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You Were Never Duckier (1948)

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Finding that the prize for best duck at the National Poultry Show is only $5.00, but $5,000 for the best rooster, Daffy disguises himself as one, but then becomes the object of Henery Hawk's chicken hunt.


(as Charles M. Jones)


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Complete credited cast:
Daffy Duck / Henery Hawk / Rooster / George K. Chickenhawk / Contest Moderator (voice)


In an early example of his greedy side, Daffy Duck is insulted when he learns the National Poultry Contest only awards $5 for the best duck, but $5,000 for the best rooster. Daffy disguises himself as a rooster and decides to enter. However, he attracts the attention not of the judges but of Henery Hawk and his father, George K. Chickenhawk. It isn't long before the faux rooster is abducted by the hungry chickenhawks, and Daffy pleads fruitlessly that he is, in fact, NOT a rooster but a duck. Daffy then realizes the contest is about to start, makes a hasty retreat to the auditorium and loses both the $5,000 prize and a $5 prize (for the best duck) to his predators (who are both disguised appropriately, young Henery pretending to be a duck and quacking happily at his small prize). Written by Brian Rathjen <>

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7 August 1948 (USA)  »

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1.37 : 1
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With the release of this cartoon came a new "era" in Warner Bros. cartoons: it was the first in what would become the so-called "post-1948 package" of Warner cartoons. See more »


Daffy Duck: Five dollars for the best duck? You mean I came all the way from Dubuque for a measly five bucks? Five thousand dollars for the best rooster? Why, they can't do this to me! It's uncostitutional! It's... it's... Brother, could I use five thousand smackereenees. Hey, there must be a way. There must be.
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I Do, Do, Do Like You
Music by Allie Wrubel
Played when Daffy puts the rubber glove on his head and looks in the mirror
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life as a rip-off
9 December 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

There have been many instances of people masquerading as other individuals, but Daffy Duck brings the concept to a crazy art form in "You Were Never Duckier". Offended that a contest only pays the best duck $5 while paying the best chicken $5,000, he decides to dress up like a chicken. That's when young chicken-hawk Henery Hawk - despite his species name, he's not a warmonger who refused to serve in the armed forces - comes in search of a nice, tasty chicken to eat. Does Daffy just live a completely doomed life?! This is at the very least an early instance of Daffy's greed and egotism getting the better of him (much like in "Show Biz Bugs", where he took offense at getting billed under Bugs). If only these sorts of things could befall every greedy, narcissistic person on earth.

Anyway, a cool one.

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