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The Night Of The Living Duck (1988) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series The Night Of The Living Duck

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>Warner Bros.
  • Warner Bros.
  • Animated Characters: Daffy Duck, Mr. Frankenstein, Mrs. Frankenstein.
  • Originally Released in 1988.
  • Production Number: 255112.
    MPAA: 28989
  • Running Time: 6:12 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Cartoon Production Information:


The last cartoon voiced by Mel Blanc (who died the following July).

The classic Merrie Melodies theme music used from the '40s and '50s is used for this cartoon.

Writer and co-director Greg Ford hired Mel Tormé to supplement the voice of Blanc, who was ill. This was Tormé's only appearance in a cartoon as a vocalist, and his first appearance in a film since 1966. Tormé (through Daffy) sings "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives," by Greg Ford (lyrics) and Virg Dzurinko (music). The song was inspired by a line said by Bugs Bunny in the 1946 cartoon Hair-Raising Hare." Said Tormé: "It's a joy beyond my fondest dreams to hear my voice coming out of Daffy Duck's bill."

This cartoon made its world premiere at the New York Film Festival. According to Warner Bros., it was the first cartoon short to appear at the festival.


Commentary:


This cartoon was part of the all-too-brief Looney Tunes "revival" spearheaded by animation buffs Greg Ford and Terry Lennon, who wrote and directed three fine Looney Tunes of their own before the well started to dry up at Warner Bros.

Night of the Living Duck shows comic-strip fan Daffy having a delusional dream where he works the room at a nightclub populated by famous monsters. Daffy finds help by gulping down a bottle of Eau de Torme, which gives him the dulcet tones of Mel Torme (who good-naturedly lent his croon to this cartoon, his last-ever movie "appearance"). The short also borrows from Looney Tunes legend; the title of the song Daffy/Mel croons is Bugs's catchphrase, "Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives."

The cartoon can be found in its entirety on the compilation videocassette Bugs Bunny's Halloween Hijinks and as a "curtain raiser" to the videocassette of Ford-Lennon's theatrical compilation Daffy Duck's Quackbusters.



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