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Daffy Duck reprises his famous role of Duck Dodgers in another spoof of Saturday afternoon space serials. Assigned to locate the rack-and-pinion molecule needed for yo-yo polish, Dodgers and his assistant, an eager young space cadet (Porky Pig), crash their spaceship into a giant egg-shell, where they find Marvin Martian, who is, as usual, scheming to destroy Earth. Marvin asks Dodgers to visit the boudoir of Gossamer, a giant, hairy monster in sneakers, and the frightened Dodgers flees. Porky uses electronic clippers to literally haircut Gossamer into nothingness, and Dodgers, jealous of his assistant's heroism, repeatedly fires his ray gun at Porky's rear.Written by
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Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes, Hanna and Barbera and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons. Actually appreciate it even more now through young adult eyes, thanks to broader knowledge and taste and more interest in animation styles and various studios and directors.
Chuck Jones deserved, and still deserves, to be considered one of the best, most legendary and most influential animation directors/animators. While not quite as distinctive in directing style as other directors from the same era, in his prime era he was responsible for some of the best cartoons ever made. Michael Maltese was a fine writer with lots of razor sharp wit, Daffy Duck is one of my favourite characters in animation and ever and Mel Blanc was one of the greatest voice actors ever.
On top of being somewhat of a follow up to the masterpiece 'Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century', all of those ingredients made the potential of 'Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24 1/2th Century' despite the 80s Looney Tunes specials/cartoons not being exactly amazing.
Potential that was nowhere near lived up to. Not terrible, not close to being great either. There is none of the imagination, fun or wit of 'Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2th Century' and it all feels tired and uninspired.
Certainly there are good things. The animation has brightness and colour with some inventive moments, if not always refinement with some of the drawing scrappy. The music is lively enough and doesn't sound too cheap.
Daffy is always worth watching, and that's an understatement, and he is still interesting and not out of character. A few amusing lines of dialogue and Mel Blanc shows that he has definitely not lost it.
However, there is nothing new here and not much is amusing let alone funny, nothing is imaginative either. The gags feel stale and the timing has very little energy, fatigue is all over here.
Marvin is bland, his personality being lost behind less than great material (weak actually) for him and so is the conflict and Porky is pretty useless. He is great usually playing it straight against the more interesting character of Daffy but he has nothing to do here. Some drawing is scrappy and the whole cartoon is far too talky with nowhere near enough gags, with too much of the dialogue being nothing to write home enough this is a big problem.
Overall, not terrible but not much great here, Blanc's voice work and Daffy are the best assets. 5/10 Bethany Cox
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