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Ducking the Devil (1957)

The Tasmanian Devil escapes from the City Zoo. The reward for his capture is 5000 dollars, which is enough incentive for Daffy Duck to overcome his frantic cowardice and musically lull the ... See full summary »

Director:

Robert McKimson

Writer:

Tedd Pierce (story)

Star:

Mel Blanc
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Daffy Duck / Tasmanian Devil / Announcer / Zookeeper Burton / Delivery Guy / Postman (voice)
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Storyline

The Tasmanian Devil escapes from the City Zoo. The reward for his capture is 5000 dollars, which is enough incentive for Daffy Duck to overcome his frantic cowardice and musically lull the Devil into peacefully walking back with him to the City Zoo. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 August 1957 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Bailando con el demonio See more »

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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 newspaper in which Daffy reads about the escape of the Tasmanian Devil from the zoo also contains actual news stories from March 1956, including an article about President Eisenhower traveling to Bermuda for a meeting with British Prime Minister Harold Macmillan. See more »

Quotes

Daffy Duck: I may be a craven little coward, but I'm a *greedy* craven little coward. I just gotta have that five Gs!
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Connections

Followed by Dr. Devil and Mr. Hare (1964) See more »

Soundtracks

L'amour, toujours, l'amour
(uncredited)
Music by Rudolf Friml
Lyrics by Catherine Chisholm Cushing
Sung by Daffy Duck
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The Funniest Of The Tasmanian Devil Shorts
11 January 2003 | by Michael DalySee all my reviews

The Tasmanian Devil was initially a one-shot Bugs Bunny villain, but Warner Brothers liked him so much he was used for a superb series of cartoons directed by his creator, Robert McKimson. The Tasmanian Devil was usually paired with Bugs Bunny, but 1957's Ducking The Devil is the series' funniest entry because here the Devil is paired with Daffy Duck.

After escaping from the city zoo - a scene done surprisingly straight and which works as such - the Tasmanian Devil finds a meal he's especially fond of - wild duck. But Daffy Duck is no coward - until the devil shows up and drinks his swimming pond to get at him. Daffy flees for his life, but upon hearing a radio newsflash that $5,000 will be rewarded for the devil's capture, and that the brute is made docile by music, Daffy gets a plan - but $5,000 for a ten-mile hike won't be so easy with Daffy's sources of music constantly failing him.

The overall cartoon is good, but the very best moment of the cartoon and of the Tasmanian Devil series comes when Daffy gets his hands on the reward, and the devil also gets his hands on the money, which proves that Daffy Duck may be a coward, but he's a greedy one.


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