Rodent to Stardom

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Rodent to Stardom
Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck/Speedy Gonzales) series
Directed by Alex Lovy
Produced by William L. Hendricks
Story by Cal Howard
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by William Lava
Animation by Volus Jones
Ted Bonnicksen
Laverne Harding
Ed Solomon
Backgrounds by Bob Abrams
Distributed by Warner Bros.
Release date(s) September 23, 1967 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6 minutes
Language English

Rodent to Stardom is a 1967 Looney Tunes animated short starring Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales. It is the first cartoon to credit Warner Bros. Seven Arts, but still uses the "Abstract WB" titles.


Daffy is plucked for stardom by director Harvey Hassenpfeffer of Colossal Studios—or so he thinks. However, as he was in A Star Is Bored (1956), Daffy's real fate is to be the stunt man for the star, in this case Speedy Gonzales. The picture is The Nursery Rhyme Review. First, "the sky is falling"; next, the "rockabye baby" cradle falls from a treetop. Daffy realizes he needs to get rid of Speedy, so he asks for an autograph and traps Speedy in a book, which he deposits in a library. Daffy gets the love scene with Ducky Lamour, but after a number of stunts and just before the kiss, his stand-in, Speedy, takes over. "There's no business like show business, eh, Senor Daffy?" Speedy said. "Boy, you can say that again!" Daffy replied in disgust.

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