Original art by Andy Vanderbilt!
Full of monstrous villains, phantasmagoric imagery and the rubbery animation style so prevalent in Clampett’s work of the mid 1940s, THE GREAT PIGGY BANK ROBBERY can be best described as a Looney Tunes cartoon on acid. No other Warner Brothers cartoon except maybe Porky in Wackyland (1938) or The Big Snooze (1946), both Clampett shorts, reached such dizzying levels of surreal greatness. One can really see the influence such surrealist artists as Salvador Dali had on Clampett’s work during his tenure at Warner Brothers. Daffy’s descent into the villain’s hideout and his final, violent encounter when the bad guys get their comeuppances are straight out of a psychedelic film noir.
Warren Beatty liked the cartoon so much he requested it to be played before his own live action version of DICK TRACY in 1990. Disappointingly, Disney, who produced the film, wouldn’t allow it as the short wasn’t one of their own. What a shame, as it would have been great for modern audiences to marvel at this one up on the big screen. For now, we will have to settle for small screen viewings and luckily the short is available out there on DVD and Blu-ray. So go raid your piggy bank and pick this one up fast before Neon Noodle beats you to it!