Milk and Money (1936)

Article 4206 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 4-18-2013
Directed by Tex Avery
Featuring the voices of Billy Bletcher and Joe Dougherty
Country: USA
What it is: Cartoon

In order to save the family farm from foreclosure, Porky Pig takes his horse to the city in order to find a job. He gets a job as a milkman, but will lose his job if he breaks a bottle. And then a hungry horsefly shows up….

The fantastic content here is standard cartoon fare; we have anthropomorphic animals (Porky and his father) and that general sense of animated cartoon surrealism. I do think it’s interesting to balance out the anthropomorphic animals with a human character who occasionally acts like a snake (the aptly named villainous landlord Mr. Viper). Both the Warner Brothers cartoon department and Tex Avery would go on to better things, but if you compare it to their other work at the time, this was a pretty strong showing; you can even see some of the boundary-stretching touches that would become Tex Avery trademarks. My favorite joke is a subtle one; try to figure out why the horsefly attacks Mr. Viper in the final moments. (Hint – What does the horsefly usually attack?)

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