Genre: humor; anthropomorphic-funny animals
Created in: 1935
- Porky Pig is regarded as the first of the classic pantheon of cartoon stars created by the Leon Schlesinger animation studio for Warner Bros. His inauspicious debut occurred as a secondary character in the 1935 Merrie Melodies animated short “I Haven’t Got a Hat”, directed by Isadore (Friz) Freleng.
From there, Porky assumed a variety of sizes, shapes, and characterizations before settling into the stuttering porcine “everyman-pig” audiences would come to know and love – decidedly eclipsing such earlier creations as Bosko, Buddy, Foxy, and the like.
Porky himself would be similarly eclipsed by two of the very characters he would “introduce” – Daffy Duck in “Porky’s Duck Hunt” (1937, directed by Tex Avery) and the white-rabbit prototype for Bugs Bunny in “Porky’s Hare Hunt” (1938, directed by Ben “Bugs” Hardaway, for whom the Bunny was named).
Porky spent the bulk of his later animation catalogue in a very successful paring with Daffy Duck, and virtually all of his pre-1990s comic-book appearances paired with Bugs Bunny, his girlfriend Petunia, and his nephew Cicero.
First comic book appearance: Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Comics (Dell, 1941 Series) #1 (1941)
- 1935; Friz Freleng; Leon Schlesinger; Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies; Tex Avery; theatrical animation; Warner Bros.