Unmistakably academic, Professor Portly is on an endless quest for knowledge. He seems to be in the middle of an endless lecture. His specs are antique French opera glasses and his head is an old Turkish coffee pot. A French copper pot, lined with velvet inside, serves as a belly and doubles as a jewelry box. His other parts are a plant dolly, an antique compass, a gauge, gears, candelabra parts, silver-plated trivet parts, and movie camera parts.