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Porky's Duck Hunt

Porky's Duck Hunt is a 1937 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Tex Avery. The short subject features Porky Pig and Daffy Duck, the latter making what is considered his first official appearance.

Porky's Duck Hunt
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Daffy Duck as he first appeared in Porky's Duck Hunt
Directed byTex Avery
Produced byLeon Schlesinger
Story byTex Avery
StarringMel Blanc
Billy Bletcher
(both uncredited)
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byVirgil Ross
Robert Cannon
Bob Clampett (uncredited)
Chuck Jones (uncredited)
Color processBlack and White
(1968 Korean redrawn color edition and 1990 computer color version)
Production
company
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
April 17, 1937
Running time
8:47
LanguageEnglish

PlotEdit

Porky is well equipped and ready to begin duck hunting. Porky practices with his rifle, frightens his dog, Rover and shoots a man upstairs, who comes down to punch Porky in the snout.

At a lake, Porky spies a duck, but other duck hunters suddenly appear and shoot at it for several seconds. They all miss. A cross-eyed duck hunter tries to shoot the same duck but instead shoots down two planes.

Porky puts out duck decoys. Daffy arrives and blends among them. Porky wears a decoy on his head, walks underwater and tries to shoot Daffy, but the gun shoots out water instead of bullets. Daffy then flies onto a floating barrel of poison (labeled 'XXX' – a period designation for whiskey[1]). Porky shoots the whiskey-filled barrel but Daffy escapes. Some fish are attracted to the poison and get drunk. The fish come onshore, commandeer a boat and drunkenly sing 'On Moonlight Bay'.

Daffy bites Porky on the nose as he peers through the grass. Porky shoots Daffy down and instructs Rover to bring the duck back, but when he comes back, it's Daffy carrying the dog and throwing him back on the bank. Porky whips out a notepad, leafs through it and notes that this scene 'wasn't in the script'. Daffy yells out his first words, that he is "just a crazy, darn fool duck", and proceeds to do his signature 'crazy dance' on the lake.

After a humorous scene where Daffy eats an electric eel and shocks himself, Porky tries hunting from a rowboat but is taunted by the ducks when he stops for lunch. In his hurry to fire at them he inadvertently sinks the boat, cueing Joe Penner to rise from underneath the water with his signature line "You wanna buy a duck?".

Alerted by Rover that Daffy is back, Porky makes several attempts to cock the gun and shoot, but when Daffy covers his ears with his hands once again the gun fails to fire each time. Daffy comes out of the water, takes the gun and fires it after the first cock. Daffy takes to the air and is met by Porky shooting his gun rapid-fire and being driven into the ground by the recoil, apparently not hitting anything. Porky tries to use a duck call, but the other duck hunters mistake it for a real duck and shoot at Porky. Disgusted, Porky throws the duck call to the ground, but it bounces and Rover accidentally swallows it. Rover gets the hiccups, quacking with each one, drawing constant fire and forcing Porky and Rover to flee from the lake.

Porky and Rover trudge home, disappointed with their failure to bag a duck. When Porky gets home, he sees the ducks outside doing a trapeze act in the sky at his window. Porky tries to shoot them with his gun but, thinking the gun is empty, throws the shotgun to the floor. The gun fires into the ceiling, getting the guy from upstairs to come and punch Porky in the snout again. The cartoon ends with Daffy dancing and bouncing around the "That's All Folks!" title card.

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NotesEdit

  • This short, starring Porky Pig, is notable for being the first appearance of the character Daffy Duck. Also notable is that this is the first cartoon in which Mel Blanc voices both Porky and Daffy. Originally scheduled to voice the duck, Blanc won the part of Porky earlier that year.[citation needed] Joe Dougherty, who was Porky's original voice, was fired following the cartoon Porky's Romance because he could not control his stutter.[citation needed]
  • Porky's Duck Hunt was a very popular cartoon, well known for popular gags and the debut of Daffy Duck, and met with very positive reviews.[citation needed] Only a year later, this cartoon was reworked by Avery as Daffy Duck and Egghead, which was in color. In that cartoon, Porky's role was filled by another Avery-created character, Egghead (who evolved into Elmer Fudd in the 1940 cartoon Elmer's Candid Camera), and Daffy is given his name.
  • Porky's Duck Hunt was one of the few pre-1948 Warner Bros. cartoons that weren't purchased by Associated Artists Productions in 1956. In 1991, The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, containing almost the entire Warner Bros. cartoon catalog owned by a.a.p., was released on LaserDisc and VHS through MGM/UA Home Video, under the new ownership from Turner Entertainment. The second side of the Volume 1 LaserDisc, "Firsts", as well the VHS release of the same name, contains the debut cartoons of several Looney Tunes characters. Due to Turner not owning the rights of Porky's Duck Hunt, the second appearance of Daffy Duck, Daffy Duck & Egghead, appears in this home video release, instead.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Moonshine: The Original Tax Dodge?". Cornell Hospitality Quarterly. Cornell University. Retrieved February 8, 2010.

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