It's nice to see Tex Avery directing Porky Pig again. Porky the Rain-Maker is an interesting cartoon, there is just nothing interesting to talk about in terms of its relation to animation or Porky's career in general. However, do be on the lookout for its prominent placement in my doctoral thesis, "Snake Oil and Rain Pills: The Lasting Effects of Depression-era Hucksterism on an Impoverished Agrarian Community, 1929-1939."
Ugh, Porky does that "eeeeeeeWHOOPEEEEE!!!" yell again.
In 1937, Donald Duck also got an ostrich over at Disney. The two cartoons share a lot of similarities, including being at a train station and eating a concertina. Hey, guess who directed Donald's Ostrich? That's right, Jack King, who also directed this one!
Soooooooooo . . . racist?
Sayonara points out the racism inherent in the attitudes of the military and the people who partake of those institutions (pro); but every aspect of Japanese culture portrayed is all lotus blossoms and tea ceremonies (con).
Ricardo Montalban portrays a Japanese kabuki performer (con); but the portrayal is about a 3 on the offensiveness scale (pro). For the record, Mickey Rooney in Breakfast at Tiffany's rates a 10.
It bases its view of Japan as…
I really wanted to like this movie. It's a case where the promise of the title is too much for the film itself. This movie is essentially a re-release of another movie, Madmen of Mandoras, with additional footage shot. Sadly, the production values of the additional footage look worse then the original! That, coupled with horrendous acting from the new "actors" brought in, really brings this movie down. I'm going to watch the original Madmen of Mandoras next, and then…