Daffy challenges duckhunter Elmer to a boxing match, rigged in his favor with the collusion of the duck referee. In the stands, Elmer's dog Larrimore suspects that something funny is going ... See full summary »
Another entry in the "books come alive" subgenre, with possibly more books coming alive than any other. We begin with some musical numbers, notably the various pages of Green Pastures all ... See full summary »
The Four Blackbirds,
Woman wonders why her little pet birds keep disappearing. Rudolph the cat knows, but other than burping feathers, he's not saying. But it looks like he's met his match when the woman orders... See full summary »
Many of the signs leading the caveman to the duck are parodies of 1930s-era ad slogans: "Cavemen Choose Duckies 2 to 1" is a parody of a Lucky Strike cigarette slogan, "People Choose Luckies 2 to 1." The Caveman is a parody of comedian Jack Benny. See more »
Uneventful and not very funny. Chuck Jones's early take on Daffy was too placid
Chuck Jones's 'Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur' was the sixth Daffy Duck cartoon and the first time Jones worked with the character. While he would eventually put his own stamp on the duck and direct many of the quintessential Daffy cartoons (including the incomparable 'Duck Amuck'), 'Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur' is something of a false start. At this early stage, Daffy was a purely wacky character whose manic energy had captivated audiences in frenzied cartoons directed by Tex Avery and Bob Clampett. In these early short, Daffy tears up the screen with his manic antics. 'Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur' is the first time a director significantly slowed the duck down. Personality-wise, the very early Daffy relied almost entirely on his frenetic insanity and by stripping him of this, Jones makes him a rather dull character. It is also noticeable that, despite his star billing, Daffy is relegated to a supporting player. The dinosaur that shares top billing is also given very little to do. For the most part, the spotlight is thrown upon a Jack Benny caricature caveman whose lax vocal rhythms set the tone of the cartoon. Back when Benny was a huge star, this character would no doubt have brought the house down but he barely raises a smile today, especially for a British viewer like myself. 'Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur' closes with an amusing punch line but the build-up is excruciatingly slow and uneventful. Reviewing the plot once the short is over reveals that practically nothing happens in 'Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur' and the weak, unenergetic gags do nothing to make up for this fact.
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