Moby Duck (Looney Tunes)

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Moby Duck (Looney Tunes)
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"Don't you think you better reconsider?" Tell that to whoever started Daffy's new evil characterization.
Series: Looney Tunes
Episode Number: 943
Air Date: March 27, 1965
Writer: John Dunn
Director: Robert McKimson
Previous episode: The Wild Chase
Next episode: Assault and Peppered


Moby Duck is a 1965 Looney Tunes cartoon starring Speedy Gonzales and Daffy Duck from the DePatie-Freleng Productions era.

Plot

Speedy Gonzales and Daffy Duck are stranded on a desert island starving. As they both find a box filled with canned food, Daffy refuses to even share a crumb with the mouse, as he attempts to get the can opener from him (even if it means to kill him and make him starve to death) despite Speedy's deal to land it to him if he gets some of food to share in return.

Why It Sucks

  1. The entire cartoon is a complete rehash of the Sylvester cartoon, "Canned Feud", but it removes all of the charm and likability from it (though depending on your view). Unlike the well-fed mouse who was starving Sylvester purely out of sadism in which Sylvester has the bravery to fight back, Speedy Gonzales is starving and repeatedly offers to give Daffy the can opener throughout the entire cartoon if he can have at least one of the hundreds of cans of food in which both the duck and the mouse found, which Daffy refuses to do purely out of greed. Additionally, the cartoon ends differently with Speedy giving Daffy the can opener because he had found another source of food thanks to Robinson Crusoe inviting him.
  2. As the second Looney Tunes cartoon to pair up Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales, this is the first cartoon to have Daffy Duck miscast as an outright evil and villainous antagonist due to very bad flanderization. In this short, he heavily disregards Speedy only to get whatever he wants and does not care about him in the slightest other than for personal gain out of greed and malice, without any comedic traits whatsoever. When several big crates of canned food wash up on the Island, Daffy claims them all for himself, refusing to let Speedy have even a crumb from a single can. When Speedy tries to bargain with Daffy, offering a can opener in exchange for less than a quarter of food, Daffy refuses and tries to murder Speedy. Finally, when Speedy gives Daffy the can opener out of pity for the insatiable Duck, Daffy shows no gratitude and still claims Speedy won't even get a crumb.
  3. Awful stock-like music by Bill Lava.
  4. Slow pacing for a series that is normally fast-paced on the jokes.
  5. Poor animation and art designs.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. Speedy Gonzales is still a likable character, as with his other appearances.
  2. Mel Blanc, as always, does an amazing job with the voice work.

Comments


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Anonymous user #1

4 months ago
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Daffy is such a douchebag in this.
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Anonymous user #1

3 months ago
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Thankfully, he got karma for his actions at the end.

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