Doctor Quack is doing an operation, and Daffy is his assistant. Things start out sedately enough, with Daffy asking for quiet in various ways. Then the operation starts, and after handing ...
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Doctor Quack is doing an operation, and Daffy is his assistant. Things start out sedately enough, with Daffy asking for quiet in various ways. Then the operation starts, and after handing over instruments at a ever-increasing pace, Daffy loses it and is ejected. He gets his head stuck in an iron lung, and feels the effects for a while. Daffy goes in search of a patient of his own, and Porky happens to walk by in time to fall victim to Daffy's mallet. Daffy hits himself on the head and has a consultation with the second and third image of himself. They agree to operate; Daffy chases Porky, and they both get stuck in the iron lung. Written by
Jon Reeves <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Neither Robert Clampett nor Chuck Jones cared much for this short, not because they thought it was bad, but because it used an iron lung as a gag prop at a time when polio deaths were on the rise. See more »
[preparing to operate]
I must have it quiet!
[reading signs aloud as he holds them up]
SHHH! Shut yo' mouf! Zol zayn sha! Silence is FOO! Hoo-HOO!
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This is one of the first Warner Brothers cartoons featuring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig together. Daffy is as daffy as always, but porky was really a porker in those days. Apparently director Robert Clampett and Warner decided to put Porky on a diet. In "The Daffy Doc," Porky barely fits in the circle when he exclaims, "Th-th-th-that's all, folks!"
"The Daffy Doc" makes it obvious that the zany surrealistic, anarchistic humor of the brilliant Marx Brothers was the inspiration for the Daffy Duck, Porky Pig cartoons, in particular, the slapstick of Harpo. Compare this cartoon with the hilarious operating scene in "A Day At The Races," released two years earlier. The doc is comparable to Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, while Daffy and Porky fit the characters of Tony and Stuffy.
By the time "The Daffy Doc" appeared on the big screen, Daffy had stolen much of Porky's popularity, hence Daffy and not Porky is actually the star of the film with Porky having only a small part near the end. It was Daffy that first introduced the Warner Brothers cartoon theme, "The Merry-go-round Broke Down," a popular song of the day with new lyrics. But, alas, fame is fleeting. The fabulous hare, Bugs Bunny, showed up the same year "The Daffy Doc" was issued.
The Warner Brothers cartoon characters are by today's standards politically incorrect, since each one had some sort of speech impediment, such as Porky Pig's stuttering. This highlights the need to keep an open mind in a free society. Think of what the entertainment world would have lost had these animated creations been censored.
"The Daffy Doc" is filled with sight gags galore. I won't give any of them away but be sure and notice Daffy's qualifications for being a physician in order to operate on Porky, his sheepskin and his license.
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