The Daffy Duck Show (1978)

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Saturday 12:30 PM Nov 04, 1978 on NBC
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Draftee Daffy - featuring Daffy Duck Daffy is terrified when he has to be drafted in the army, and does everything he can to stop "the little man from the draft board" from handing him his conscription order. Duck Amuck - featuring Daffy Duck Daffy undergoes several changes in appearance, all thanks to an unseen artist. The Scarlet Pumpernickel - featuring Daffy Duck Daffy tries to sell the Warner Brothers executives a script for his own story, "The Scarlet Pumpernickel".moreless
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    • TRIVIA (8)

      • The title card used for Duck Amuck is similar to the one used for Rabbit Hood (1949).

      • The plot of Duck Amuckwas essentially replicated in one of Chuck Jones' later cartoons, Rabbit Rampage (1955), in which Bugs Bunny turns out to be the victim of the silly animator (Elmer Fudd).

      • The plot of The Scarlet Pumpernickel would be replicated fifty years later in an episode of the Duck Dodgers television series, "The Mark of Xero".

      • The Scarlet Pumpernickel is only one of two cartoons that Melissa Duck stars in. The other is the cartoon short The Duxorcist, from the late '80s.

      • In 1994, The Scarlet Pumpernickel was voted #31 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field.

      • In 1999, Duck Amuck was deemed "culturally significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. This was the second of three animated shorts by Charles Jones to receive this honor (the others are 1957's What's Opera, Doc? and 1955's One Froggy Evening).

      • In 1994, Duck Amuck was voted #2 of "The 50 Greatest Cartoons" of all time by members of the animation field.

      • Daffy had already been depicted as in fact serving in the armed forces in two earlier cartoons, Daffy - The Commando (1943) and Plane Daffy 1944.

    • QUOTES (17)

    • NOTES (15)

      • Cartoon Network's version of The Scarlet Pumpernickel had two ways of editing the ending. On a 1998 special about "The 50 Greatest Cartoon Shorts of All Time", the cartoon abruptly ended on the shot of the kreplach costing $1000 after Daffy is heard saying, "Is that all?" On normal showings on installment programs (Bugs and Daffy, The Looney Tunes Show, The Chuck Jones Show, ToonHeads, and The Acme Hour), the suicide gag is edited by showing an extended shot of the kreplach costing $1000 when Daffy says, "Is that all?", then the cartoon jumps to the scene where Daffy is on the floor, then rises up and says his final line.

      • On Nickelodeon, the ending scene from The Scarlet Pumpernickel is cut similarly to how ABC and "The Merrie Melodies" show did it, but what was superimposed over the gun-to-the-head gag was a repeat shot of the outside of the office, only shown in reverse.

      • On ABC, CBS, The WB!, and the syndicated run of "The Merrie Melodies Show," the part from The Scarlet Pumpernickel where Daffy pulls out a gun and says, "There was nothing for the Scarlet Pumpernickel to do but blow his brains out, which he did," cuts to a frozen shot of the outside of the office so the viewer doesn't see Daffy actually shooting himself, then cuts back to the end where Daffy says, "It's getting so you have to kill yourself to sell a story around here" before passing out again.

      • The Scarlet Pumpernickel is the only Chuck Jones-directed Porky/Sylvester cartoon in which the latter speaks.

      • The Scarlet Pumpernickel was reissued as a Merrie Melodies "Blue Ribbon" classic. The original opening (and closing) rings were replaced, but like the other later "Blue Ribbon" reissues (1956 onward), the original opening credits were intact. The "Blue Ribbon" opening rings are the ones featured on the DVD release, but the original closing rings were restored. However, there are still prints with the original opening rings.

      • The Scarlet Pumpernickel is one of the few cartoons that are set on the Warner lot in Burbank, California, and is also one of the few cartoons that have numerous references to the Warner Bros. co-founder, Jack Warner, who is called J.L. in this short (as is normally done in the WB cartoons when referring to the studio chief).

      • In The Scarlet Pumpernickel, Elmer Fudd is voiced by Mel Blanc. Elmer was usually voiced by Arthur Q. Bryan, but since the character had only one line of dialogue, Mel Blanc was told to go ahead and imitate the Bryan's voice for the character. Blanc did not like imitating, however, believing it to be stealing from another actor.

      • The Scarlet Pumpernickel is notable among Looney Tunes shorts for its unusually large cast of star characters (Daffy, Porky, Sylvester, Elmer Fudd, Henery Hawk and Mama Bear).
        A major precedent was A Corny Concerto (1943), which featured Bugs, Elmer, Porky, and arguably a younger Daffy.

      • The Scarlet Pumpernickel is 7 minutes 2 seconds long.

      • The Scarlet Pumpernickel first aired on March 4 1950.

      • Duck Amuck can be found on "Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1".

      • Duck Amuck is 6 minutes 53 seconds long.

      • Duck Amuck first aired on February 28 1953.

      • Draftee Daffy is exactly seven minutes long.

      • Draftee Daffy first aired on January 27, 1945.

    • ALLUSIONS (3)

      • Daffy Dumas Duck

        This is the name Daffy signs his book with. It is an allusion to the famous French writer Alexandre Dumas, père (24 July 1802 – 5 December 1870). He is best known for The Count of Monte Cristo (1844-1846) and The Three Musketeers (1844).

      • The Scarlet Pumpernickel

        The title is a spoof on the character the Scarlet Pimpernel, from the adventure novel with the same name written by Baroness Emmuska Orczy in 1908.

        However, the character Daffy portrays here is more similar to Robin Hood, than the Scarlet Pimpernel.

      • Well, now, I wouldn't say that!

        This line was the catchphrase of the "Richard Q. Peavey" character from the popular show The Great Gildersleeve (1941-1957).