Porky Pig The Academy Award-nominated cartoon character who starred in countless Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodie series made his debut in 1935s I Havent Got a Hat. The fat, stuttering pig, who ended shorts with Th-th-th-thats all folks! was designed by animator Bob Clampett. Friz Freleng directed Porky in his first appearance. He quickly became one of Warner Bros.' biggest cartoon stars and then later a popular supporting player and sidekick. And the stutter? Well, the original Porky voice actor, Joe Dougherty, had a stutter. But he couldnt control it. And because it took so long to record his lines, Mel Blanc was brought in to replace him. Blanc kept the stutter and used it for comedic effect. In later years, Blanc said that he thought Porkys stutter suggested the grunting of real pigs. As years went by, though, stutterers were upset with Porky. In 1991, the National Stuttering Project of San Francisco picketed Warner Bros., insisting they stop belittling stutterers. The studio ended up giving a grant of $12,000 to the Stuttering Foundation of America and also produced a series of public service announcements in which Porky spoke out against the belittling of stutterers.
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