Duck! Rabbit, Duck! (1931) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series
Daffy and Bugs battle each other as they battle Elmer.
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Daffy tries to match wits with Bugs as they debate whether it’s rabbit season or duck season (Daffy uses his own version of Burma-Shave signs at the outset). Elmer is totally witless in the exchange. .
Scrap Happy Daffy (1943) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series
Daffy as Super Duck in the War for Scrap against the Nazis. Air raid warden Daffy defends his scrap yard from attack after Adolf Hitler personally orders its destruction. Submarines and Nazi goats are no match for Daffy. After receiving inspiration from his ducky ancestors, Daffy turns into Super-Duck.
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CotD: 1944’s “Slightly Daffy” was a color remake of 1938’s Scalp_TroubleSlightly Daffy (1944) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series
Daffy commands a lonely cavalry outpost in the old West. He and General Porky hold the fort.
“Thufferin thuccotash!” Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Bird, Daffy Duck, Elmer Fudd, Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner will all return to theaters in three original Looney Tunes 3D theatrical cartoon shorts produced by Warner Bros. Animation and directed by Matthew O’Callaghan (Coyote Falls).
Two of the new shorts — Daffy’s Rhapsody and I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat – will feature the voice of the late, great Mel Blanc. The legendary actor/comedian known as The Man of a Thousand Voices brought to life some of the most revered characters in animation history during a celebrated career spanning six decades. Blanc will appear in the shorts — which are created using state-of-the-art CG animation and rendered in stereoscopic 3D — via original songs he recorded in character in the 1950s.
The announcement was made Wednesday by Warner Bros. Television president Peter Roth, who oversees television animation for the studio, and Sam Register, Warner Bros. Animation’s executive vice-president for creative affairs. Register unveiled news of the three original shorts — which also include an as-yet-untitled adventure featuring the Coyote and Road Runner — during a presentation at the Annecy International Animated Film Festival.
“Everyone at Warner Bros. Animation grew up loving the Looney Tunes characters, and it has been both a great honor and an enormous challenge to continue the legacy of these animation icons and introduce them to a new generation of fans,” said Register. “And to have the incomparable Mel Blanc voicing these characters once more is nothing short of a dream come true for all of us.”
Register added, “This will probably be the last time that Looney Tunes fans will have an opportunity to see an original Mel Blanc short featuring these characters. We are honored to bring Mr. Blanc and his legacy to Looney Tunes fans once again.”
Daffy’s Rhapsody is the first of the new shorts. In it, a persistent Elmer Fudd chases Daffy Duck (Blanc) on stage during a musical performance. The short features Blanc performing the song “Daffy Duck’s Rhapsody.” Daffy’s Rhapsody is scheduled to debut in theaters November 18 in conjunction with Warner Bros. Pictures’ release of Happy Feet 2.
In I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat, a classic game of cat and bird transpires in Granny’s apartment as Tweety Bird goes to great lengths to avoid the clutches of his arch-nemesis Sylvester the Cat. The short also features the hit song of the same name, which was performed by Blanc, and which sold over three million copies worldwide.
Wile E. Coyote’s epic quest to capture the Road Runner continues in an all-new, untitled Coyote and Road Runner short. Will the Coyote finally get his paws on his elusive prize?
The three new shorts are all directed by O’Callaghan and executive produced by Register (The Looney Tunes Show, Teen Titans, Ben 10). The producers are Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (both of The Looney Tunes Show and Duck Dodgers).
In 2010, Warner Bros. Animation unveiled its first three CG cartoon shorts, all of which featured Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner. The first, Coyote Falls, was shortlisted for the Academy Award for Best Short Film (Animated), and was nominated for an Annie Award for Best Animated Short Subject.
CotD: First of the three ‘Rabbit Seasons’ shorts, how can one not want to watch “Rabbit Fire” over and over? ~
Rabbit Fire (1951) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series
Daffy leaves rabbit tracks to Bugs’ hole for Elmer to follow, and the debate over who is in season begins.
CotD: WB animator Phil Monroe’s lone directorial debut with the Daffy LT “The Iceman Ducketh” from 1964; do you like it? ~
The Iceman Ducketh (1964) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series
When Daffy sees the large amounts of cash being given out for furs, he decides to go out and get his own, but he’s too late as winter sets in, so the greedy duck pursues Bugs.
CotD: A personal favorite, “Quackodile Tears” shows the domestic side of Daffy; Directed by Art Davis ~
Quackodile Tears (1962) — Merrie Melodies Cartoon Series
Daffy’s wife tells him to watch their egg while she goes out. Daffy gets his egg mixed up with a crocodile egg. He and the crocodile fight over the egg. Daffy cannot win against wife nor beast.
CotD: Daffy “Dumas” Duck takes on the literal world (and looses his hat, among other things) in 1950’s “The Scarlet Pumpernickel”
The Scarlet Pumpernickel (1950) — Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series
Daffy “Dumas” Duck has written his own screenplay which parodies The Scarlet Pimpernel and tries to sell it to “J.L.,” the studio head. The cartoon concerns itself less with “The Scarlet Pimpernel,” Baroness Emmuska Orczy’s tale of an heroic figure who smuggles doomed noblemen out of Paris during the French Revolution, than with mocking swashbucklers in general and Errol Flynn in particular (Errol is mentioned no less than three times).
Daffy plays the title character, a dashing highwayman (as Flynn) with an unspecified mission in life, except to irritate the Lord High Chamberlain (Porky as Claude Rains). The Chamberlain, realizing that his daughter Melissa is the Scarlet Pumpernickel’s true love, arranges to marry her to the Grand Duke (Sylvester as Basil Rathbone), hoping that this will flush the Pumpernickel out of hiding. Elmer Fudd has a small part as the proprietor of the King’s Nostril Inn.
CotD: Easily one of Chuck Jones’ finest; perhaps even one of the best to come out of Warner Bros. Studios, animated or not~
Duck Amuck (1953) — Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series
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