The Up-Standing Sitter

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The Up-Standing Sitter
Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck) series
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Story by Warren Foster
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Phil De Lara
Manny Gould
John Carey
Charles McKimson
Layouts by Cornett Wood
Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
Release date(s) July 3, 1948 (USA)
Color process Cinecolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English
Preceded by Daffy Duck Slept Here
Followed by You Were Never Duckier

The Up-Standing Sitter is a 1948 Warner Bros. cartoon in the Looney Tunes series, directed by Robert McKimson, starring Daffy Duck. All voices are by Mel Blanc. The title is a play on the expression "up-standing citizen" and on standing being opposite of sitting (a fact which figures into the film's closing gag.) The cartoon was made in Cinecolor when a 1948 strike briefly halted production at Technicolor.[1]

Plot synopsis[edit]

Daffy Duck, working for a baby-sitting agency, is sent to a farm to sit for a hen who is literally "sitting" on an egg and wants to take a trip. Soon after the hen leaves, the egg hatches, producing a yellow chick whose shape, voice and attitude are similar to that of Henery Hawk.

The chick first calls Daffy "Daddy", then "cousin", "uncle", etc. When Daffy points out he is not a relative, the chick says he is not supposed to talk to strangers, and runs away with Daffy in hot pursuit of his charge. The chick first simply eludes Daffy, and then begins to torment the duck with one violent gag after another (anticipating Home Alone by decades).

At one point, Daffy (whose voice is identical to Sylvester's but electronically sped up)[2] invokes a phrase more closely associated with the cat: "Sufferin' succotash!"

In the process, Daffy also incurs the wrath of the barnyard's bulldog, especially as many of the chick's gags lead to Daffy crashing into the dog's house, (re-)splintering it. The film's final joke has Daffy over the dog's knee as he applies a loud and painful spanking to the duck. Daffy calls his agency and tells them he will have to do his next "sitting" job standing up.


This cartoon is featured, restored, with the original Cinecolor issue (the first Cinecolor cartoon to be restored) on disc 1 of the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5.

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ That's Not All, Folks!, 1988 by Mel Blanc, Philip Bashe. Warner Books, ISBN 0-446-39089-5 (Softcover), ISBN 0-446-51244-3 (Hardcover)

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Preceded by
Daffy Duck Slept Here
Daffy Duck Cartoons
Succeeded by
You Were Never Duckier