Posted: October 07, 2004
Not only one of the best cartoons ever made, it's also one of the best Westerns ever made. Leave it to Jones to kick butt in two genres at once.
It was around this time that Daffy was given some new schtick to perform. As break from his WOO HOO WOO HOO personality, Daffy would get laughs trying to convince us that he could play the hero. This cartoon has him act as a Western hero (which features a gun fight down main street that even rivals High Noon, a live action western that would be made one year later).
However, Porky was given new schtick in this cartoon as well. Here he plays the straight man in a different way. Instead of being bothered by Daffy, he merely sits back and quietly snickers as Daffy makes a fool of himself trying to beat Nasty Canasta.
With Chuck Jones' directorial finesse, Porky can sum up his scorn for Daffy in those "heroic" roles with just one sly wink or utterance of fake adulation. Porky would reprise this role in future cartoons like Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century, Robin Hood Daffy, Deduce You Say, China Jones, etc. In fact, this same dynamic is also found on the Honeymooners when Alice is once again scptical of one of Ralph's hair-brained chemes or whenever George Castanza would come up with a plan to improve his life that Seinfeld knew was stupid he'd sarcasticly repeat "Oh, I like this idea."
Certainly, the comedy stylings of Porky were far-reaching indeed.
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Posted: July 21, 2004
One of my favorites!
This cartoon is first-class all the way, and has many of my all-time favorite comedy lines.
Daffy tries to straighten out a lawless Old West town in this Western-movie sendup, with the help of Comedy Relief, Daffy's, um, comedy-relief deputy, played by a grizzled Porky.
A sample of the comedy was this great bit: Daffy kicks in the batwing doors and pulls both guns, challenging all to a bit of gunplay. Of course, as he does so, his pants fall around his feet. After a second, Daffy notices, "Awfully breezy in here!". Then he spies his problem and says, "Slight pause whilst I adjust my accoutriments!"
The timing was perfect, of course, and stayed that way as he did stuff like this all thru the picture.
Daff's complete unawareness that he had NO chance in any fight just cracked me up...
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Posted: June 12, 2004
I wouldn't Call It The Greatest
Daffy as Mr. Everyman never soared for me, and he doesn't here as a sheriff with Porky as his deputy.
I have never cared for any Daffy-Porky teamings anyway and that includes Duck Dodgers.
Porky's greatest partner was definitely Sylvester in the haunted house.
Nasty Canasta however stands as about one of the creepiest scariest villians there ever was for me.
Yosemite Sam scared me a couple of times and then there was Black Jacque Shellaque, but this character was unflinching.
While "Drip Along" may have dialogue, the characterization of Daffy in comparison to woo-woo or "I'm a greedy little coward" just doesn't suit him here.
I personally prefer greedy Daffy as it is.
The preparation of the evil drink is nowhere near as grand as when Daffy drank the gas, nitro, gunpowder and everything else to outdo Bugs on the stage in another cartoon.
Just another facet of Daffy to me. It didn't catch on as Daffy the rival to Bugs is much stronger and defined.
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