You Were Never Duckier

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You Were Never Duckier
Merrie Melodies (Daffy Duck/Henery Hawk) series
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Henery Hawk slams the door shut to prevent Daffy Duck from escaping his father's house, believing that Daffy is a chicken.
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Produced byEdward Selzer
Animation byBen Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Ken Harris
Phil Monroe
StudioWarner Bros. Cartoons
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Color processTechnicolor
Running time7 minutes 57 seconds
Preceded byThe Up-Standing Sitter
Followed byDaffy Dilly

You Were Never Duckier is a 1948 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones.

Starring Daffy Duck and Henery Hawk, this cartoon marked the start of a direction change for Daffy Duck, from a "screwball" character, to a greedy, self-centered one (though, according to commentary by Eric Goldberg on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD [fifth volume], this cartoon showed Daffy as being both a greedy, self-centered character and a screwball one). This cartoon was also the next-to-last Henery Hawk cartoon to not be directed by Robert McKimson, and one of only four to be directed by creator Chuck Jones (after The Squawkin' Hawk, Flop Goes the Weasel, and followed by The Scarlet Pumpernickel).

This cartoon marks the new era in Warner Bros. cartoons as it was the first to be in the post-1948 package, as things turned out. The short, however, was re-released with the 1943-56 Blue Ribbon rules in which original credits were cut out. This and 4 other cartoons followed this exception and all of them except "Daffy Dilly", also directed by Jones, have their original titles restored for a DVD release.


The title is a play on the 1942 musical film You Were Never Lovelier.


The National Poultry Show is being held, and Daffy Duck looks at the matinee showing the prizes for the judging. The first prize for best rooster is $5000, and the best duck is $5. Daffy, having traveled all the way from Dubuque for the contest, is outraged that ducks rate such a low prize and decides to disguise himself as a rooster (using rubber gloves and the tail feathers of another rooster, affixed through a plunger head) to get $5000. Meanwhile, Henery is being taught all about roosters by his father, George K. (or G.K.) Chickenhawk (a reference to G.K. Chesterton). Henry decides to head to the poultry show and catch himself a rooster.

Daffy's plan backfires when Henery decides to take him home ("Alright seagull, are coming wit me quietly or do I have to slap you around some?"). Daffy says he's a special breed of rooster ("a genuine pedigree Red Island Rhode Buff Orpington"), and thinking that Henry's father, described as "the greatest judge of chicken flesh in the world," is the judge to give him the $5,000, he tags along (Hey Pop! Look at what I brung ya, look at what I brung ya."). Daffy then realizes he is in a chicken-hawk's house, and tries to escape, but fails as Henry closes the door. Henery's father then starts to prepare Daffy as a meal. Daffy tries to prove he is really a duck, even trying to take his disguise off (to no avail). When he tries to escape, George grabs his "head" (the rubber glove), and the glove lands on his head after Daffy ricochets and stuns him, then Daffy stuns him a bit more with his "duck laugh" and kicks to the head. Henry's now angry father then proceeds to chase Daffy, who is finally able to escape when Henry accidentally hits George with a mallet, missing Daffy.

Getting back to the city before the contest begins, Daffy puts on another glove. Then, at the contest, Daffy proceeds to lose to Henery's father George, disguised as a Rhode Island red (he obviously stole Daffy's idea). Daffy then tries for the best duck prize ($0.05), but loses that as well - to Henery, wearing a disguise consisting of a clothespin and two flippers.

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Preceded by
The Up-Standing Sitter
Daffy Duck Cartoons
Succeeded by
Daffy Dilly