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Porky's Railroad is a 1937 Looney Tunes cartoon, directed by Frank Tashlin and starring Porky Pig.

Porky is working on a railway with his old fashioned steam engine named "Toots" when he recieves a morse code message that he's being replaced by a new engineer and his streamlined Silver Fish train. Porky unwittingly challenges the engineer to a race to decide who keeps the train route, and he immediately takes up the offer.

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  • 13 Is Unlucky: "Toots"' coal car has the number 13 1/2 painted on it.
  • The Alleged Car: Porky owns an incredibly old fashioned (even for the late 1930's) steam engine named 'Toots' that is so pathetically slow that a snail is shown outrunning it. Its boiler is powered by a measly candlestick.
  • Bilingual Bonus: Anyone familiar with Morse Code will notice that when a message is being sent to Porky, the Morse Code heard is saying to write (Leon) Schlesinger (then-producer of Looney Tunes) for a picture of Porky.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Porky wins the race against Mr. Silverfish by sheer dumb luck and acquires his train, but his steam engine is completely destroyed, and Porky is planning to sell its remains to the scrapyard without a second thought.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Porky briefly talks to the audience about how his old train could beat the Silver Fish in any race. Unfortunately, the Engineer overhears him and takes it up as a legitimate challenge.
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  • Chekhov's Gunman: Early in the cartoon, Porky annoys a bull blocking the railway (assuming it was a cow he shooed away earlier) and scrams once he realises his gaffe. Later on, Porky is losing badly to the Silverfish train, just when the bull (still bitter over Porky yanking his tail) spots his train and charges him, unwittingly sending the train flying through the air fast enough to get ahead of the Silverfish and win.
  • Cool Train:
    • The Silver Fish, a very slick and super fast streamlined train.
    • To a lesser extent, the slick looking locomotive we see in the opening.
  • Epic Fail: When Porky's train is climbing up a mountain, its going so slow that a snail is seen outrunning them.
  • Eye Poke: The Silverfish engineer does this to Porky after accepting his challenge to race.
  • Fake-Out Opening: The opening has a majestic looking locomotive (described in caption as "The 30th Century Limited the Railroad's Crack Train") chugging fast to the tune of "California, Here I Come", making it seem like this is going to be Porky's train...only for it to dissolve to Porky and his dinky, barely functional steam engine. The captions rub it in by saying its "The 15th Century Unlimited - also a crack train. Everything cracked - including the engineer."
  • Getting Crap Past the Radar: The Punny Name of the guy who sends the message to Porky is named I Fuller Cinders, an obvious emphusiasm for "I('m) full of shit."
  • Hopeless Boss Fight: It quickly becomes clear in the climatic race that Porky's old steam engine has no chance of beating the blindingly fast Silverfish train. It takes the help of an angry bull Porky encountered earlier to turn the tides.
  • Hypocritical Humor: Midway in the picture, Porky is mourning over how he'll have to sell his old steam engine due to the new Silverfish train taking over his route. In the ending, when he's defeated the engineer in a race and acquired his Silverfish train, it pans to the utterly destroyed remains of Porky's steam engine, which is marked to be hauled to the scrapyard.
  • Jerkass: The Silver Fish engineer is an arrogant bully who wastes no time rubbing Porky's situation in his face by mocking his train.
  • Just Train Wrong: Lets start with the fact that Porky is using a lone candlestick to power his steam engine and go from there...
  • Kick the Dog: After Porky loses his job due to the new streamlined Silverfish train taking over his route, its engineer pulls up to rub the situation in his face by mocking his train. Even more rude considering that Porky had just congratulated him on getting his job.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: When the Silverfish train is forced to stop at a drawbridge, a fish with the likeness of Mae West pops up to swoon at the sight of it.
  • Pepper Sneeze: Porky uses a pepper shaker near Toots' boiler to make it sneeze and thus get it up to speed.
  • Public Domain Animation
  • Punny Name:
    • "Toots" is a play on an onomonopeia of a trains whistle and an old fashioned slang term for a ladyfriend.
    • The guy who sends the pink slip to Porky is named I. Fuller Cinders.
  • Shout-Out:
    • When Porky is saying goodbye to Toots, he sobs "Parting is such sweet sorrow..."
    • A boat with the name S.S. Leon is seen at the drawbridge, referring to Looney Tunes producer Leon Schlesinger (who in real life apparently owned a fancy yacht). The morse code message being sent to Porky has a secret message mention Leon as well.
  • Standard Snippet:
    • "California, Here I Come" plays in the opening."
    • "I Wish I Was In Dixie" plays during the woodpile gag.
    • "Don't Give Up The Ship" is sung by a sailor whose rowboat gets stuck on Porky's cargo.
  • Stock Footage: The opening train is reused animation from Friz Freleng's Streamlined Greta Green.
  • Super Speed: The Silver Fish moves at blinding speeds, leaving a gale of wind wherever it goes.
  • Villainy-Free Villain: The Silverfish engineer is a jerk, but he isn't doing anything wrong—its not his fault that Porky is using a hopelessly outdated engine and isn't moving on with the times.
  • Visual Pun: Of the unfortunately racist, dated variety. During the climatic race, the Silverfish train zips by a woodpile, blowing it away and revealing a monkey resting underneath it, referring to the now-antiquated phrase "nigger in a woodpile".
  • What a Piece of Junk: "Toots", Porky's old train, is basically a piece of scrap iron that should've been retired ages ago. The Silver Fish engineer outright mocks it as this. Porky responds in turn that he could beat him with his old train anyway, but it quickly becomes clear how outclassed his train is in an actual race against the Silver Fish.
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