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Daffy Duck is desperate to elude the draft board respresentative bearing his conscription order.

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Daffy Duck / The Little Man from the Draft Board (voice) (uncredited)
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Daffy's flag-waving patriotic fervor is stopped cold when he gets an unexpected visit from the little man from the Draft Board. The duck's frenzied attempts to escape from or eliminate his egg-headed nemesis culminate in a rocket ride which, instead of taking him to the heavens, sends him to the other place. Written by Paul Penna <tterrace@wco.com>

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The "Little Man From the Draft Board" was based upon the famous radio character of Mr. Peavey, a supporting character on "The Great Gildersleeve" played by 'Richard LeGrand (I)'. His famous catchphrase was, "I wouldn't say that." See more »

Quotes

Daffy Duck: [singing] From the halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli / Hear those bells of freedom ringing - Oh, no, it's just the phone for me.
[answers telephone]
Daffy Duck: Hello? Yes, this is Daffy Duck. You say you have a letter for me from the President? You'll bring it right over? Oh, you're the little man from the draft board. Gee, thanks.
[resumes singing]
Daffy Duck: Oh, the little man from the draft board is coming to see me. Oh, the... d-d-d-d-d - The man from the draft board? Oh ho-ho! Yipe!
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Edited into Bugs & Daffy: The Wartime Cartoons (1989) See more »

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In the Stirrups
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Music by J.S. Zamecnik
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Unusual in WWII for even a cartoon to admit that someone might actually be afraid to die in war
1 December 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This cartoon was included in one of the Warner Brothers Golden Collections of cartoons - it even included a commentary. All during the commentary the two doing the commenting only talk about the fast pace and how Daffy's personality seems so much like that of one of the animators over at Termite Terrace - which is where the WB cartoons of the era were created. Nobody mentions the 500 pound gorilla in the room

  • which is that Daffy in this cartoon is virtually alone in any film or


cartoon I have viewed from the WWII era in that he is afraid of being drafted and stays afraid. Plus Daffy is willing to do anything - including doing severe bodily injury to the man from the draft board - to avoid being drafted.

I wonder how this went over with the audiences of the era? Maybe Daffy Duck got away with this because Daffy usually represented unbridled greed, cowardice, and self-interest to the point of being charming - he never made excuses for himself. Likewise "the little man from the draft board" looks a great deal like Elmer Fudd, so it's really hard to take him seriously too. Definitely worth a look if it crosses your path.


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