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To Duck... or Not to Duck (1943)

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Daffy challenges duckhunter Elmer to a boxing match, rigged in his favor with the collusion of the duck referee. In the stands, Elmer's dog Larrimore suspects that something funny is going ... See full summary »

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Daffy Duck / Duck Referee / Laramore (voice) (uncredited)
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Elmer Fudd (voice) (uncredited)
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Daffy challenges duckhunter Elmer to a boxing match, rigged in his favor with the collusion of the duck referee. In the stands, Elmer's dog Larrimore suspects that something funny is going on, but he's drowned out by Daffy's all-duck cheering section. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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6 March 1943 (USA)  »

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Canardons le canard  »

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The title is based upon the often used quote from William Shakespeare's play Hamlet, "To be or not to be." See more »

Quotes

Duck Referee: Now shake hands.
Daffy Duck: Which hand do ya take?
Elmer Fudd: Mmmm... uh, that one.
Daffy Duck: Wrong. Guess again.
Elmer Fudd: All wight, all wight, I'll take that over there.
Daffy Duck: [to camera] Ain't he a dope?
[back to Elmer]
Daffy Duck: You *sure* this is the one you want? YOU'RE RIGHT!
[hits Elmer with an enormous hammer]
Daffy Duck: That's the right one!
[...]
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References Count Me Out (1938) See more »

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Brahms' Lullaby
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Music by Johannes Brahms
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Very good, but compares poorly to later pairings of Daffy and Elmer
18 June 2007 | by (Bradenton, Florida) – See all my reviews

I guess I might have enjoyed this cartoon a lot more if it weren't for the fact that there were so many better Looney Toons cartoons that also paired Daffy and Elmer Fudd. The most famous of these later pairings also included Bugs Bunny and it was all about whether or not it was duck or rabbit hunting season. There also was another where Elmer took Daffy home after a hunt and Daffy pretended to be Santa! Both of these are classics.

As for this cartoon, the animation isn't quite as pretty as some of the cartoons from the late 40s, but it's still awfully good. The story begins with Elmer and his dog hunting. Daffy is hit and caught but he begins to verbally attack Elmer for "unsportsman-like behavior" and challenges him to a very one-sided and obviously fixed boxing match--with another duck as the referee. The laughs are there and there is a lot to like--but I never loved this or laughed like I did for the later times that I saw these two great Looney Tunes characters together.


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