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Draftee Daffy
Drafteedaffy
Directed By: Bob Clampett
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: January 27, 1945
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Lou Lilly
Animation: Robert McKimson (uncredited)
Manny Gould (uncredited)
Rod Scribner
Basil Davidovich (uncredited)
A.C. Gamer (Effects) (uncredited)
Layouts: Thomas McKimson (uncredited)
Backgrounds: Michael Sasanoff (uncredited)
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Daffy Duck
The Little Man from the Draft Board
Mailman
Preceded By: Herr Meets Hare
Succeeded By: The Unruly Hare

Draftee Daffy is a 1945 Looney Tunes Daffy Duck cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett.

Beginning with this cartoon this is the first Looney Tune to have the black background with red rings only the background is smaller than the 1942-43 season.

Plot

Having read about the U.S. fighting forces pushing the Nazi troops back during World War II ("A thshmathing frontal attack on the enemy rear?"), Daffy is in a patriotic mood. However, his mood quickly changes to fear when he gets a call that "the little man from the draft board" wants to see him. Hiding in his house, Daffy looks out, eventually seeing the little man, who attempts to hand him a telegram (presumably with Daffy's conscription order). Daffy continues to try and outrun the little man, who seems to be everywhere that Daffy happens to be at the moment. Daffy even goes so far as to plant a bomb near the man, finally, Daffy locking him in a safe, bricking the safe up, putting up a wall over the bricks (chortling, "So long, Dracula!"), running to the roof and taking off in a rocket. However, the rocket soon plunges back to earth, causing Daffy to crash-land in Hell (though Daffy never actually uses the term in the cartoon). Shrugging off this turn, Daffy spots a demon (seen from the rear) and tells him, "Oh well, at least I put one over on that dope from the draft board!" The demon takes off his mask to reveal he's the man from the draft board, who then replies with the popular catchphrase of the "Richard Q. Peavey" character from The Great Gildersleeve, "Well, now, I wouldn't say that," (same as what Bugs Bunny, in his elderly form, says at the end of the Merrie Melodies cartoon, The Old Grey Hare) and proceeds to chase Daffy into the distance, letter still in hand. Porky Pig ends the cartoon with his famous Looney Tunes drum scene.

Continuity

Daffy had already been depicted as in fact serving in the armed forces in two earlier cartoons, Daffy - The Commando and Plane Daffy. However, continuity rarely received much attention in cartoons of this period. During this time period, stories were written and structured to fit around gags and jokes without any continuous intent or any relation to the character's past adventures.

Trivia

  • The setup of Daffy and The Little Man from the Draft Board in this cartoon is very similar to that of the wolf and Droopy from the Tex Avery cartoons from rival studio MGM (particularly the Droopy cartoon Dumb Hounded), as The Little Man from the Draft Board often pops up everywhere Daffy is, causing the duck to flee to escape from him throughout the picture to avoid getting drafted into the army.
  • The Little Man from the Draft Board makes a cameo in the Tiny Toons episode, Buster's Directorial Debut and later in the Animaniacs episode, Pitter Patter of Little Feet.

Availability

Gallery

Daffy Duck Cartoons
1937 Porky's Duck Hunt
1938 Daffy Duck & EggheadWhat Price PorkyPorky & DaffyThe Daffy DocDaffy Duck in Hollywood
1939 Daffy Duck and the DinosaurScalp TroubleWise QuacksNaughty Neighbors
1940 Porky's Last StandYou Ought to Be in Pictures
1941 A Coy DecoyThe Henpecked Duck
1942 Conrad the SailorDaffy's Southern ExposureThe Impatient PatientThe Daffy DuckarooMy Favorite Duck
1943 To Duck or Not to DuckThe Wise Quacking DuckYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatScrap Happy DaffyA Corny ConcertoDaffy - The Commando
1944 Tom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyPlane DaffyThe Stupid Cupid
1945 Draftee DaffyAin't That DuckyNasty Quacks
1946 Book RevueBaby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesHollywood DaffyThe Great Piggy Bank Robbery
1947 Birth of a NotionAlong Came DaffyA Pest in the HouseMexican Joyride
1948 What Makes Daffy DuckDaffy Duck Slept HereThe Up-Standing SitterYou Were Never DuckierDaffy DillyThe Stupor SalesmanRiff Raffy Daffy
1949 Wise QuackersHoliday for DrumsticksDaffy Duck Hunt
1950 Boobs in the WoodsThe Scarlet PumpernickelHis Bitter HalfGolden YeggsThe Ducksters
1951 Rabbit FireDrip-Along DaffyThe Prize Pest
1952 Thumb FunCracked QuackRabbit SeasoningThe Super SnooperFool Coverage
1953 Duck AmuckMuscle TussleDuck Dodgers In The 24½th CenturyDuck! Rabbit, Duck!
1954 Design for LeavingQuack ShotMy Little Duckaroo
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareStork NakedThis Is A Life?Dime to Retire
1956 The High and the FlightyRocket SquadStupor DuckA Star is BoredDeduce, You Say
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBoston QuackieDucking the DevilShow Biz Bugs
1958 Don't Axe MeRobin Hood Daffy
1959 China JonesPeople Are BunnyApes of Wrath
1960 Person to Bunny
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitDaffy's Inn Trouble
1962 Quackodile TearsGood Noose
1963 Fast Buck DuckThe Million HareAqua Duck
1964 The Iceman Ducketh
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffySuppressed DuckCorn on the CopTease for TwoChili Corn CornyGo Go Amigo
1966 The AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of Catnip
1967 Daffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta Fiasco
1968 Skyscraper CaperSee Ya Later Gladiator
1980 The Yolk's on YouThe Chocolate ChaseDaffy Flies NorthDuck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
1987 The Duxorcist
1988 Night of the Living Duck
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion Of The Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1996 Superior Duck
2003 Attack of the Drones
2004 Daffy Duck for President
2012 Daffy's Rhapsody

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