Porky Pig in 'Old Glory'

In 1939, young Porky Pig, the biggest Warner Bros. cartoon star of the day, went into patriotic mode for director Chuck Jones.

Porky Pig: "Old Glory" via YouTube

When I was a school boy, this atypical Merrie Melodies short popped up occasionally on television. I also caught it once or twice in a movie theatre. Even better, a 16mm color print appeared in the classroom from time to time.

Every Independence Day, my thoughts include Porky, role model.

I think about tater salad, too, but it never made a movie with Uncle Sam.

Originally published July 4, 2007
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