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Robin Hood Daffy (1958)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 8 March 1958 (USA)
Daffy haplessly attempts to prove to the jocularly doubtful Friar Tuck Porky that he is actually Robin Hood.

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Daffy play Robin Hood who is so intent that he is the real Mccoy to Friar Tuck (Porky) that he ends up convincing everyone, including himself, that he is not. Written by Kenneth Chisholm <kchishol@execulink.com>

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Trivia

At one point Porky Pig (in the character of Friar Tuck) is walking in the forest singing the first verse of "The Ballad of Barbara Allen". See more »

Goofs

At one point Porky Pig (in the character of Friar Tuck) is walking in the forest singing the first verse of "The Ballad of Barbara Allen". Historians and Musicologists have dated the song only to 1666, not to Robin Hood's 12th Century. See more »

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[first lines]
Daffy Duck: [singing] Oh... Join up with me, so joyous and free / Away to old Sherwood hie / For I'm Robin Hood, and I'm very good / At avoiding the Sheriff's eye / So we'll trip along merrily / Thro' the green woods so gracefully / To trip it, trip it, trip it, trip it / trip it up and down / To trip it, trip it...
[trips down a hill]
Daffy Duck: ...trip it, trip it, trip it - Whoops! - trip it, trip it, trip it...
[falls into a pond]
Daffy Duck: [finishing song] ... so trip it up and down!
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Crazy Credits

The opening titles appear on arrows shot at a target. As the final title card (Starring Daffy Duck) appears, the camera pulls back to reveal that Daffy has been shooting the arrows at point-blank range. He notices the camera and slinks away, shamefaced. See more »

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Referenced in Behind the Tunes: Hard Luck Duck (2003) See more »

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Barbara Allen
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Traditional English folk song
Sung by Porky Pig
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Of the "Daffy as a fictional hero" shorts, it's one of the weaker ones
6 February 2015 | by See all my reviews

With the Chuck Jones incarnation of Daffy, you know very well that he'll nearly always lose. Even when he's based on a famous fictional character, he'll generally be supremely incompetent. But how he loses is what makes it entertaining.

Robin Hood Daffy feels quite a bit more formulaic in the sense that the elements of dialogue don't seem to interact(a bit hard to explain). Daffy does something stupid, Porky laughs and/or snarks. In other looney tunes shorts, this formula is not nearly as explicit but here it's pretty hard to ignore. The dialogue doesn't really build up to anything is what I'm saying; you already know that Porky isn't going to be convinced whereas with Bugs he still have to put effort into the way he tricks someone. This may be attributed to the fact that Porky isn't really his main antagonist but he still feels rather static.

And even when Daffy fails, it doesn't even feel as entertaining as usual. Here it's more just "slamming into things". This doesn't really elicit different expressions on the characters so the sense of pain is lost in the transition. Maybe the sound of the impact is meant to compensate but without a variety of consequences it's more just a gag in a vacuum.

Animation wise, the cartoon doesn't feel nearly as lively. Chuck Jones shorts are usually known for being subtler but here they feel particularly restrained. There are some unique aspects such as the bouncing walks of the pony.

Overall, it doesn't mean it's an objectively bad cartoon. But there's definitely a sense energy is lacking with the character and the gags. You do see some great poses(which Chuck Jones Shorts are also well known for).


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