SUMMARY: Egged on by Daffy Duck, who intends to take his place as Warner Bros. star character, Porky Pig sets off into a live action Hollywood to make his name in the movies.
WHY IT’S HERE: Friz Freleng’s ‘You Ought to be in Pictures’ is a brilliant, atypical Warner Bros. cartoon. Beautifully combining animation and live action film (only Porky Pig, Daffy Duck and Porky’s car are animated), it stars many of the Warner staff, including Leon Schlesinger who, despite playing himself, manages to be hammier than the pig he’s acting opposite! While the animators at the Warner Bros. studio are out at lunch, the newly drawn Daffy Duck convinces the newly drawn Porky Pig that he deserves better than a career in animation and sets him on his way to seeking a starring role in the movies. His motives, of course, are to get rid of Porky so that he can take his place as Warner’s big star. An early glimpse of the greedy, narcissistic version of Daffy (as opposed to the crazy version of Daffy more commonly seen in these early black and white shorts), this is also another clear case of Daffy stealing the cartoon, something that would lead to life imitating art as Daffy really did replace Porky as Warner’s most popular star. Porky’s trip to a movie studio and his high speed chase through the streets to get his job back make ‘You Ought to be in Pictures’ seem more epically expansive than the average short of this era and the interaction between real life and animation is surprisingly smooth for such an early example of the two mediums coexisting. All in all, ‘You Ought to be in Pictures’ is a fascinating, entertaining short which is extremely easy to love. Ironically, having achieved his aim of replacing Porky as a comedy star, Daffy would be complaining of being typecast as a comedy player just ten years later in Chuck Jones’s ‘The Scarlet Pumpernickel’. There’s just no pleasing some ducks!