Being A Little “Daffy” Goes A Long Way

I think I was right this morning, this did turn out to be a pretty good Tuesday.

In addition to being a little batty today, I ended up being a little “Daffy,” too. And, that’s just ducky with me. It turns out , our old friend from Warner Brother’s Merrie Melodies and Looney Tunes, the animated character Daffy Duck, turned 81 today.

It was in Porky’s Duck Hunt in 1937, that he made his first appearance and he’s been working his way into children’s television viewing ever since. To view his small, but monumental role, just click here. The wacky, selfish, conniving duck has been a side-kick, the butt of jokes and a star of the Toon-world during his cartoon-ish career. The great “Mel” Blanc voiced the spitting duck, as well as, the voices of Bugs Bunny, Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Sylvester, Mama Bear and Henry Hawk.

 

My favorite short was Rabbit Seasoningstarring the very clever Buggs Bunny. It’s my favorite because they kept switching between which hunting season (Rabbit or Duck) it was and confusing poor Elmer Fudd. And, who can forget The Scarlet Pumpernickel. I can’t seem to. I actually don’t like that one much, but the dislike seems to lessen as the years go by. It was such a melodramatic take on The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Emma Orczy. She was the Hungarian-born British novelist and playwright who created the alter ego of Sir Percy Blakeney in the novel series and led to Daffy’s greatest performance.

the scarlet pumpernickel

Guess Who? Photo credit: IAD

If you can’t get enough of Daffy on your screen, tune into this compilation of Daffy’s greatest hits.

My daughter Claire has drawn many cartoon characters, but Daffy hasn’t been one; yet. So to get my fan-art fix, I visited Deviant Art to see how others perceived the quack-me-up duck. If you have a real artistic ability, or just love to draw, sketch or paint, submit your drawings or creations for all to see and, maybe make a little money, too. Once the money’s in your pocket, spend it on the 1999 33c Daffy Duck U.S. Postage stamp. It’s a steal somewhere between $2.95 and $15 on eBay.

Now if that’s not more than you ever wanted to know about Daffy Duck, be sure to visit the Internet Animation Database were you can find more info on Daffy, along with many, many other animations that might have captured your attention along the way. I guess I’ll quote Porky Pig now and say…

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