Porky in Wackyland

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Porky in Wackyland is a 1938 animated short film, directed by Robert Clampett for Leon Schlesinger Productions as part of Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes series.

In this film Porky Pig goes hunting through a Salvador Dalí-esque landscape to find the Do-Do Bird for a very large bounty. In 1994 it was voted #8 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field and in 2000 was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress, who has selected the short for preservation in the National Film Registry.

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A newspaper shows Porky traveling to Africa to hunt the rare dodo bird, worth four sextillion dollars. Porky uses his airplane to go to Dark Africa, then Darker Africa (only in Dough for the Do-Do), and finally lands in Darkest Africa (per the route shown in the cartoon, somewhere in the vicinity of the Sudan). When Porky lands, a sign tells him that he's in Wackyland ("Population: 100 nuts and a squirrel"), while a scary voice booms out "IT CAN HAPPEN... HERE!" Porky tiptoes in his helicopter, when he is greeted by a roaring beast, who quickly turns effeminate and dances away in the forest. Soon he watches, as the sun lifts above the horizon by a tower of stacked creatures, with the top one holding it up. Nearby, another creature rises out of a tall flower, playing a bit of "The William Tell Overture", using his nose like a flute. After a few seconds, the creature unleashes into a wild drum solo, which brings out many strange, weird, and oafish creatures around, including a strange rabbit dangling in mid-air from a swing that seems to be threaded through its own ears and an angry criminal imprisoned behind a free-floating barred window that he holds in his hands. As Porky tries to find the dodo, he gets distracted by a black duck screaming "Mammy!", a horn-head, and a CatDog creature spinning around like a tornado.

Finally, the last dodo of the dodo species appears. Porky tries to catch the dodo, but the dodo plays tricks on him. At one time, the Do-Do pulls out a pencil and draws a door in mid-air, which then takes on tactile form, opens the door and runs through, but instead he reaches down and lifts up the bottom edge of the door like a curtain, revealing it as rubbery and malleable. He darts underneath and lets it snap back into place for Porky to bump into it. At another point, the dodo appears on the Warner Brothers shield and sling shots Porky into the ground. Porky is eventually defeated, when the dodo pulls a wall of bricks in the picture and lets him crash into it, with bricks flying everywhere. At the end of the film, Porky triumphs when he disguises as a bearded paperboy, and shouts "Extra! Extra! Porky captures Dodo!", before hitting the bird with a mallet. However, he is surprised to discover a multitude of dodos still on the loose.

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