Film / You Ought to Be in Pictures

A very interesting short made during The Golden Age of Animation, this groundbreaking Looney Tunes short from 1940, directed by Friz Freleng, is one of the earliest well-executed attempts at the Roger Rabbit Effect (the effect to make it look as if cartoon characters are interacting with live-action actors). While there were many attempts at this before and during The Silent Age of Animation, the technology was far too crude for it to be truly convincing. This short, however, takes it to levels that would only be surpassed by Who Framed Roger Rabbit decades later.

The plot of the short follows Porky Pig and Daffy Duck, who are Animated Actors that reside at the cartoon studio "Termite Terrace". During lunch time, Daffy, wanting to become the star of the studio and usurp Porky's fame, tricks Porky into tearing up his contract with Leon Schlesinger and leave to try and make it big on his own in another studio. Hilarity, naturally, ensues.


  • As Himself: Looney Tunes producer Leon Schlesinger.
  • Attention Whore: The reason Daffy wants to get rid of Porky.
  • Beware the Nice Ones: This short includes one of the rare moments where Porky Pig gets angry, and gives Daffy a No-Holds-Barred Beatdown.
  • Conspicuously Light Patch: The live-action Stage 7 door becomes a hand-drawn cartoon door when Porky opens it during his escape from the guard. The flurry of papers Porky pulls out of the wastebin at the end also count, including his contract itself (which is a live-action contract otherwise).
    • The scenes in which the live actors physically interact with the 'toons are noticeably blurrier (most of the shots otherwise have them acting against still photographs) due to the double-exposure to make the magic happen.
  • Creator Cameo: Numerous Looney Tunes staff made cameos in this film:
    • Producer Leon Schlesinger appears As Himself in the cartoon.
    • Among the staffers running out of the studio for lunch is directors Chuck Jones and Bob Clampett.
    • Writer Mike Maltese appears as the studio security guard (although his voice is dubbed over by Mel Blanc).
    • Animator Gerry Chiniquy plays the studio director who calls for the stage to be quiet (though like with Mike, his voice is dubbed over by Mel Blanc). Staffers Henry Binder and Paul Marin make cameos, and Henry is the stagehand who throws Porky off the set.
  • "I Want" Song: Daffy gets one in which he begs Schlesinger to give him a larger role.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: At one point, Porky pretends to be Oliver Hardy.
  • No-Holds-Barred Beatdown: Porky gives an offscreen one to Daffy near the end. He's covered in bandages the next time we see him.
  • Non-Speaking Voice: With the exception of Leon Schlesinger, all of the live actors are dubbed by Mel Blanc.
  • Real Life Writes the Plot: Friz allegedly based the events of the short off of a real life event where he briefly left the Warner Bros. cartoon studio to get a job at MGM. Unfortunately, the only work he got there was on the schlocky The Captain And The Kids shorts, which he hated. As soon as his contract expired, he went right back to Leon's studio, using this real life event as the basis for this cartoon.
  • Roger Rabbit Effect: A milestone in the technique.
  • Titled After the Song: From the 1930s song "You Oughta Be in Pictures", which is even used as the shorts opening theme.
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Alternative Title(s): You Ought To Be In Pictures