Dinky quits the cartoon business and gets a job as a spokes-duck for TV commercials.


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Allen Swift ...
Dinky Duck / Creative Director (voice)


Dinky Duck escapes the clutches of a weasel, only to fall off a cliff and into a river, putting him in the path of a ravenous alligator. Dinky stops the film and declares that he has taken enough beatings from these cartoons. He walks off the screen and down the theater aisle, determined to find a better occupation. He walks past a TV showroom and sees a cat doing a mattress commercial. Now that's a soft job. Dinky declares that he is getting on television. He goes to the Go-Go TV studio and immediately gets a job as a spokes-duck. Dinky finds himself in commercials for raincoats, freezers, sun lamps, watches and Niripsa-brand aspirin. He quickly learns that weasels and alligators are nowhere near as dangerous as sponsors. Written by J. Spurlin

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15 November 1957 (USA)  »

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[first lines]
Dinky Duck: Hey, wait a minute. Wait a minute! I've been taking a beating in these cartoons for years. I've had it. I quit!
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It's a Living was a moderately amusing Terrytoon short from the Gene Deitch era
19 April 2010 | by (Baton Rouge, La.) – See all my reviews

Just watched this Terrytoon cartoon starring a forgotten character named Dinky the Duck on the DailyMotion site. In this one, we see the little mallard escaping a weasel and an alligator when the duck stops the film and says he's tired of the repetition of doing chases in cartoons so he steps off the screen and goes to audition for TV commercials. He may eventually regret that decision...Made during the Gene Deitch era of the studio, this cartoon attempts to be a satire of how dangerous it is to go from one commercial to another when one gets doused in water, frozen, get too much heat after getting thawed out, etc. It's when Dinky experiences what I just mentioned the only time I found anything even amusing in this animated short. Otherwise, this wasn't very good. Still, It's a Living is worth a look for anyone interested in these rare Terrytoon shorts. P.S. Dinky's voice, Allen Swift, died yesterday at age 86. He was a particular favorite of Mr. Deitch over the years.

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