Monday, November 24, 2008

Cartoon a Day: You Were Never Duckier

You Were Never Duckier
Directed by Chuck Jones (as Charles M. Jones)
Available on: Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 5

Sorry for the delay in the "Cartoon a Day" posts. I was on the road with a laptop other than my own. I was going to try and catch up on the posts I missed over the weekend today, but today was a bad day of dealing with problems with installation of new TV service. So we're lucky to get in today's cartoon, "You Were Never Duckier."

In this cartoon, Daffy Duck has his eye on a $5,000 prize for the best rooster at a poultry show. Not being a rooster doesn't deter him, though. Using a rubber glove and some stolen feathers attached to a plunger he disguises himself as a rooster and joins the competition.

I love the expressions of both Daffy and the rooster in this frame as he plucks some feathers for his disguise.

Meanwhile, Henery Hawk sets out to nab a chicken for his pop. What better place to go than the poultry show. He winds up getting Daffy to head back to his home, willingly I might add, as Daffy thinks Henery's pop is a judge in the contest. The brief sequence when Daffy realizes his mistake is a classic. Check out these frames...

What fun it is to be able to break down a single reaction show like this. When played at their proper speed you don't notice every little detail, but it has such an effect. When this played it theaters, I'm sure the audience burst with laughter at that moment. Today, with DVD, it has that effect with the added thought to quickly scan back and watch it again!

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