Daffy Duck, stranded on a desert island and starving, finds canned food on an island. However, there's one problem, Speedy Gonzales has the only available can opener.

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Daffy Duck / Speedy Gonzales / Robinson Crusoe (voice)
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Daffy Duck, stranded on a desert island and starving, finds canned food on an island. However, there's one problem, Speedy Gonzales has the only available can opener.

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27 March 1965 (USA)  »

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The title refers to the 1851 Herman Melville novel "Moby Dick" about the adventures of the wandering sailor Ishmael and his voyage on the whaler "Pequod", commanded by Captain Ahab who had an obsession with the great white whale named Moby Dick. See more »

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Odd But Not Hopeless Pairing.
24 May 2014 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Moby Duck is a short produced during the closing years of Warner Bros' "Golden Age", under De Patie Freleng studios. At these points the team were struggling far more in terms of budget and production, reducing the amount of cartoons they could produce. As a result they chose to continue the series of their currently most popular character, and at times possible try to merge them together, resulting in some bizarre pair ups, most infamously Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales.

While the previous reviews here criticize the duo as having no chemistry, I feel there was potential. Since Daffy wasn't a natural enemy of Speedy, they needed actual personality traits to cause a rift between them rather than just relying on the standard cat and mouse formula. The only problem was that the usual solution to this was to just make Daffy one dimensionally villainous (though there were some clever exceptions). For what it's worth a less suspecting bully did well displaying Speedy's naively kind natured personality. Considering how bland I usually considered Speedy compared to his foes in his 50s run, he comes off as thoroughly endearing character in this short, which must be worth something in terms of De Patie Freleng's quality.

The short is something of a remake of "Canned Feud", with a character coming into possession of canned food, but a mouse keeping away the required can opener. Compared to the previous short however, where the mouse was starving Sylvester solely for sadistic laughs, Speedy is clearly the good guy here, attempting to use it as negotiation bait against the selfish Daffy who is refusing to share a crumb of food they fished up on their desert island. When Daffy's stubborn zeal puts him through hell in constant attempts to find his own means, Speedy eventually feels too sorry for him and gives him the can opener anyway. It ends up a karmic victory for the rodent however, invited to a banquet while Daffy's goods are swept away.

The result is a pretty poor Daffy cartoon, but a rather decent Speedy cartoon. Don't expect anything on par with Termite Terrance's gems, but the series has more enjoyment than some will let on.


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