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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 / Porky Pig / Limey Louie (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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14 February 1959 (USA)  »

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The reference falls flat and there's very little else to be had
29 February 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

China Jones is an adventurer and drifter in Hong Kong. When he opens a fortune cookie, he finds a message about a kidnap victim being held in a bakery. To get more information, he goes to Limey Louie's but finds that the whole thing is a set up by Louie to take revenge on Jones for putting him away

I'm not sure what is being spoofed by Daffy's Irish private detective act, but the cartoon does suffer a little bit from some of the references not being accessible, resulting in the material feeling like it is out of place. The plot itself sees Daffy being sent on wild duck chases several times before Louie reveals himself - that's all there really is to this cartoon and sadly most of it isn't very funny. A manic, Chinese speaking Daffy at the end is a highlight but only because I like the manic side of Daffy! Aside from this there are few laughs and the film just seems to be hoping that the Chinese aspect will make it feel different enough to carry itself.

Without knowing where the Daffy character actually comes from, he just comes across as being a misjudged accent and no recognisable character. An amusing and recognisable cameo from Porky pig helps the cartoon and gives it it's ending, but the other characters here are broad and pretty useless when it comes to laughs.

Overall this is a different cartoon that wears it's different setting on it's sleeve. The references are mostly lost on me apart from the Charlie Chan spoof meaning that some of the touches are lost on me. Basically this is an unfunny cartoon that was probably based on the main reference being enough to carry it but, years after that reference is lost, the remaining cartoon is unfunny and bland.


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