Assault and Peppered

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Assault and Peppered
Merrie Melodies (Daffy Duck/Speedy Gonzales) series
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by David H. DePatie
Friz Freleng
Story by John Dunn
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Bill Lava
Animation by Manny Perez
Warren Batchelder
Bob Matz
LaVerne Harding
Norm McCabe
Don Williams
Layouts by Dick Ung
Backgrounds by Tom O'Loughlin
Studio DePatie-Freleng Enterprises
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) April 24, 1965 (US)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6'
Language English

Assault and Peppered is a Merrie Melodies cartoon featuring Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales and other mice.

Released on April 24, 1965, it was directed by Robert McKimson and produced by the award winning DePatie-Freleng, the production house responsible for the Pink Panther and other series of cartoons released by MGM.

Mel Blanc voiced Daffy Duck, Speedy Gonzales, and the mice.

Its run time is six minutes, the standard length of a Warner Brothers cartoon since pre-48 days.

The title of this cartoon is a play on the term "salt and pepper".

Synopsis[edit]

This cartoon is a semi-remake of Friz Freleng's Bunker Hill Bunny. A group of starving mice are admiring Daffy Duck's Mexican plantation (aptly named El Rancho Rio Daffy), all the while wishing to have some of his home grown food. Evil land baron, Daffy, who isn't particularly fond of beggars, suddenly appears and angrily whips the mice for "starving on his property." Unfortunately, Speedy Gonzales interrupts and startles Daffy, at which the little black duck declares war on the mouse. The two proceed to do battle in private forts, resorting to everything from cannon fire to mine fields. At the end, Speedy (exhausted from doing battle with Daffy) quits and goes home. Daffy then declares victory and rewards himself with a 21 gun salute. Unfortunately, as he pulls the strings to fire his cannons, the cannons flip in his direction ("Mother!") and blast him one-by-one (with Speedy observantly keeping count).

Censorship[edit]

  • On CBS, the part where Daffy cracks his whip at a peasant mouse and the peasant mouse's sombrero splits in two (similar to a gag in the Chuck Jones cartoon "Ali Baba Bunny" that was also edited on CBS) was cut.

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