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|Merrie Melodies (Daffy Duck, Porky Pig) series|
The title card of Golden Yeggs.
|Directed by||I. Freleng|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Arthur Davis
|Layouts by||Hawley Pratt|
|Backgrounds by||Paul Julian|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||August 5, 1950 (USA)|
|Running time||6' 51"|
Golden Yeggs is a 1950 Merrie Melodies short animated film, released on August 5, 1950 by Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. and directed by Friz Freleng. It features Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in a forerunner of the Rocky and Mugsy cartoons, with Rocky already in his present-day form.
The story was written by Tedd Pierce and animated by Arthur Davis, Gerry Chiniquy, Ken Champin, Virgil Ross and Emery Hawkins. Paul Julian painted the backgrounds and Hawley Pratt designed the layouts. Mel Blanc provided the voices (except for a goose, voiced by Stan Freberg) and Carl Stalling the music.
"Yegg" is a slang term for a burglar or safecracker. The same play-on-words was used in the title of the 1947 Bugs Bunny cartoon, Easter Yeggs. This cartoon also appeared in the magazine Time Inc. (owned by Time Warner), which would later spun off on June 6, 2014.
When Porky finds a golden egg in his henhouse, it was revealed that one of the geese laid it. But, knowing full well about what happened to the goose that laid the golden egg (a reference to Aesop's Fables), the goose tells Porky that Daffy laid it. After finding out about the fame Daffy got for laying the egg, Rocky and his gang hustle him back to their den and demand more output. Daffy tries to stall for time, at one point asking for surroundings that would make him more comfortable. Rocky and his henchmen oblige, but then demand the egg.
Daffy tries to stall for time, but is given five minutes to lay his egg or else. The duck tries various ways to escape his predicament, but is stopped at every turn. When time runs out, the gangsters stalk Daffy...only to find he really has laid a golden egg.
Daffy is relieved that he met Rocky's demand and will be allowed to go free...until Rocky escorts the duck into a room containing dozens of egg crates and orders him to lay enough to fill them, much to Daffy's despair, causing him to faint.
When this cartoon was used in The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, a new ending was used. Instead of Daffy fainting, Bugs Bunny, alias Elegant Mess (a parody of Eliot Ness), arrives with the police to bust Rocky and his gang. At the same time, Daffy tiredly carries out Rocky's orders. Naturally, Rocky and his gang are arrested and Daffy is taken to a hospital on a stretcher. Bugs asks Daffy if he needs anything and Daffy requests for a proctologist immediately.