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You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940)

by Nicholas Sammond

This Looney Toons Merry Melodies animation combines animation and live action, introducing the animation segment through a viewing of the animator's workspace, recalling early works of animation which highlighted the animator's hand in its magic. In this sequence, Porky Pig is convinced to quit his job in cartoons by Daffy Duck, who is in fact scheming to take his place. Porky has no luck trying at Hollywood (which Daffy had convinced him to do), and is thrown out multiple times.

He returns to the Leon Schlesinger Studios to find - both comfortingly and ominously - that Schlesinger knew he wouldn't make it in pictures and had kept Porky's contract intact. The animation overall emits this message of security and entrapment, emphasized by the tension between animator and animated, which is particularly interesting in the immediate post-Depression pre-War American context.

You Ought to Be in Pictures

Daffy Duck convinces Porky Pig to quit his job in cartoons and go to Hollywood - a ploy so that Daffy can become the new star. However, Porky Pig gets thrown out of Hollywood and returns to his job, showing Daffy a lesson for his trickery.

from You Ought to Be in Pictures (1940) - Merry Melodies (1940)
Creator: Warner Bros & Leon Schlesinger Productions
Posted by Nicholas Sammond