstay on the writing staff in the 1930s and into World War Two. He was the pride of Portis, Kansas. A number of references to both Millar and Portis can be found hidden in the backgrounds of Warner Bros. cartoons.

Here’s one from Billboard Frolics (1935). It’s nice to know Three Star Millar is distilled in Portis.

Whether Tubby drank, I don’t know, but people in animation were known to imbibe when the occasion arose back then.

1 comment:

  1. In Frank Tashlin's "The Case of the Stuttering Pig"-one of Porky's brothers is named "Portis"!Perhaps Tubby worked on the story.