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Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck
Daffy Duck in Duck Amuck.
First appearance Porky's Duck Hunt (April 17, 1937)
Created by Tex Avery
Voiced by Mel Blanc (1937-1989)
Dee Bradley Baker (Space Jam)

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Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character in the Warner Brothers Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons. Daffy was the first of the new breed of "screwball" characters that emerged in the 1930s to supplant traditional "everyman" characters, such as Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck, popular in the 1940s. An animated cartoon is a short, hand-drawn (or made with computers or type writers to look similar to something hand-drawn) film for the cinema, television or computer screen, featuring some kind of story or plot (even if it is a very short one). ... “WB” redirects here. ... Looney Tunes opening title Looney Tunes is a Warner Brothers animated cartoon series which ran in many movie theatres from 1930 to 1969. ... Merrie Melodies end title Merrie Melodies is the name of a series of animated cartoons distributed by Warner Bros. ... The screwball comedy is a subgenre of the comedy film genre. ... Mickey Mouse is an Academy Award-winning comic animal cartoon character who has become an icon for The Walt Disney Company. ... Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character from Walt Disney Productions. ...


Virtually every Warner Brothers animator put his own spin on the Daffy Duck character, who may be a lunatic vigilante in one short but a greedy gloryhound in another. Bob Clampett and Chuck Jones both made extensive use of these two very different versions of the character. An animator is an artist who creates multiple images called frames that form an illusion of movement called animation when rapidly displayed. ... Subfamilies Dendrocygninae Oxyurinae Anatinae Aythyinae Merginae Duck is the common name for a number of species in the Anatidae family of birds. ... Robert Emerson Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Chuck Jones in 1976 Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. ...

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Origin

Daffy first appeared on April 17, 1937 in Porky's Duck Hunt, directed by Tex Avery and animated by Bob Clampett. The cartoon is a standard hunter/prey pairing for which Schlesinger's studio was famous, but Daffy (not more than a bit player in this short) represented something new to moviegoers: an assertive, combative protagonist, completely unrestrainable. As Clampett later recalled, "At that time, audiences weren't accustomed to seeing a cartoon character do these things. And so, when it hit the theaters it was an explosion. People would leave the theaters talking about this daffy duck."[1] is the 107th day of the year (108th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1937 (MCMXXXVII) was a common year starting on Friday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Porkys Duck Hunt was an animated short directed by Tex Avery that came out on April 17, 1937. ... Frederick Bean Fred/Tex Avery (February 26, 1908 – August 26, 1980) was an American animator, cartoonist, and director, famous for producing animated cartoons during The Golden Age of Hollywood animation. ... Robert Emerson Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ...


This early Daffy is short and pudgy, with stubby legs and beak, but is nevertheless "quacktastic". The Mel Blanc voice characterization, and the white neck ring contrasting with the black feathers, are about the only aspects of the character that would remain consistent through the years. Melvin Jerome Blanc (May 30, 1908 – July 10, 1989) was a prolific American voice actor. ...


The origin of Daffy's voice is a matter of some debate. One oft-repeated "official"story is that it was patterned after producer Leon Schlesinger's tendency to lisp. However, in Mel Blanc's autobiography, That's Not All Folks!, he contradicts that conventional belief, writing "It seemed to me that such an extended mandible would hinder his speech, particularly on words containing an s sound. Thus 'despicable' became 'desthpicable'." Leon Schlesinger (1884 - December 25, 1949) was a producer at the Warner Bros. ...


Different interpretations

Daffy Duck's personality, as well as his appearance (though slightly), changed throughout the life of his character.


Clampett's Daffy

Animator Bob Clampett immediately seized upon the duck character and cast him in a series of cartoons in the 1930s and 1940s. Clampett's Daffy is a wild and zany screwball, perpetually bouncing around the screen with cries of "Hoo-hoo! Hoo-hoo!" (In his autobiography, Mel Blanc stated that the zany demeanor was inspired by Hugh Herbert's catchphrase, which was taken to a wild extreme for Daffy). Clampett physically redesigned the character, making him taller and lankier, and rounding out his beak and feet. He was often paired with Porky Pig. (Appropriately enough, "Daffy" means "crazy", a variant of "daft", and his soon-to-be-rival's name, "Bugs", also means "crazy"). An animator is an artist who creates multiple images called frames that form an illusion of movement called animation when rapidly displayed. ... Robert Emerson Bob Clampett (May 8, 1913–May 4, 1984) was an American animator, producer, director, and puppeteer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Hugh Herbert (b. ... Porky Pig is an Academy Award-nominated animated cartoon character in the Warner Bros. ...

Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in Robin Hood Daffy
Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in Robin Hood Daffy

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McKimson's Daffy

By the early 1940s, director Robert McKimson tamed Daffy a bit, redesigning him yet again to be rounder and less elastic. The studio also instilled some of Bugs Bunny's savvy into the duck, making him as brilliant with his mouth as he was with his battiness. This era also saw Daffy teamed up with Porky Pig, the duck's one-time rival, now his straight man. Daffy would also feature in several war-themed shorts during World War II. Daffy always stays true to his unbridled nature, however: for example, attempting to dodge conscription in Draftee Daffy (1945), and battling a Nazi goat intent on eating Daffy's scrap metal in Scrap Happy Daffy (1943). This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Robert Bob McKimson, Sr. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... This article is about the comedy duo. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... Draftee Daffy is a 1945 Merrie Melodies Daffy Duck cartoon, directed by Robert Clampett. ... Year 1945 (MCMXLV) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar). ... National Socialism redirects here. ... Scrap Happy Daffy is a Warner Brothers World War Two short featuring Daffy Duck, directed by Frank Tashlin and released in 1943. ... Year 1943 (MCMXLIII) was a common year starting on Friday (the link will display full 1943 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Jones's Daffy

As Bugs Bunny supplanted Daffy as WB's most popular character, the directors still found ample use for the duck. Several cartoons place him in parodies of popular movies and radio serials. For example, Drip-along Daffy (released in 1951 and named after the popular Hopalong Cassidy character) throws Daffy into a Western, while Robin Hood Daffy (1958) casts the duck in the role of the legendary outlaw. In Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953), Daffy trades barbs (and bullets) with Marvin the Martian, with Porky Pig retaining the role of Daffy's sidekick. Other parodies were Daffy in The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946) as "Duck Twacy" (Dick Tracy) and as "Stupor Duck" {Superman). Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... Drip-Along Daffy is a Warner Bros. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the fictional character. ... Justus D. Barnes, from The Great Train Robbery The Western is one of the classic American literary and film genres. ... Robin Hood Daffy is a 1958 Warner Brothers cartoon featuring Daffy Duck as legendary outlaw Robin Hood. ... Year 1958 (MCMLVIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Robin Hood memorial statue in Nottingham. ... Duck Dodgers is the fictional star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... This page is about the cartoon character. ... Daffy Duck in Duck Amuck. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Dick Tracy is a long-running comic strip featuring a popular and familiar character in American pop culture. ... Superman is a fictional character and comic book superhero , originally created by American writer Jerry Siegel and Canadian artist Joe Shuster and published by DC Comics. ...


Bugs' ascension to stardom also prompted the Warner animators to recast Daffy as the rabbit's rival, intensely jealous and determined to steal back the spotlight, while Bugs either remained indifferent to the duck's jealousy or used it to his advantage. The idea was most successfully used by Chuck Jones, who redesigned the duck once again, making him scrawnier and scruffier. In Jones' famous "Hunter's Trilogy" of Rabbit Fire, Rabbit Seasoning, and Duck! Rabbit! Duck! (19511953) Daffy's vanity and excitedness provide Bugs Bunny the perfect opportunity to fool the hapless Elmer Fudd into repeatedly shooting the poor duck's bill off. Jones' Daffy sees himself as self-preservationist, not selfish. However, this Daffy can do nothing that does not backfire on him, singeing his tailfeathers as well as his dignity.[2] Chuck Jones in 1976 Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912 – February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Bros. ... Bugs and Daffy fight over which one of them is in season at the moment, in this scene from Rabbit Fire. ... Rabbit Seasoning is a 1952 Bugs Bunny cartoon. ... Duck! Rabbit! Duck! is a 1953 Merrie Melodies cartoon, directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Bugs Bunny. ... Year 1951 (MCMLI) was a common year starting on Monday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Elmer J. Fudd is a fictional cartoon character and one of the most famous Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies characters. ... The beak, bill or rostrum is an external anatomical structure of birds which, in addition to eating, is used for grooming, manipulating objects, killing prey, probing for food, courtship, and feeding their young. ...


Film critic Steve Schneider calls Jones's Daffy "a kind of unleashed id."[3] Jones said that his version of the character "expresses all of the things we're afraid to express."[4] This is evident in Jones's Duck Amuck (1953), "one of the few unarguable masterpieces of American animation," according to Schneider.[5] In the episode, Daffy is plagued by a godlike animator whose malicious paintbrush alters the setting, soundtrack, and even Daffy himself. When Daffy demands to know who is responsible for the changes, the camera pulls back to reveal none other than Bugs Bunny. Duck Amuck is widely heralded as a classic of filmmaking for its illustration that a character's personality can be recognized independently of appearance, setting, voice and plot.[5] In 1999, the short was selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry. This article or section may be confusing or unclear for some readers, and should be edited to rectify this. ... Scene from Duck Amuck Duck Amuck is a surreal 1951 animated cartoon produced by Warner Bros. ... Year 1953 (MCMLIII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ... This article is about motion pictures. ... This article is about the year. ... The National Film Registry is the registry of films selected by the United States National Film Preservation Board for preservation in the Library of Congress. ...


Friz Freleng would use the Jones idea for Daffy in Show Biz Bugs (1957) wherein Daffy's trained pigeon act and complicated tap dance number is answered by nothing but crickets chirping in the audience, while Bugs' simple song-and-dance numbers brings wild applause. Isadore Friz Freleng (August 21, 1906[1]–May 26, 1995) was an animator, cartoonist, director, and producer best known for his work on the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons from Warner Bros. ... Bugs and Daffy perform a dance number to entertain the audience. ... Year 1957 (MCMLVII) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1957 Gregorian calendar). ... Man tap dancing. ...


Daffy in the 1960s

After the Warner Bros. animation studio reopened in the 1960s, Daffy Duck would become a true villain in several Speedy Gonzales cartoons. In one episode set in the desert, Daffy is determined to keep the mice away from a desperately needed well, apparently for its own sake, to the point where he attempts to destroy it after getting the water he needs, forcing Speedy to stop him. The Warner Bros. studio was entering its twilight years, and even Daffy had to stretch for humor in the period. The 1960s decade refers to the years from 1960 to 1969, inclusive. ... For the Speedy Gonzales song, see Pat Boone. ...


Daffy today

Daffy Duck, as seen in the episode of the Duck Dodgers - The Wrath of Canasta
Daffy Duck, as seen in the episode of the Duck Dodgers - The Wrath of Canasta

Daffy continues to live on in a number of cameo appearances and later cartoons such as a piano duel with fellow fowl Donald Duck in 1988's Who Framed Roger Rabbit. Daffy has also had major roles in films such as Space Jam in 1996 and Looney Tunes: Back in Action in 2003. The latter film does much to flesh out his character, even going so far as to cast a sympathetic light on Daffy's gloryseeking ways in one scene, where he complains that he works tirelessly without achieving what Bugs does without even trying. That same year, Warner Bros. cast him in a brand-new Duck Dodgers series. He had a cameo appearance in the Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries episode, "When Granny Ruled The Earth", first airing on March 27, 1999. Daffy has also been featured in several webtoons which can be viewed at http://www.looneytunes.com. Daffy Duck as he appears in Duck Dodgers episode 8, The Wrath of Canasta This work is copyrighted. ... Daffy Duck as he appears in Duck Dodgers episode 8, The Wrath of Canasta This work is copyrighted. ... A short grand piano, with the top up. ... Donald Duck is an animated cartoon and comic-book character from Walt Disney Productions. ... Year 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII) was a leap year starting on Friday (link displays 1988 Gregorian calendar). ... Who Framed Roger Rabbit is a 1988 film produced by Amblin Entertainment and The Walt Disney Company (released on its Touchstone Pictures banner), which blends traditional animation and live action. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Looney Tunes: Back in Action was a 2003 Warner Bros. ... Year 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Duck Dodgers is the fictional star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ... The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries is an animated television series which aired between 1995 and 2000 on Kids WB, and was later re-run on Cartoon Network. ... is the 86th day of the year (87th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the year. ... Simple animation in Flash MX; a square moving across the screen in a motion tween, one of the basic functions of Flash. ...


In the television series Tiny Toon Adventures, Daffy appears as hero and mentor of Plucky Duck, and a teacher at Acme Looniversity. Daffy is shown as a baby in the Baby Looney Tunes show, and made occasional cameos on Animaniacs and Histeria! In the show Loonatics Unleashed, his descendant is Danger Duck (voiced by Jason Marsden), who is also lame and unpopular to his teammates. In the majority of these appearances, the selfish, neurotic and spotlight-hungry Daffy characterized by Chuck Jones is the preferred version. Steven Spielberg Presents Tiny Toon Adventures (also known as Tiny Toon Adventures or Tiny Toons) is an American animated television series created and produced as a collaborative effort between Steven Spielberg and Warner Bros. ... Plucky Duck Plucky Duck is a fictional anthropomorphic green duck who appeared in the 1990s animated series Tiny Toon Adventures. ... Tiny Toon Adventures is an animated television series created by the Warner Bros. ... Baby Looney Tunes is an American animated television series that shows Looney Tunes characters as toddlers. ... This article is about the television series. ... Histeria! was an animated television series of the late-1990s, created by Tom Ruegger (who also created Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, and Pinky and the Brain) at Warner Bros. ... Loonatics Unleashed is an American animated television series produced by Warner Bros. ... Jason Christopher Marsden (born January 3, 1975 in Providence, Rhode Island, USA) is an American screen and voice actor largely known for numerous voice roles in animated films, as well as various television series. ...


