Ducking the Devil
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|Ducking the Devil|
|Merrie Melodies (Daffy Duck) series|
|Directed by||Robert McKimson|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc|
|Music by||Milt Franklyn|
|Animation by||George Grandpre
|Layouts by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Backgrounds by||William Butler|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||August 17, 1957|
At a zoo, a cage was reserved for Taz. He soon escapes and runs amok. Meanwhile, Daffy is at home in his duck pond, and reads about Taz's escape in a newspaper. Taz soon finds him and gives chase after the black mallard. While fleeing from Taz's hungry jaws, Daffy hears a news bulletin posting a $5,000 reward for the Tasmanian Devil's return which also says Taz becomes docile when exposed to music. After failing with a radio (the extension cord doesn't go too far), a trombone (Daffy loses the slide) and bagpipes (apparently the only music Taz doesn't like), Daffy eventually resorts to using his own voice to calm the devil. Eventually, after serenading him for ten miles, Daffy leads Taz to his cage, slamming the door on the beast just as he finished his song-and his voice gives out. After Taz grabs some of the Duck's reward money which slipped on the ground, Daffy rushes inside the cage screaming his famous line "its mine, mine all mine", and beats Taz up, and reassures the audience that he may be a coward, "but I'm a greeeedy little coward."
"Ducking the Devil" is available on the Looney Tunes Superstars DVD. However, it was cropped to widescreen. It was also included in Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 1, this time in the ratio in which it was originally animated (fullscreen aspect ratio).
"Zookeeper Burton", mentioned by a radio announcer in a newsflash that Daffy is listening to, is possibly a reference to Warners production manager John Burton. (It is rather funny that, even at this late date, the aging remnants of the old Termite Terrace gang would still be referring to themselves and their studio as a "zoo".)
This is one of several WB cartoons that uses the gag of receiving a package immediately after placing the order in the mailbox.
This was the only Golden Age Warner Bros. cartoon where Taz's adversary was a character other than Bugs Bunny (in this case, Daffy Duck).
This is also one of the few times Daffy goes after a large sum of money and not only succeeds in getting it, but KEEPS it by the cartoons end.
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