Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Wise Quackers (1949)

Here's a very funny Friz Freleng-directed cartoon from 1949 starring Daffy Duck and Elmer. It is a somewhat rare cartoon... getting very limited exposure on television obviously due to its "slavery" theme. It hasn't aired on television in the United States since the early '90s when a slightly edited version played on the syndicated Merrie Melodies - Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends show (trimming Daffy's "I's a-comin' massah Elmer" bit). Believe it or not, it was officially issued on VHS in the USA by Warner Home Video in 1992. Try to track down a copy of Daffy Duck's Tales From the Duckside while we wait for this one to pop up on DVD (don't hold your breath!).



Also, check out the comic book adaptation of this story on Duck Dodgers' Classic Cartoon Blog!

3 comments:

James E. Daniels said...

I picked up that video back in those days. This cartoon is one of my faves.
In my opinion, the only un-pc gag I notice is when Daffy jumps into his "tote that barge" routine.

Bart said...

Nice choice - this is another one of the better Freleng/Pierce efforts, IMO. Basically all the Daffy shorts Pierce wrote for Freleng as his story man (like "Golden Yeggs", "His Bitter Half", & "Yankee Doodle Daffy") are really good! While the slavery storyline might be off-putting to those on the PC Patrol, it's still a pretty funny cartoon.

Bubbashelby said...

Haven't seen that one in ages! Thanks for posting it!

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