|Daffy Duck & Egghead|
Daffy Duck & Egghead is a 1937-produced, 1938-released Warner Bros. cartoon in the Merrie Melodies series. It features the early, zany version of Daffy Duck, who spends the film harassing Egghead (later becoming Elmer Fudd), marking the second appearance of Daffy Duck (after Porky's Duck Hunt, which this cartoon is basically a reworking of), his first in color, and first where he is given his current name. It includes a set-piece song-and-dance number by Daffy (shown with a blue band around his neck, instead of the usual white), doing his own variation of The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down (the theme for Looney Tunes).
The story begins with Egghead (in a voice imitating radio comic Joe Penner) who is annoyed by a rotoscoped shadowman in the audience who doesn't sit down. Egghead shoots the audience member and the member falls after going through extended "death throes". Egghead hears a call from the grass, and out comes Daffy Duck biting his nose (just like he did to Porky Pig in Porky's Duck Hunt.) While fighting, a tortoise (with a voice imitating radio comic Parkyakarkus) comes and tries to give Daffy and Egghead new weapons. When the tortoise goes away, Egghead uses his real gun and Daffy tries to make him shoot the apple on his head. Egghead misses all the times, so Daffy puts a blind sign and a cup of pencils and the disguise glasses on Egghead, with Daffy saying: "Too bad." Daffy then walks away and sings a song by himself, in a set-piece drawn in a different style from the rest of the cartoon, and also containing the subdued, early form of Daffy's lisp, which is absent in the rest of the film:
My name is Daffy Duck,
I worked on a Merry-Go-Round,
the job was swell, I did quite well
till the Merry-go-round broke down.
(Hoo-hoo! Hoo-hoo! Hoo! Hoo! Hoo-hoo!)
The guy that worked with me,
Was a horse with a lavender eye,
Around in whirls, we winked at girls
till the Merry-go-round broke down.
Up and down and round we sped,
That dizzy pace soon went to my head,
Now you know why I'm dizzy, and do the things I do,
I am askew [or "a screw"] and you'd be too
if the Merry-go-round broke down.
(Hoo-hoo! Hoo-hoo! Hoo-hoo-Hoo-hoo-Hoo-hoo-Hoo-hoo!)
If the Merry-go-round broooooooookkkkkkkkkkkeeeeeeeeeeee (while stretching his neck, so far that he got multiple blue lines around his neck instead of just one) down (calmly; not singing)
Daffy then shakes hands with his reflection from the lake and they both dive back into the water.
Later, Egghead finally catches Daffy, using a glove which knocks Daffy on the head. Egghead jumps for joy, until an ambulance comes. A duck comes out and thanks Egghead for catching Daffy. The duck describes Daffy as "Crazy! Looney-tuney! and more importantly 100% nuts!!" However, the two ducks start acting crazy again, and the film ends with Egghead acting crazy himself.
On Cartoon Network, Boomerang and The WB, the scene where Egghead shoots an audience member after standing up from his seat numerous times is cut. However, in other channels and also CN/Boomerang in other countries, this scene is left uncut.
Daffy Duck & Egghead is available, uncensored and uncut and restored with the original opening and ending titles (but with the "dubbed" ending cue instead of the original ending cue), on Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3.
In 1995, Turner made fake opening titles for this cartoon. The opening was the opening from Wacky Wildlife, followed by a fake BR Merrie Melodies card, then the original title card fades in.
On the ending titles, the 1941-1955 ending rendition of "Merrily We Roll Along" (the Merrie Melodies theme music) is used instead of the 1937-1938 rendition. This only happens on DVD, the second USA dubbed print, and the EU Turner "dubbed version" for reasons unknown. Dubbed Version 1 keeps the end cue while dubbed version 2 does not, meaning that the DVD used dubbed version 2 as their soundtrack source.
- USA Dubbed Version 1: https://archive.org/details/Toonheads_212_Egghead
- USA Dubbed Version 2: https://minhateca.com.br/WaltWalk/Galeria/LOONEY+TUNES+HORA+ACME+CARTOON(1)/263+-+PATOLINO+-+E+O+CABE*c3*87A+DE+OVO+-+EP.+263,210020649.avi(video)
- EU Dubbed Version: http://chomikuj.pl/Shadow77777/Dla+dzieci/Kresk*c3*b3wki/Zwariowane+melodie/187.+Kaczor+Daffy+i+Ch*c5*82opek-roztropek,2490236176.mpg(video)
- DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3, Disc Four