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China Jones (1959)

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Daffy Duck is China Jones, a fortune-seeking Irish private eye working in the Far East. He finds a call for help in a Chinese fortune cookie and decides to investigate. Acting on a tip ... See full summary »

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Daffy Duck as China Jones / Porky Pig as Charley Chung / Limey Louie / Chinese Man (voice)
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Daffy Duck is China Jones, a fortune-seeking Irish private eye working in the Far East. He finds a call for help in a Chinese fortune cookie and decides to investigate. Acting on a tip displayed on a solo musician's drum, Daffy/Jones goes to a pub owned by Limey Louie to look for clues. Louie is, in fact, an ex-convict who blames Jones for sending him to jail. Louie disguises himself as a grieving widow and arranges a series of mishaps for the web-footed sleuth. Porky Pig also appears in this cartoon as Charlie Chung, the plain-clothes Chinese detective. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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McKimson and Daffy have done better, but of their later efforts China Jones is one of their better ones
20 October 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Looney Tunes was a huge part of my childhood, and even now their cartoons have endless replay value and never feel old. Is China Jones one of the best? No, the story is rather thin-on-the-ground and I agree it does get predictable eventually, though the Limey Louie reveal was a real surprise. The alligator gag is very amusing and the alligators themselves are menacing, but I couldn't help thinking it was very like, almost identical to, the one in Stork Naked. However, most of the gags are funny, the one with the dragon lady was the one that made me laugh the most, while the dialogue like the line about the Chinese laundry and Limey Louie's this little piggy went to market were inspired too. The animation has been more fluid before, but is still colourful with that unmistakable McKimson look, while the music has its usual jauntiness as well as some lovely oriental flavour. Daffy is fun to watch, he takes the verbal jokes and visual gags wonderfully as usual, though he has been more manic and crafty as well as funnier. Porky impresses in a fun cameo spoofing Charlie Chan, the ending was especially good. True it is somewhat of a stereotypical role, but I saw nothing really offensive about it. The Dragon Lady's appearance is brief but one of the highlights, but it was Limey Louie that was the real revelation, visually intimidating but every bit as good as Daffy in the humour department. Mel Blanc's voice work is superb as always. All in all, one of the better later Looney Tunes cartoons if not quite good enough to be one of their best. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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