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Studio: Warner Home Video
Cast: Mel Blanc
Release Date: August 10, 2010
Rating: G for (adult themes)
Run Time: 01h:42m:42s
ìDonít stop now, Mr. Fudd. Hereís your bus. See you later.î - Daffy Duck (Mel Blanc)
You simply can never go wrong with anything Looney Tunes-related, so this is sure to be another excellent DVD collection of cartoon classics.
Movie Grade: B+
DVD Grade: B
When I received my copy of Looney Tunes Super Stars: Daffy Duck Frustrated Fowl, I instantly
wondered why we needed another Looney Tunes DVD that rehashed the same cartoons that are already available
in one of Warnerís awesome Golden Collection releases. However, when I began exploring this disc, I realized that
each and every one of these 15 shorts was tucked away in a vault somewhere until now. Their debut on the format
is surely a welcome one, but Iím not sure why Warner chose to release these unearthed cartoons on Looney Tunes
character-specific discs rather than as another volume of the Golden Collection. Still, itís great to have more
classic Looney Tunes shorts available in any capacity, so however Warner chooses to get them to DVD is ok in my
(and most fansí) book.
The cartoons here arenít as technically impressive as those in the Golden Collection releases, but they still look and
sound like theyíve been nicely restored. They also carry with them a warning that they are ìIntended for the Adult
Collector and May Not Be Suitable for Children.î Parents (myself included) should heed this warning as these
shorts were made at a time where things that are now considered racist and inappropriate, werenít exactly thought
of the same way back then.
The 15 shorts that we get are: Tick Tock Tuckered, during which Daffy and his buddy Porky Pig are scolded after
arriving late for work. Their solution: to go to bed early and not oversleep, although Iím sure itís no surprise that
their plan doesnít exactly work. In Nasty Quacks, we see Daffy at his, well, daffiest, as this is a mini-origin story for
our favorite nutty duck. The oddly-named Daffy Dilly is up next, and this isnít as engaging or funny as the first two
shorts. Instead, we get Daffy trying to make a millionaire laugh before he dies, as heís promised a fortune to
anyone that can pull off such a feat. This is a potentially hilarious concept, but there just arenít many laughs to be
In Wise Quackers, Daffy has just missed the annual flight south, and is soon under fire by Elmer Fuddís hunting
rifle. Be warned that, despite it being very funny, this is, indeed, one of the shorts that push the Politically Correct
boundaries of modern society. The Prize Pest, involves Porky winning a radio contest and his prize being none
other than Daffy himself, resulting in one of the funniest shorts on the disc. Design for Leaving, is one of the neater
cartoons here, in that it involves Daffy introducing Elmer to futuristic electronic devices, and itís extremely
interesting to look back and see what was considered ìfuturisticî so many decades ago.
Stork Naked, is one of the least interesting shorts because it gives us a Daffy thatís way too tame. Heís always at
his funniest when heís at least slightly out of control, and in this story that presents him as a new Father, thereís not
really any opportunity for daffy Daffy to come out. Thereís not much Daffy at all in the seemingly misplaced This
Is a Life?, (the skit centers around Bugs Bunny), but the good news is that we finally have a Yosemite Sam sighting!
Dime to Retire takes us back to the Daffy that we know and love as he coerces Porky to stay at his dilapidated
hotel, causing the pig nothing but problems. In Ducking the Devil, my second favorite Looney Tunes character
comes storming onto the screen. Yep, itís the Tasmanian Devil, and he is at his out-of-control best, attempting to
avoid Daffy who wants to capture him and collect a cash reward.
People Are Bunny and Person to Bunny are up next, and itís not only their titles that are similar. These are both
Bugs-centric shorts, and, even though they are quite funny, they seem out of place on a disc with only Daffyís
name in its title. Weíre back to concentrating on the duck in the discís final three episodes, Daffyís Inn Trouble, The
Iceman Ducketh, and Suppressed Duck. All three are good shorts, but they, like many of the other cartoons on this
disc, canít quite reach the comedic heights of the classic stuff that Looney Tunes has given us through the years.
This is still a release that die-hard Looney Tunes (and especially Daffy Duck) will want to add to their DVD
collections as soon as possible.
Posted by: Chuck Aliaga - October 13, 2010, 4:57 pm - DVD Review
Keywords: shorts, vaults
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