- Draftee Daffy
Draftee Daffy Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck) series
Directed by Robert Clampett Produced by Eddie Selzer Story by Lou Lilly Voices by Mel Blanc Music by Carl W. Stalling Animation by Rod Scribner
Studio Warner Bros. Cartoons Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) January 27, 1945 Color process Technicolor Running time 7 minutes (one reel) Language English
Draftee Daffy is a 1945 Looney Tunes Daffy Duck cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett.
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 to 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.
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.
Draftee Daffy is presented on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3.
The Little Man from the Draft Board makes a cameo in the Animaniacs episode, Pitter Patter of Little Feet
- 1945 films
- Animated short films
- Films directed by Bob Clampett
- Looney Tunes shorts
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