12/3/1938 (according to IMDb*; no release date given on BCDb)
DVD-Blu-Ray Availability: Looney Tunes Golden Collection, Vol. III (Warners Home Video)
You may view this cartoon HERE
Avery's third and final cartoon with Daffy Duck is a regressive affair that abandons the formal advances made in his unit's previous three pictures.
Tho' amusing, it operates at a much lower level than Avery & Co. have performed in recent work. Daffy Duck in Hollywood
feels more like a 1937 Avery effort, with its barrage of screwball gags, nose-biting and broad comedic strokes.
By this time, Daffy was used by director Robert Clampett in two memorable, anarchic black-and-white shorts, Porky and Daffy
and The Daffy Doc
. Daffy was ideal for Clampett's tense, explosive brand of comedic film-making. (Black ducks appear in his What Price Porky?
but, contrary to popular belief, they are NOT Daffy.)
Such loose-limbed zanies were no longer vital to Avery's sense of comedy. His 1938 cartoons (of which this is the last) bookend with Technicolor Daffy Ducks. The first, Daffy Duck and Egghead
, is over-full of crazy-kooky moments--many of them a bit forced. This last Daffy, less frenzied and formless, can be seen as Avery's farewell to the kablooey school of cartoon comedy. A cool has entered Avery's worldview in this year. Playing it deadpan, with cards close to his chest, is now his way of working.
Avery would never make another cartoon like DDiH
. That task was left to his many imitators, who continued in this vein through the 1940s. At the dark end of the tunnel is the Screen Gems cartoon Wacky Quacky
(1948), which represents the last forlorn outpost of this school of comedy.
This cartoon was restored to breath-taking brightness in the 2000s, and our screen captures will prove much more pleasant going than recent posts.
We iris in on a joke that seemed the shared property of every theatrical cartoon studio:
No time is wasted getting down to cases: