The Night of the Living Duck
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|Night of the Living Duck|
|Merrie Melodies series|
|Directed by||Greg Ford
|Produced by||Steven S. Greene|
|Story by||Greg Ford
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
Mel Tormé (singing voice)
|Music by||Music is from Previous cartoons which was conducted by Carl Stalling and Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||Brenda Banks
|Layouts by||Robert Givens
|Backgrounds by||Richard H. Thomas
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Release date(s)||September 23, 1988 (released at New York Festival)
September 24, 1988 (released with Daffy Duck's Quackbusters)
|Running time||6 min.|
Night of the Living Duck is a six minute 1987-animated, 1988-released Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Daffy Duck, directed by Greg Ford and Terry Lennon. It was released to theatres as a part of Daffy Duck's Quackbusters on September 24, 1988.
Daffy Duck, here a horror fanatic, is reading a scary comic book called "Hideous Tales" (issue #176). The comic's "Noseman" story ends in a cliffhanger, and Daffy rifles his bookcase looking for the next issue ("It's a veritable collector's item!"). While doing so however, a monster clock falls and beans Daffy, knocking him out.
This causes him to have a dream where he's the featured act in a nightclub. All the customers at the nightclub are classic movie monsters. Daffy appears unable to sing, but fortunately there was a bottle of "Eau de Tormé" in Daffy's dressing room, which makes him sing like Mel Tormé. After drinking the spray's entire contents for maximum effect, he sings "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives" to the room, and they love it. Then he goes around the room, greeting the patrons, but his good-natured ribbing of "Smogzilla" doesn't go over well with the giant lizard ("Say, Smog baby, leveled any major cities lately?", "You know, Smogzilla's just like any unemployed actor, except when he pounds the pavement, it registers a ten on the Richter scale!", "Oh, what's the matter? The public not buying those cheap special effects anymore?"), who eats Daffy.
Daffy wakes up, to find himself stuck in a wastebasket, along with the comic he was looking for (Hideous Tales issue #177), with "Smogzilla" on the cover. Daffy scoffs, and the Smogzilla on the cover comes to life saying "You were expecting maybe Calvin Coolidge?"
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- This is the last Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon where Mel Blanc voices one of his characters.
- This cartoon was the opening sequence for 1988's Daffy Duck's Quackbusters, which was released a day after this short was released.
- Alfred E. Neuman (of MAD magazine fame) appeared briefly in this short holding some drinks (when the Creature from the Black Lagoon is shown). A MAD magazine can also be seen at the start amongst the horror magazines.
- Some of the monsters featured include Count Dracula, the Brides of Dracula, Frankenstein's monster, Bride of Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, Medusa, The Fly, The Wolfman, The Mummy/Imhotep, Leatherface, Headless Horseman, two Cyclopes, some Skeletons, a Two-Headed Human, and of course Godzilla (called Smogzilla in the cartoon).
- Mel Blanc was very sick for recording voices and could not scream. Thus the noise Daffy made when he was eaten by Smogzilla were recycled from Boobs in the Woods to relieve him.