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Porky's Party is a 1938 Looney Tunes theatrical cartoon directed by Bob Clampett and starring Porky Pig.

When Porky's birthday arrives, he plans a big party for the occasion. At the same time, he receives a talented little silkworm that makes garments whenever it hears the word 'sew', unfortunately, the majority of its work tends to be ladies' undergarments. Porky's invited friends consist of Penguin, who greedily gobbles down cake and ice cream, and the wacky and silly Goosey. When the silkworm's sewing gets out of hand, Porky tries to dispose of it, only to end up inside Penguin and giving him a top-hat shaped head. As all this is going on, Porky's dog Black Fury ends up getting intoxicated on hair tonic, with his fur growing shaggy, prompting him to shave. However, after putting on shaving cream and being spooked by the electric razor, Black Fury ends up being mistaken by Porky and his guests for a mad dog, leading to a chase around the house.



  • Alcohol Hic: When Black Fury drinks hair tonic, he starts to hiccup in a drunk matter, complete with him saying " Birthday!".
  • Alone with the Psycho: Played with. While hiding in a closet, Porky and Goosey light a match to see that the 'mad dog' is in the closet with them.
  • Bandage Mummy: When Penguin sets off the silkworm one last time, it ends up producing so many garments that he gets wrapped up like a mummy...and still had a top-hat shaped head.
  • Big Eater: As soon as Penguin enters Porky's home, he heads straight for the table and starts eating ice cream.
  • Bowdlerization: When this cartoon aired on Nickelodeon, two parts were edited:
    • The part where Goosey helps Penguin flatten the top hat that keeps growing from his head was shortened (since the scene isn't that offensive or harmfulnote , it can be assumed that the cut made to make room for commercialsnote ).
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    • The part where Porky lights a match in the closet and sees Black Fury in there with him (as Nickelodeon's censors did object to dangerous imitable behavior, such as characters playing with matches).
  • Butt-Monkey: Penguin, with the majority of the gags in the cartoon being at his expense.
  • Cut a Slice, Take the Rest: Penguin cuts a slice of birthday cake...before promptly taking the cake and leaving the slice.
  • Dinner Deformation: Penguin accidentally swallows the silkworm, which then makes a collapsible top hat inside his mouth. It pops into shape, making Penguin's head hat shaped. This becomes a Running Gag throughout the cartoon.
  • Fake Arm Disarm: When Porky shakes hands with Goosey, it's revealed to be a dummy hand. Attached to it is a sign saying "Happy Birthday, Fat Boy!"
  • Fake Rabies: Black Fury tries to shave, but the electric shaver spooks him and he runs out the bathroom with shaving cream still on. Porky sees him and mistakes him for a mad dog.
  • Fun with Homophones: The silkworm sews every time someone says "sew". Unfortunately, it also does it when someone says "so", which turns out to be quite often.
  • Fur Is Clothing: After learning that the 'mad dog' was actually Black Fury, Penguin angrily rolled up his feathers like a sleeve in preparation to let the dog have it while angrily saying 'so'...which ends up triggering the silkworm he had swallowed.
  • Furniture Blockade: Porky and Goosey put up one against a door to keep the 'mad dog' out while they hide in closet. When they discover the 'mad dog' is in the closet with them, they race out of the closet and knocked down the blockade to run.
  • Hyperspace Mallet: What Goosey uses to fix Penguin's hat problem.
  • Murphy's Bed: Porky happens to have a Murphy Bed, which Penguin and Black Fury end up fighting in, which includes it closing on them mid-fight.
  • Never Trust a Hair Tonic: Porky's hair tonic hasn't done anything to his bald head. However, when Black Fury uses it, his fur grows longer.
  • Nobody Here but Us Statues: At one point, to hide from the 'mad dog', Penguin pretends to be a coat rack.
  • Shave And A Haircut: The mailman knocked on Porky's door in his manner. When Porky opened the door, the mailman knocked 'Two bits' on his head.
  • Unsuspectingly Soused: Black Fury gets drunk drinking Porky's hair tonic, which is 99% alcohol.
  • Use Your Head: To help Penguin get rid of his top-hat shaped head, Goosey tries to strike the wall with his head like a battering ram. At first, it seemed to have worked, but then the top hat popped back into shape.
  • Visual Gag: Whenever the silkworm sews, rather than do it like a regular silkworm, he uses a pair of knitting needles.

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