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The Ducksters (1950)

Porky is a contestant of a sadistic big money radio quiz show hosted by Daffy Duck.

Director:

Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Daffy Duck / Porky Pig / Audience Member (voice)
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Storyline

Daffy Duck as a radio quiz-show host, and Porky Pig as his contestant. Daffy penalizes Porky very roughly if he doesn't answer a question properly or within the (ridiculously short) designated time. He: drops safes, boulders and waterfalls on Porky; forces Porky to name all 48 states in a very brief moment of time; locks Porky in with a ravenous gorilla and threatens him. Written by Ondre Lombard <olombard@lombard.cyberverse.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 September 1950 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Das Entenquiz See more »

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Production Co:

Warner Bros. See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

The "Miss Shush" Porky is asked to identify by the sound of brushing her teeth is actually, as Daffy tells the audience, "Mamie the 600-Pound Gorilla who appears in Obnoxious Pictures' 'Jungle Jitters'". Both the character and film are fictitious; this is not a reference to the M-G-M cartoon Jungle Jitters (1934) directed by Ub Iwerks nor Warner Brothers' own 1938 cartoon of the same name, directed by Friz Freleng, the latter of which did not feature a gorilla. See more »

Goofs

Porky is asked who was the referee for the New Zealand heavyweight championship of 1726 (and then the name of the referee's second-grade teacher); however, New Zealand did not have a permanent European presence until after 1800. See more »

Quotes

Daffy Duck: And for being such a good sport, I'm going to give you the 26 million dollars and three cents.
Porky Pig: [on phone] H-hello, I would like to speak to the president of the Ajax Broadcasting Company.
[pause]
Porky Pig: H-hello? How much will you take for your television network?
[pause]
Porky Pig: Eh, 26 million dollars and three cents? Sold!
Daffy Duck: [uneasy] Hello, boss.
[gulps]
Porky Pig: [snatches Daffy's answer sheet] In w-what latitude and l-longitude did the wreck of the Hesperus occur?
Daffy Duck: Well, I...
[...]
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Soundtracks

The Girl Friend of the Whirling Dervish
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Daffy asks the Cleopatra question
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GOOD illustrated radio
27 March 2002 | by SpleenSee all my reviews

It was Chuck Jones who coined the phrase "illustrated radio" to describe the excessively talky style of limited animation introduced to television by Bill Hanna and Joe Barbera in the 1960s (ironically, the two directors responsible for the inspired Tom and Jerry cartoons of the 1940s and '50s, which were almost entirely devoid of dialogue). With a good cartoon, Jones argued, it ought to be possible to watch it with the sound turned off and still "get" most of it. Watch The Flintstones or Yogi Bear with the sound off, and for the most part you'll see people standing around motionless, with fixed, stock expressions on their faces, talking to one another.

There's no denying that Hanna-Barbera television cartoons are bad. But if they're "illustrated radio", is that WHY they're bad? Certainly not in itself - because this short cartoon, directed by (who else?) Chuck Jones, is illustrated radio if anything is. Watch it without the sound and you'll miss the jokes (even the visual ones) and have difficulty making sense of it. Listen to it without the images and you'll follow what's going on easily - and it will still be funny. Moreover, what we see and here is the broadcast of a radio station quiz show, with Daffy Duck asking outrageously unfair questions of Porky Pig. If this is not "illustrated radio", what is? And yet it's one of the best cartoons ever made.

Perhaps it's misleading to point out that the cartoon makes sense without the images. To some degree the sounds imply the images. If you hear Daffy saying, "I'm sthorry, your ansthwer isth incorrect" followed by a heavy thud, part of the humour is visual: you SEE what happens, even if you have your eyes shut. The animators realise what we ought to see perfectly and (of course) outdo what we would have visualised for ourselves. The facial expressions in particular are inspired. But the carefully chosen WORDS are as crucial to the cartoon's success as any other element. The humour of Porky's desperate yet polite pleas to end the torture is almost entirely verbal - and nothing in the cartoon is funnier. Jones, despite his official stance, could easily integrate ANY kind of humour into a seamless whole, because his cartoons are always rooted in a firm understanding of character and motivation. Jones's creations NEVER step out of character. Daffy (street-wise but world-foolish, as the saying goes) shamelessly writes the rules himself; Porky (Daffy's precise opposite) gamely abides by them. Porky wins, but Jones doesn't cheat to bring this about.


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