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Rocket Squad (1956)

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In a futuristic city, Detectives Monday and Tuesday pursue a wanted criminal.

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Daffy Duck / Sgt. Joe Monday / Porky Pig / Detective Shmoe Tuesday / George 'Mother' Machree / The Chief / Narrator (voice)
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Even in a future of rocket ships, videophones, all-knowing computers, and skyscrapers towering into space, there is need for law and order. In this futuristic parody of "Dragnet", Daffy Duck and Porky Pig are police officers Monday and Tuesday, patrolling the skies in their astro-car and pursuing a criminal named George "Mother" Machre. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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10 March 1956 (USA)  »

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Among the names on the buttons of the Criminal Dectecto Set are John Burton Jr. (as John Burton), Tedd Pierce, Chuck Jones (as C.M. Jones), Mel Blanc, Norman Moray and Edward Selzer (as Eddie Selzer). See more »

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Daffy Duck: Machree was found to be at Elsa's Blast-Inn, selecting a sandwich. 12:40: He selected a pastrami on rye with mustard. That figured. We didn't have much time. He was a notoriously fast eater. 1:07: He left the Blast-Inn. 1:08: We arrived at the Blast-Inn. Our deductions later proved that we had missed him by one minute. 1:09: We set out in pursuit.
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Just the future, ma'am.
17 February 2007 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

More than any other Looney Tunes cartoon, "Rocket Squad" proves - in my opinion, at least - that they didn't have to do much to be hilarious. In this case, the setting is the space age (in fact, pretty much the same setting as "Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century") and humans now populate the entire universe. The men in charge of law enforcement are Sgt. Joe Friday (Daffy Duck) and his sidekick Sgt. Shmoe Monday (Porky Pig). Even though Friday never gets the time right, he always springs into action when called upon to stop crime. In fact, it's really easy, as the transport machine is labeled "Scene of the Crime". Having collected the evidence, they set out to find the perpetrator. Only there's a twist at the end.

Aside from the simple "Dragnet" spoof, it's just a riot how this cartoon offers a new gag every minute. Aside from the transporter, there's the no-parking sign, the chief on the TV, and the ubiquitous in-joke: the names of criminals features John Burton, Tedd Pierce, C.M. Jones, Mel Blanc and Eddie Selzer. No matter how irreverent they get, you can't assume that it's the limit.

I should identify that Daffy and Porky aren't their usual wacky selves here. In fact, they mostly stare and talk softly. Of course, since they're spoofing "Dragnet", they have to imitate it. And maybe the creators did sort of rip off "Duck Dodgers..." with the backgrounds, but that's no crime. This cartoon is a laugh riot the whole way through. I'm sure that the creators must have had a great time making it.


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