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Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character produced by Warner Bros. He has appeared in cartoon series such as Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies, where he usually has been depicted as the best friend and occasional arch-rival of Bugs Bunny. Daffy was one of the first of the new “screwball” characters that emerged in the late 1930s to replace traditional everyman characters who were more popular earlier in the decade, such as Mickey Mouse and Popeye. Daffy starred in 133 shorts in the Golden Age, making him the third-most frequent character in the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons, behind Bugs Bunny’s 166 appearances and Porky Pig’s 159 appearances.
Daffy was #14 on TV Guide’s list of top 50 best cartoon characters and was featured on one of the issue’s four covers as Duck Dodgers with Porky Pig and the Powerpuff Girls (all of which are Time Warner-owned characters).
Porky Pig is trying to get on a plane to play golf. However, Daffy Duck, agent to the stars, complete with business card that flashes like a theater marquis, stops him (“Hold everything, fatso!), and does everything he can to convince him that his preteenager client “Sleepy LaGoon” can become a star. Porky is annoyed, as he is trying to get on his plane. Daffy spends most of the cartoon telling Porky about what his client can do, while actually performing various schticks himself, in his usual wild and frenetic way. After trying various ways to escape, Porky locks Daffy in a huge vault and takes off in a plane only to find out that the pilot of the plane is Daffy.
Hunter Elmer Fudd sets his sights on Daffy Duck and opens fire. Outraged, Daffy challenges Elmer to throw away his gun and settle their differences man-to-man (or man-to-duck). Suddenly the forest morphs into a huge boxing ring, with a lively crowd of ducks in the audience demanding Elmer’s blood. Since the fight referee is also a duck, it looks like the odds are against Elmer; even Mr. Fudd’s dog, who isn’t named Laramore, suspects that the fix is in. But there’s a neat and satisfying plot twist just before the final bell.
During World War Two, Daffy Duck owns a junkyard which collects scrap metal to use in building weapons to continue the Allied fight against the Axis powers. Hitler reads about Daffy’s scrap pile and about Daffy’s stated intent to win the war with junk and, after throwing a fit and chewing a carpet like a mad dog, orders Daffy’s scrap pile destroyed. The Nazi weapon for achieving this task is a goat that begins eating the metal in Daffy’s junkyard. Inspired by spirits from America’s patriotic past, Daffy soars into the air and becomes a “Super American” to defeat the goat and fight back against the German submarine that dispatched it.
Daffy is a commando who parachutes down into the German trenches to raise hell. Daffy bedevils the German commander, Von Vulture, and his sidekick, little helmet-with-two-feet Schultz, providing plenty of opportunities for anti-Nazi jokes along the way. After working his mischief, Daffy tries to escape in a plane, but is surrounded by “a mess of Messerschmidts” which shoot each other out of the sky after Daffy gets out of the way. Von Vulture blows Daffy’s plane to bits with a machine gun, and the commando is forced to flee on foot.
A prehistoric Jack Benny, Casper Caveman, wakes up and sets off in search of breakfast accompanied by his pet brontosaurus, Fido. He spots Daffy swimming in a pond and tries to nail him with a slingshot, but Daffy escapes the rock by posing as a traffic cop and blowing a traffic whistle. Realizing its mistake, the rock comes back after Daffy, but instead hits Fido; the stunned dinosaur dances ballet for a while before passing out. Casper next tries to club a likeness of Daffy painted on a rock, which gives him a case of tremors. The caveman tries to jump in the pond after Daffy, but is stopped by a “No Swimming” sign. Daffy sets up an array of signage directing Casper and Fido toward a duck dinner.