This cartoon is very bitter and harsh towards Daffy Duck, much like "Golden Yeggs".
The Captain and Mr. Tristan are EXTREMELY unlikeable characters; the captain has a utter lack of empathy towards the stowaways he hangs, Daffy Duck included and displays traits of a high-functioning psychopath, while his pet bird, Mr. Tristan is an annoying, obnoxious and impatient spoiled brat who's voice will get on your very last nerve.
Introduces complete but notoriously bland music scoring from William Lava. William Lava's music is highly contradictory to that of Carl Stalling's and Milt Franklyn's, and is highly ill-fitting, dissonant, and lacks the rhythm and pace from the previous cartoons that makes the music feel upbeat and vibrant.
The plot heavily revolves Daffy Duck trying to avoid being hanged. Due to the episode's plot, it ended up getting the cartoon banned in the United States under the fear of young viewers attempting to imitate the actions done in the short.
Daffy and Mr. Tristan's chemistry with each other is weak and ends up feeling as a mismatch between each other, not unlike Daffy's pairings with Speedy Gonzales.
Easily predictable gags, such as Daffy using an inflatable fish out of his hat to satisfy the captain.
The backgrounds are notably flat and the animation is a bit more limited, with washed out colors (though this may be because the short has yet to be restored on HBO Max).
There is a disturbing scene where Mr. Tristan locks up Daffy in a chest for 10 whole days. Daffy's appearance (pictured above) after the chest is opened after the 10 days is also very grotesque to look at.
In addition, when Mr. Tristan is called out by Daffy for switching boxes on the poor duck, Mr. Tristan GLOATS about it...
Poor ending, where Daffy attempts to blow up Mr. Tristan, but ends up blowing up the entire ship, causing him to get attached to a noose by the captain.
The Only Redeeming Qualities
Mel Blanc does a good job voicing the characters, as always.
While William Lava's music is not very good, the music from the title card is rather catchy to listen to and sounds like it came from a "Popeye" cartoon. Fittingly, this is a boat episode.
The short was rumored to be banned from HBO Max because of its violent scenes revolving around lynching, as well as presumed racial stereotypes (which is completely erroneous). However, these rumors are false and the short is set to come on HBO Max.
In real-life, stowaways wouldn't really be hanged for jumping aboard vehicles, just kicked off or arrested by the police. This makes the Captain and Mr. Tristan's actions even more vile, because they could also be hanging innocent people or even the homeless, and all of this is done without remorse.