May 18, 1940 (USA)
Mel Blanc(Daffy Duck),
Looney Tunes movies, Related Friz Freleng movies
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You Ought to Be in Pictures is a 1940 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes short film featuring Porky Pig and Daffy Duck. The film combined live-action and animation, and features live-action appearances by Leon Schlesinger, writer Michael Maltese, animator Gerry Chiniquy and other Schlesinger Productions staff members. In 1994 it was voted #34 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. The title comes from the popular 1934 song "You Ought to Be in Pictures" by Dana Suesse and Edward Heyman, which plays in the beginning of the film.
Daffy wants to be the top star in the studio. To this end, he persuades Porky to resign from the Schlesinger studios to pursue a career in feature films as Bette Davis leading man. Porky goes to Leon Schlesinger and asks to have his contract torn up. Schlesinger reluctantly agrees, and wishes Porky the best of luck. Schlesinger looks at the audience and assures the audience that Porky will be back after Porky is out of earshot.
Porky spends the rest of the film trying to get into the lots and sets of an unnamed studio, with little success. After several failures (from convincing the security guard (played by Michael Maltese, voiced by Mel Blanc) to let him in and dressing up as Oliver Hardy to gain access, until the guard gave chase) and inadvertently interrupting the shooting of a ballet film, he decides to see if Schlesinger will take him back.
He returns to Schlesingers office after frantically dodging his cartooned car in and out of live-action Los Angeles traffic, only to see Daffy doing a wild audition to become the new star of Warner Bros. cartoons, openly disparaging Porky. Porky then takes Daffy with him to another room, where he beats Daffy up. After this, he hurriedly runs into Schlesingers office to beg for his job back. Schlesinger, laughing heartily and saying he knew hed return, reveals that he didnt really rip up Porkys contract, and happily tells him to get back to work. Porky gladly thanks him and runs back into the animation paper that he was in when the short started. Daffy, still not quite having learned his lesson after being beaten by Porky, again attempts to persuade Porky to resign and work with Greta Garbo, only to get splattered with a tomato, which irritates him.
You Ought to Be in Pictures is available on Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 2, on Disc 4 and also on Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2, on Disc 1.