Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
|Duck Dodgers and the
Return of the 24½th Century
|Merrie Melodies (Daffy Duck and Porky Pig) series|
|Directed by||Chuck Jones|
|Produced by||Chuck Jones|
|Story by||Michael Maltese
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Dean Elliot|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||1980 (USA)|
|Running time||6:41 minutes
(The Edited Version)
(The Uncut Version)
Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century is a 1980 cartoon starring Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and Marvin the Martian. It is the sequel to the 1952 film Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century. It was the first Daffy and Porky cartoon since 1965. This cartoon first aired on November 20, 1980, as part of an animated TV special called Daffy Duck's Thanks-For-Giving with scenes that would later be cut when this cartoon was reformatted as a short.
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 sidekick, 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, in an attempt to solve the "fuel problem". Marvin asks Dodgers to visit the boudoir of Gossamer, which Dodgers thinks is a Space Princess, but Gossamer turns out to be a giant, hairy monster in sneakers, and the frightened Dodgers flees. Porky uses electronic clippers to literally haircut Gossamer into nothingness, and Dodgers, furious of his assistant's all-too-literal interpretations of his commands, repeatedly fires his gun at Porky. When Porky asks what Earth will do without the rack-and-pinion molecule Dodgers replies 'Let them eat cake.'
Changes in the reformatted version
- The following scenes were cut when this cartoon was reformatted as an individual animated short:
- Dodgers telling Marvin he's under arrest.
- Porky using a straitjacket gun to capture Marvin the Martian.
- The real ending where Marvin (still wrapped in the straitjacket) aims his missile at Earth and fires it, then tells the viewers that the missile will take three days to reach Earth, giving everyone time to get their affairs in order before getting killed (which explains the "That's All Folks!" ending card where Marvin the Martian says, "Don't worry, folks. After all, it's only a cartoon").
- The Nickelodeon version of this cartoon cuts out the "That's All Folks!" ending card where Marvin the Martian says, "Don't worry, folks. After all, it's only a cartoon," along with the edits made to it when it was reformatted as a cartoon short.
- The edited version of this cartoon has been seen on ABC, Cartoon Network, and even in such home video releases as Marvin the Martian and K-9: 50 Years on Earth VHS, Marvin the Martian: Space Tunes VHS, the Bugs and Friends Japanese laserdisc set, the DVD release of Daffy Duck's Quackbusters and the Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1 Blu-Ray set. In short, almost all current prints of this cartoon are edited.
- "'Duck Dodgers' Flies Again". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-01.