More recently, Daffy has been given larger roles in more recent Looney Tunes films and series. Following Looney Tunes: Back in Action, Warner Brothers have slowly moved the spotlight away from Bugs and more towards Daffy, as shown in the 2006 straight-to-video release Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas, where Daffy plays the lead while Bugs Bunny appears in a very minor role. Looney Tunes: Back in Action was a 2003 Warner Bros. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Bah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes Christmas is a 2006 animated direct-to-video film starring the Looney Tunes and directed by Ivan Reitman. ... Bugs Bunny is an Academy Award-winning animated rabbit who appears in the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of animated films produced by Warner Bros. ...


In the series Babylon 5, Michael Garibaldi is a great fan of Daffy Duck, and watches his cartoons with other characters. Babylon 5 is an epic American science fiction television series created, produced, and largely written by J. Michael Straczynski. ... Michael Garibaldi is a lead fictional character in the universe of the science fiction television series Babylon 5, played by Jerry Doyle. ...


Warren Beatty revealed in an interview at The Kumars at No. 42 that he himself is a huge fan of Daffy Duck, naming him his all-time favorite cartoon character. Warren also stated in the interview that he can imagine Daffy as a gigantic womanizer making Warren (who was once well known to be a big womanizer) look like a priest. Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... The Kumars at No. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Comics

Dell Comics published several Daffy Duck comic books, beginning in Four Color Comics #457, #536 and #615, then continuing as Daffy #4-17 (1956-59), then as Daffy Duck #18-30 (1959-62). The comic book series was subsequently continued in Gold Key Comics Daffy Duck #31-127 (1962-79). Dell Comics was the comic book publishing arm of Dell Publications, which got its start in pulp magazines. ... A comic book is a magazine or book containing the art form of comics. ... One of the earlier issues of Four Color, featuring Walt Disneys Donald Duck. ... Gold Key Comics was an imprint of Western Publishing cteated for comic books distributed to newstands. ...


Other Actors who voiced Daffy

Daffy has been voiced by other actors besides Mel Blanc and Joe Alaskey:

Blanc's early version of Daffy was closer to his characterization of Woody Woodpecker. In time he developed the slobbery, lispy sound, supposedly based on Warner cartoon producer Leon Schlesinger, that was essentially the same voice as Sylvester except that it was played back at a faster-than-recorded speed. In one of the features on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set, there is a rare audio of Blanc discussing a set of recordings he is about to make for the 1960s TV program, The Bugs Bunny Show. In that audio he states, "We record Daffy separately, because it's speed." This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... Dee Bradley Baker was born August 31, 1962 [1] in Indiana. ... Woody Woodpecker, from the opening title sequence for the 1951 short Puny Express. ... Sylvester J. Pussycat, Sr. ... The Looney Tunes Golden Collection is a yearly series of four-disc DVD box sets from Warner Bros. ...


See also

The Golden Age of American animation is a period in American animation history that began with the advent of sound cartoons in 1928 and lasted into the 1960s when theatrical animated shorts slowly began losing to the new medium of television animation. ... This is a list of the various animated cartoons featuring Daffy Duck. ... Duck Dodgers is the fictional star of a series of cartoons produced by Warner Bros. ...

Notes

  1. ^ Interview with Michael Barrier, quoted in Schneider 150.
  2. ^ Schneider 159–60.
  3. ^ Schneider 161.
  4. ^ Quoted in Schniedier 161.
  5. ^ a b Schneider 112.

References

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  • Adamson, Joe (1990). Bugs Bunny: 50 Years and Only One Grey Hare. Henry Holt & Co.
  • Schneider, Steve (1990). That's All Folks!: The Art of Warner Bros. Animation. Henry Holt & Co.
  • Solomon, Charles (1994). The History of Animation: Enchanted Drawings. Random House Value Publishing.

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  • Daffy Duck on Warner Bros site.

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