Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Looney TV: Ali Baba Bunny (1957)

You might say that Chuck Jones could smell the money when he paired Bugs Bunny & Daffy Duck in a cartoon. By the latter part of the 50's, however, Daffy was morphing into a greedy, scheming, sniveling slime who'd sell out his supposed best friend, Bugs, to get what he wanted.

In "Ali Baba Bunny", they make a wrong turn in New Mexico, and it somehow lands them in the Middle East, where it's supposed to still be the Arabian Nights? Wack, man, but the most fun is watching Daffy make a total fool of himself, and, yet, he doesn't learn his lesson.....

Rating: A.


magicdog said...

I always loved this toon!

Having Daffy as a greedy sell-out worked for me, although I absolutely loved his wackiness whenever he was paired up with Porky Pig.

Perhaps it's because Porky was such a great stright man to Daffy's silliness. Bugs played it stright too, but for some reason, a greedy, cowardly Daffy still worked.

Daffy's characterization however was completely ruined in the current Looney Tunes show. Not only is he greedy, but he's dumb as a stump (exept that would be an insult to stumps)! THAT is definitely not the Daffy I grew up with and he shouldn't be portrayed as out and out stupid!

hobbyfan said...

I think that the people responsible wanted to dumb down Daffy on purpose to make Bugs the star of the show, moreso than really needed. I think this is why I stopped watching.

It's sad that two of the show-runners, Spike Brandt & Tony Cervone, also worked on Duck Dodgers, and are part of the crew mishandling Mystery, Inc.. You'd think they would know better, since they did so well using Daffy as Duck Dodgers.......