I Haven’t Got a Hat (1935)

Article 4707 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 12-13-2014
Directed by Friz Freleng
Featuring the voices of Billy Bletcher, Joe Dougherty, Bernice Hansen
Country: USA
What it is: Cartoon

Several students perform for recital day in school.

The fantastic content here is the bare-bones cartoon one, in that the cartoon is full of talking and anthropomorphic animals. The cartoon was conceived as being something of an animated “Our Gang” series; as such, it only lasted a few cartoons before it was abandoned. It is, however, a watershed cartoon in the history of the Warner Brothers studio, in that it was the debut of the studio’s first real cartoon star, Porky Pig, here trying to recite “The Midnight Ride of Paul Revere”. The other acts included a nervous kitten reciting “Mary Had a Little Lamb”, a pair of twin puppies singing the title song, and an owl giving a piano recital that is undermined by a prank caused by Beans the Cat (the character the studio thought would be the break-out star). The cartoon isn’t bad, but it’s pretty ordinary, and it’s typical of their cartoons of the era. It’s the presence of Porky that makes it of historical interest.

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