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Don't Axe Me
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Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Edward Selzer (uncredited)
Released: January 4, 1958
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Ted Bonnicksen
George Grandpré
Tom Ray
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: Bill Butler
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Arthur Q. Bryan (uncredited)
June Foray (uncredited)
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Daffy Duck
Elmer Fudd
Barnyard Dawg
Mrs. Fudd
Preceded By: Rabbit Romeo
Succeeded By: Tortilla Flaps
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Don't Axe Me is a 1958 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson, starring Daffy Duck, Barnyard Dawg and Elmer Fudd.

Plot

When Farmer Fudd brings out a pan of food for the duck's breakfast, Daffy swallows it pan and all. Elmer calls him a greedy pig and Daffy oinks at him. Then when Fudd brings out the Barnyard Dawg's breakfast, Daffy barks and sits up and begs like a dog. Elmer shoos him away, but when he goes back in the house Daffy eats Dawg's breakfast anyway, hence angering Dawg which results the dog getting scolded by Elmer and get told off to go inside the house for chasing Daffy.

Mrs. Elmer Fudd is expecting company from Reverend Brown and asks Dawg what she should make for dinner. He plays charades to suggest roast duck; though unsuccessful at first (she often guesses it wrong), Dawg made it clear that he wants her to make roast duck. She hands Elmer an axe and tells him to prepare the black duck. Daffy uses psychology to talk the axe out of Fudd's hands and throws it down the well. Dawg retrieves it for Elmer, but Daffy lassos it out of his mouth.

Fudd decides to use a straight razor instead. Daffy quickly tricks him out of it, but Dawg brings Elmer the axe again. Daffy volunteers to sharpen the axe and grinds it all the way down to the handle. Fudd gets his shotgun and finally wins the battle.

Mrs. Fudd tells her guest, Reverend Brown, that the duck dinner will be ready soon, but he announces he's a vegetarian. A plucked Daffy spits the apple out of his mouth, hops out of the roasting pan, and indignantly says "Now he tells us, sheesh!"

Availability

Trivia

  • Beginning with this Merrie Melodies cartoon, it uses the 1957-1959 blue rings at both beginning and end times.
  • The unseen character, Reverend Brown, has a voice identical to that of Marvin the Martian. He has only one line of dialogue.
  • This is the only time where Elmer Fudd is married; as all other cartoons depict Elmer (like other major characters) as a bachelor.
  • Barnyard Dawg from the Foghorn Leghorn series is known as "Rover" in this cartoon. Barnyard had previously appeared outside the Foghorn Leghorn series twice: "One Meat Brawl" (with Porky Pig) and "Daffy Duck Hunt" (with both Daffy Duck and Porky Pig). Barnyard would appear one more time in a non-Foghorn cartoon later that year in "Gopher Broke" (with the Goofy Gophers). [Note: "The Birth of a Notion" and "A Bone for a Bone" however do not count because these cartoons use the likeness of the character in terms of name (such in the case of "A Bone For A Bone", which uses a different-looking dog with Barnyard's name George P. Dog) or physical appearance (such as in the case of "The Birth Of A Notion", which uses a dog resembling Barnyard Dawg but with brown fur and different voice known as Leopold).
  • The gag where Elmer's face is disfigured (in this case pulled off like flypaper) from a hot towel by Daffy in this cartoon is a partial reference to a similar gag from "Wise Quackers".
  • This cartoon, unusual for its time period (1958), depicts both a greedy, self-centered characterization and the "screwball" characterization of Daffy.
  • Despite that a more superior-looking unrestored copy of the cartoon (as pictured in the video in the infobox) is prepared by Warner Bros. in 1988 and released on laserdisc in the mid-1990s, Cartoon Network and Boomerang air a horribly faded print as seen on The Looney Tunes Video Show VHS tapes in PAL speed (in both NTSC and PAL countries) since 1999.
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1943 To Duck or Not to DuckA Corny ConcertoAn Itch in Time
1944 The Old Grey HareThe Stupid CupidStage Door Cartoon
1945 The Unruly HareHare Tonic
1946 Hare RemoverThe Big Snooze
1947 Easter YeggsA Pest in the HouseSlick Hare
1948 What Makes Daffy Duck?Back Alley Op-RoarKit For Cat
1949 Wise QuackersHare DoEach Dawn I Crow
1950 What's Up Doc?Rabbit of Seville
1951 Rabbit Fire
1952 Rabbit Seasoning
1953 Up-Swept HareAnt PastedDuck! Rabbit, Duck!Robot Rabbit
1954 Design for LeavingQuack Shot
1955 Pests for GuestsBeanstalk BunnyHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is A Life?Heir-Conditioned
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1959 A Mutt in a Rut
1960 Person to BunnyDog Gone People
1961 What's My Lion?
1962 Crow's Feat
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion Of The Bunny Snatchers
2012 Daffy's Rhapsody

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