The inspiration was Joe Cobb, Joe in the “Our Gang/Little Rascals” TV Series. Joe Cobb starred in 86 episodes of the series and played the ever smiling yet hapless stereotypical fat kid, who often sets up gags for the others.
During the early 1930s, Leon Schlesinger secured a contract to
produce the Looney Tunes series for Warner Bros. He asked animator
Robert Clampett and studio director Friz Freleng to design a new
series of characters and suggested they do a cartoon version of the
Our Gang films.
The first short, I Haven’t Got a Hat, released in 1935 included:
Beans the cat, Oliver Owl, a motherly cow named Mrs. Cud, and Porky
Pig in the ‘Joe’ role. Porky quickly became the star. Porky’s name
came from Friz Freleng, who remembered two childhood friends and
brothers nicknamed “Porky” and “Piggy” and decided to put the two
names together. His trademark stutter comes from Joe Dougherty, the
first voice actor to voice Porky. Joe had a very pronounced stutter
and forced director Freleng to go through take after take of
Eventually the studio realized the high production cost of the many
hours of wasted material, and replaced Dougherty with Mel Blanc in
1937. By this time the stutter had become so associated with the
character that Blanc was asked to use it to create a more precise
Had to include this tribute picture to Mel Blanc, man of a
thousand voices with some of his favorite characters, including
Porky. It is titled "Speechless."
Porky’s legacy continues with his signature line “Th-th-that’s all
folks” heard at the end of Looney Tunes episodes. The Warner Bros.
other series, Merrie Melodies, which had always used “So Long,
Folks” to close its short films, changed to the more catchy Porky
line after opinion polls found most people better associated with