Daffy Duck

Daffy Duck is an animated cartoon character owned by Warner Bros., which became known for her appearances in the series " Looney Tunes " and " Merrie Melodies " celebrity.

He first appeared in 1937 in Tex Avery's cartoon " Porky 's Duck Hunt" and developed through the influences of various producers, directors and cartoonists to one of the most beloved characters of Warner Bros. Especially as a counterpart to Bugs Bunny, he was soon the sympathy of the audience for itself imposed. Characteristic is his lisping, moist pronunciation. In Germany Daffy Duck was until 1996 mostly spoken by actor Dieter Kursawe.


The Black Duck was the first cartoon character from the kind of " bang Kopp " characters, ie the sort of aggressive characters whose actions and thoughts are completely decoupled from the conventions hergebrachter logic and instead designed consistently absurd and illogical. Cartoon figures from previous years, particularly those of Walt Disney, initially followed in their actions the same logical principles as practiced in reality commonly, and later suffered a caricatured oversubscribed misadventures.

Daffy's personality has been subject to many different characterizations; he was portrayed by various artists for example as insane, crazy - giggly Pfiffikus or rapacious, bleating Direction and fame-hungry tramp.


1930s and 1940s

In his first appearance in 1937 in a commercial slugfest story about hunters and the hunted ( with Porky as Daffy's opponent) Daffy drew considerable attention. He was portrayed as assertive, each restraint overboard throwing, altercation joyful troublemaker, a figure type that represented something completely new at this time.

In his appearance, he was at this time, short and stocky, with squat waddle and thick beak. The only remaining elements in his habit, which stood firmly by this time, had his black plumage and its characteristic Lispelstimme. This lent him in the U.S., the actor Mel Blanc, who leaned ironically, to the voice of the producer Leon Schlesinger error.

The animation artist Bob Clampett Daffy in numerous cartoons of Warner Brothers used in the 30s and 40s. Clampett interpretation of the figure is a wild eccentric who rushes incessantly by the image and reputation of " Hoo- hoo! Hoo- hoo! " Ejects. Externally underwent Clampett Daffy a Verschlankungskur by letting characterized him as a great and slim, almost lanky drake and his beak and his feet were rounded off.

At the beginning of the 40s, the director Robert McKimson tamed the figure a little. Daffy's former rival, Porky was put at his partner. During the Second World War, Daffy has appeared in numerous propaganda films.


After Bugs Bunny Daffy presented as the most popular cartoon character from Warner Brothers in the shadows, they began increasingly to use him as an opponent character of the rabbit, which he made ​​buhlend dispute jealous for attention and the limelight. In addition, we used it in numerous cartoons popular movies and radio serials parodied (eg " Robin Hood Daffy " of 1958). In 1953, he met in the animated film " Duck Dodgers in the 24th 1/2 Century" for the first time on the villains figure of Marvin the Martian. At that time, the character animator Chuck Jones redesigned it again in character by portraying him gaunt and grummliger. In Jones 's famous " Hunter's Trilogy " ( "Rabbit Fire", "Rabbit Seasoning " and " Duck! Rabbit! Duck !") Bugs brings the inexperienced hunter Elmer Fudd to Daffy to shoot in various ways the beak ( which, of course, each time within moments returns to his old position). Here Daffy is no longer selfish, but simply striving itself " somehow eke ". But since he can not help what he tackles, make the right, but always start all of his undertaking to the back, he must go to the loss of his tail feathers and times get over the loss of his dignity.

In fact, the new, self-centered Daffy crystallized as such in the cartoons straight out of Jones. Many critics consider Jones cartoon " Duck Amuck " (1953 ) which has a history of blended skillfully than those with genre reflecting artifices and so transcends the medium in itself, as the most successful Daffy Duck cartoon, if not ever even considered the best cartoon. In this episode, Daffy is harassed by a god-like cartoon animator whose malicious paintbrush the cartoon world, is embedded in the Daffy, changed disrespectful - random - lightly: then scenery, background music, synchronization, and even Daffy's external shape change constantly. As Daffy finally demanded by the culprit to identify themselves, it turns out that it is at the nefarious trainer none other than Bugs Bunny. " Duck Amuck " demonstrates in an impressive way that a character's personality, regardless of their appearance, their environment, voice and the action scheme of its history can be recognized.


In the 60s, Daffy has been used by Warner Bros. as a rogue figure in different Speedy Gonzales cartoons.

1980s to the Present

In the 80s and 90s and in the early years of the new millennium Daffy appeared in small roles in cartoons or in mixed films in which cartoon characters interact with real actors on. So he gave in " Who Framed Roger Rabbit" (1988 ) with Donald Duck in a duel as a pianist, in which both sought to outdo each other on the piano in a nightclub with their game skills. 1991-1995 Daffy appeared in the television series Tiny Toon Adventures as a mentor of Plucky Duck and small as a teacher at the ACME Looniversity in appearance. Later he had in the real- mixing animated films " Space Jam " (1996) and " Looney Tunes: Back in Action " (2003) even in lead roles. Between 2003 and 2005 he was a solid character in the cartoon series Duck Dodgers, which was recorded mostly well received by the critics. Since 2011 he plays in the U.S. series "The Looney Tunes Show" with most of the old characters which have already been shown in the Looney Tunes short films, a crucial role.