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Daffy Duck is "Dorlock Homes", and Porky Pig is "Watkins". The intrepid duo are sleuthing in Victorian London in hopes of finding and apprehending the Shorepshire Slasher. Written by
Kevin McCorry <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Dorlock Holmes, Porky Watkins and the Shropshire Slasher in a funny and affectionate take on Sherlock Holmes
'Deduce You Say' may not be among the best of Daffy Duck and Porky Pig's cartoons, but it still has many pleasures and as a fan of Sherlock Holmes this reviewer loved its fun and affectionate take on the characters and such.
It is agreed that 'Deduce You Say' loses its energy when the Shropshire Slasher shows up, and that the humour lacks the same timing, quality (the antics indeed are very predictable and not as funny as the rest of the cartoon) and bite of the material beforehand. Shropshire Slasher pales in comparison to Daffy and Porky in the humour stakes and is also not as threatening as he could have been, despite being set up so well when off-screen to be so, and while this reviewer had no problem with the animation the design of the Shropshire Slasher is pretty odd.
However, while very different to usual Chuck Jones animation standards and more angular (so it is understandable that the animation won't be to everybody's tastes) the animation is mostly very good, with great use of shadings, shadows and shapes, a hauntingly atmospheric noir-ish feel to it which is wholly appropriate for a cartoon putting its spin on Sherlock Holmes. Milt Franklyn has his usual characterful energy and orchestral lushness, while also having a chillingly effective gloominess at particularly the start.
Also am in agreement that Michael Maltese's script and the gags are top-notch here. There is some razor-sharp and hilarious writing here for a vast majority of 'Deduce You Say' and the final quip is very funny though not exactly new. The gags are well-animated and imaginative, and there is a great Conan-Doyle-like atmosphere in the story throughout while with shades (as you can guess though this is very atypical Looney Tunes and Chuck Jones, and some may find it somewhat too different) of the loony Looney Tunes style.
Pacing for a vast majority of 'Deduce You Say' is vibrant and crisp, if slackening when the villain shows up. Daffy is hilarious in the "Dorlock Holmes" role and Porky is wonderfully reserved as "Watkins". Mel Blanc does a brilliant job with the voices, considering Blanc's outstanding calibre as a voice actor one doesn't expect any less.
In conclusion, funny, affectionate and atmospheric. Not a classic, but very good though with a couple of things that bring it down a touch. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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