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"It CAN happen... here. Population, 100 nuts and a squirrel."
—Signpost on the border of Wackyland.

Porky In Wackyland is a 1938 Looney Tunes short, directed by Bob Clampett and written by an uncredited Warren Foster. The short has Porky Pig going off on a quest to Darkest Africa to find the legendary Do-Do bird, for a cash reward of 4000,000,000,000note . Upon arriving, he discovers the Do-Do's homeland: Wackyland, an unbelievably insane place where nothing makes sense and anything can happen. All in all, the short winds up being one really, really strange ride.

The color remake, Dough for the Do-Do, which was directed by Friz Freleng and released in 1949, is the version most viewers are familiar with simply because it was a more attractive version to air on colored television during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. However there's also a computer colorized version of "Porky in Wackyland" that aired on Nickelodeon and later Cartoon Network in the 1990's and the early 2000's.


The film has a spot on both The 50 Greatest Cartoons and The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes lists, and it has also been inducted into the National Film Registry.

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  • Anti-Climax: In the beginning when it seems like the first monster that Porky encounters is about to attack him it turns out to be a very prissy monster and promptly walks off.
  • Butt-Monkey: Porky Pig's confrontations with the Do-do are very one sided, thanks in part to that the Do-Do is an experienced Reality Warper. It's not until the end when he disguises himself as a newsboy (or, in "Dough for the Do-Do", a do-do himself) that he is actually able to catch him.
  • Cloudcuckooland
  • Darkest Africa: It's right after Dark Africa and Darker Africa.
  • Deranged Animation: Quite possibly the Trope Codifier. While far from the first weird, off the wall cartoon, it's certainly one of the most iconic uses of it.
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  • Dumb Dodo Bird: The Do-Do, although it doesn't look much like the original dodo and is far from dumb.
  • Extra! Extra! Read All About It!: At the beginning.
  • He Went That Way: When Porky asks a goggily eyed resident with a candle on his head where the Dodo is he says this and his many arms point in different directions.
  • It Runs on Nonsensoleum: Pretty much anything that exists within Wackyland.
  • Just for Pun: The titular Rubber (Marching) Band.
  • Last of His Kind: The Do-Do. Subverted at the end, where dozens of Do-Dos pop out.
    Do-Dos: [in "Dough for the Do-Do"] Yes, sir! He's got the last Do-Do!
  • Logo Joke: See the picture.
  • Looney Tunes in the '30s
  • Misplaced Wildlife: The real-life dodo was native to Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean just east of Madagascar, not the African mainland as shown here. Of course, this is Looney Tunes, and Rule of Funny is in full effect. Also, seeing as it is spelled Do-Do, it might just be a different species.
  • Mix-and-Match Critters: Porky runs into a creature that is half cat and half dog, which is constantly fighting with itself.
  • Named by the Adaptation: The Do-Do has no real name in the cartoon. Decades later, the video game Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal gave his full name as Yo-Yo the Do-Do.
  • Not Rare Over There: See above.
  • Population: X, and Counting: The population of Wackyland according to a sign is "100 nuts and a Squirrel".
  • Reality Warper: The Do-Do.
  • Remake: 1949's Dough for the Do-Do by Friz Freleng, made with most of the original animation included note , but with updated, Dali-esque backgrounds, an entirely new soundtrack, and new scenes.
  • Screwy Squirrel: The Do-Do.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The title is an obvious play on Alice In Wonderland.
    • The Do-Do bird and exotic setting were inspired by a 1930 Charlie Bowers stop motion film, Its a Bird.
    • The "It Can Happen Here" line on the signpost is a reference to the 1935 book "It Can't Happen Here."
    • Among the residents of Wackyland is a duck who is imitating Al Jolson's famous "Mammy!" number from The Jazz Singer.
    • One of the "monsters" in Wackyland is a three-headed goon who's heads slap and poke each other while babbling incoherently. Guess who they look like?
    Tiny creature: He says his mother was scared by a pawnbroker's sign!
    • The scene where Porky is lured into an underground trap by a creature with a candle on his head is a reference to Fleischer Studios' Bimbo's Initiation.
    • The backgrounds in "Dough for the Do-Do" are directly lifted from paintings by Salvador Dalí.
  • Species Lost and Found: The Do-Do, along with dozens more of his kind at the end. Apparently, Wackyland is where they all went.
  • Spell My Name with a "The": The Do-Do, apparently. The video game Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal lists his official name as Yo-Yo the Do-Do, however.
  • Stock Footage: Some of the footage in this cartoon was later recycled for another Bob Clampett short: Tin Pan Alley Cats.
  • Surreal Humor
  • Travel Montage: The line on the map variety.
  • Twist Ending: There are actually DOZENS of Do-dos living in Wackyland.
  • Wackyland: Trope Maker and Trope Namer.

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