-->''"...you don't know why you should learn the Pledge of Allegiance?"''

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'''''Old Glory''''' is a [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1939]] [[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]] short directed by [[Creator/ChuckJones Charles M. Jones]], starring WesternAnimation/PorkyPig. This short is notable, if just for being [[SomethingCompletelyDifferent the most un-Warner Bros.-like cartoon ever made]]. It's not loaded to the brim with gags or funny characters, and the subject matter is actually portrayed seriously.

Anyway, the short is centered on a childlike Porky Pig, who, uninterested in learning about the Pledge of Allegiance, lies down for a nap. He is then confronted by a vision of UncleSam, who proceeds to explain to Porky a history of Colonial America, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanRevolution, and the expansion to the Old West, with an allusion to UsefulNotes/AbrahamLincoln at the end.

Essentially, this short is to Merrie Melodies as ''Disney/EducationForDeath'' was to ClassicDisneyShorts (though nowhere near as dark) -- or maybe a less musical ancestor to ''WesternAnimation/SchoolhouseRock''.

This short can be found, restored, on ''Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 2''. It has also made it onto ''Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list.
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!!Tropes:
* AnimationBump: As with Creator/ChuckJones early work, this is one of the most lavishly animated Warner Bros. cartoons. The most notable example is Uncle Sam, who was ''not'' rotoscoped, but animated singlehandedly by none other than RobertMcKimson.
* DatedHistory[=/=]HilariousInHindsight: When the cartoon was released in 1939, the words "under {{God}}" were not in the [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pledge_of_Allegiance Pledge of Allegiance]] until 15 years later. It becomes a bit more hilarious in hindsight yet controversial in 2002 when the Michael Newdow case attempted to have "under God" taken out of the Pledge of Allegiance, but in 2010, the US Supreme Court ruled that "under God" was of a "ceremonial and patriotic nature" and did not constitute an establishment of religion.
** Also, at the time the cartoon was released, Alaska and Hawaii were not US states until 20 years later.
* FollowTheLeader: A blatant example of Jones' early attempts at imitating Disney.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Patrick Henry's challenge of "[[BadassBoast Give me liberty or give me death!]]" is then half-transparent against a cannon firing.
* LargeHam: Some of the expressions and acting are a little overacted.
* OpinionChangingDream: Porky doesn't know why he should learn the Pledge of Allegiance, but after an informative dream he becomes a patriot.
* PatrioticFervor
* {{Rotoscoping}}: Used to animate all of the humans save Uncle Sam. The scene where Patrick Henry gives his famous "Give me liberty" line is traced directly from footage of the 1936 live action short subject "Give Me Liberty".
* SomethingCompletelyDifferent: As mentioned before, this is to Creator/WarnerBros what ''Disney/EducationForDeath'' was to Disney Studios.
* UncleSam
* VerySpecialEpisode: An early, non-series example, in which the lesson learned is how American kids should appreciate their history and take the Pledge of Allegiance seriously.
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