Cartoon of the Day: Mexican Joyride

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Mexican Joyride

Mex­i­can Joyride

Released sixty-five years ago today, Daffy Duck took a Mex­i­can Joyride down to Tijuana for a lit­tle bit of rest and relax­ation. Directed by Art Davis, we can never resist pick­ing a Davis car­toon for CotD, even up against Arthur And The Invis­i­bles and Jet Fuel For­mula, the very first episode of Rocky and His Friends.

Daffy Duck, singing “Gau­cho Ser­e­nade,” dri­ves down to Mex­ico for a vaca­tion. After a burn­ing expe­ri­ence with Mex­i­can food, Daffy takes in the bullfights.

As if at a base­ball game, Daffy heck­les the bull (“He’s blind as a bat! Throw the phony out!”). The bull chases the duck around the arena. Daffy tries the “Good Neigh­bor Pol­icy,” offer­ing the bull a “Cig­a­rette? Sparkling cham­pagne? A lit­tle gin rummy, per­haps?” Daffy pulls a hat trick, bet­ting the bull to guess what som­brero he’s hid­ing under. When the bull guesses wrong, he cries over los­ing his money. Daffy vol­un­teers weapons to help him com­mit suicide.

The bull chases the duck with a machine gun into town, where the duck packs his bags and dri­ves home, unaware that the bull is in the back seat.

Art once said that this car­toon was inspired by a week­end get­away he and some of the oth­ers had in Mex­ico. Must have been a fun trip! So show the love for Art Davis, and like this car­toon, or rate it on BCDB… where you can also watch it online!

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