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The Night of the Living Duck (1988)

After indulging in horror comic book reading, Daffy has a dream where he is singing in a nightclub for monsters.




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Daffy Duck (voice)
Daffy Duck (singing voice)


Daffy's reading a scary comic book. The story ends in a cliffhanger, and Daffy rifles his bookcase looking for the next issue. A clock falls, and beans Daffy, making him think he's the featured act in a nightclub. All the customers at the nightclub are classic movie monsters. Fortunately, there was a bottle of "Eau de Tormé" in Daffy's dressing room, which makes him sing like Mel Tormé. He sings "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives" to the room, and they love it. Then he goes around the room, greeting the patrons, but his good-natured ribbing of "Smogzilla" doesn't go over well with the giant lizard, who eats Daffy. Daffy wakes up, to find himself stuck in a wastebasket, along with the comic he was looking for, with "Smogzilla" on the cover. Daffy scoffs, and the cover comes to life, saying, "You were expecting maybe Calvin Coolidge?" Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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23 September 1988 (USA)  »

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A rather mild cartoon
23 March 2005 | by (The Penumbra) – See all my reviews

This late-80's cartoon is quite easy-going but not that funny. Still, it's Daffy Duck and he's very cute. It begins with Daffy reading a horror comic book (having already read his Mad Magazine) and going crazy when he can't find the second issue of a two-part cliffhanger. In his desperate search a heavy clock falls off his bookcase and whacks him on the head. Now begins a dream sequence in which Daffy is a lounge singer for all the classic movie monsters including Dracula, Frankenstein's monster and his bride, the wolfman, creature from the black lagoon, Leatherface and er...Alfred E. Neuman.

Daffy gets over his nerves by swallowing a few cloudbursts of voice tonic, which does wonders for his lisp, thus turning him (almost) into Frank Sinatra. He then sings an easy-going song called 'Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives' which seems to make everyone happy. As his dream ends he finds his missing comic and all is well. A strange, offbeat Looney Tunes short indeed and a rather somber note for Mel Blanc to go out on.

This cartoon was part of Daffy's feature-length Quackbusters cartoon.

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