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Robinson Crusoe Jr. (1941)

Stranded on an island after his ship was wrecked by a hurricane, Porky meets a friendly African Native. They build a house, and Porky begins to explore the island. On his way we see various... See full summary »

Director:

Norm McCabe (as Norman McCabe)

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Porky Pig / Friday / Tortoise / Daddy Rat / Cannibals (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce Robert C. Bruce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
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Stranded on an island after his ship was wrecked by a hurricane, Porky meets a friendly African Native. They build a house, and Porky begins to explore the island. On his way we see various sight gags. First, Porky finds a parrot that won't say, 'Polly wants a cracker' because he's waiting for the $64 question. We also see monkey's playing craps, and a monkey who can't seem to climb up a 'Slippery Elm.' Then, Porky sees animals crowded around a water cooler. Porky is then confronted by African Natives who chase him off the island. Porky escapes by chopping a motorboat out of a tree and drives away in it with his African friend. But when the Natives throw spears at the boat, Porky puts an American flag on the back of the boat, and the spears back off. Written by Chris Walker

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Trivia

The story-book chapters are numbered in a screwball order: I, VI, III, XII, and XXII. See more »

Alternate Versions

This cartoon was colorized in 1968 by having every other frame traced over onto a cel. Each redrawn cel was painted in color and then photographed over a colored reproduction of each original background. Needless to say, the animation quality dropped considerably from the original version with this method. The cartoon was colorized again in 1992, this time with a computer adding color to a new print of the original black and white cartoon. This preserved the quality of the original animation. See more »

Connections

References You Can't Take It with You (1938) See more »

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Trade Winds
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Music by Cliff Friend
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confidentially, it doesn't quite stink, but very typical of Porky's early cartoons
22 July 2008 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

A relic of Porky Pig's early days as a star, "Robinson Crusoe Jr." also contains racial stereotypes. If, like me, you've read enough about the popular culture of the era, then the jokes will make more sense. Pretty hokey stuff. Warner Bros. made much neater use of the stranded-on-an-uncharted-island scenario with the Bugs Bunny-Yosemite Sam vehicle "Rabbitson Crusoe" and later with "Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island"; "Gilligan's Island" of course brought the genre to its panacea. Otherwise, this is a typical representation of Porky's days before Chuck Jones gave him the role of bringing order to Daffy's silliness.

PS: Norm McCabe, if I remember right, took over Tex Avery's unit after the latter left following an argument with producer Leon Schlesinger.


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 October 1941 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Robinson Crusoe nuorempi See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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