Monday, April 30, 2007

Daffy: 1946



"The Great Piggy Bank Robbery" is quite the visual treat. What could have been just another "dream sequence" film, is much, much more. It begins with Daffy eagerly anticipating the arrival of a Dick Tracy comic book in the mail (to the tune of "Powerhouse"). A self-induced punch in the face sends him spiraling into his dream world.


Now Daffy is "Duck Dwacy" receiving phone calls regarding stolen piggy banks. When he realizes that his bank is gone as well, he sets out in search of the thief.

Numerous sight gags are spread throughout, such as Daffy putting his head through his magnifying glass, proving that there is no glass and also proving that the instrument is useless. A trolley operated by Porky proves the fastest route to the gangster's hideout. The flashing neon signs outside don't hurt either.


Once inside, Daffy walks on the ceiling and lifts footprints from the ground for closer inspection. When confronted by some truly bizarre villians, the fight is on. Daffy is literally rubbed out, launches a grenade resulting in Pumpkinhead's transformation into a walking bakery sale, breaks apart into multiple squiggly pieces, only to reform and machine-gun the villians.


Once Neon Noodle is transformed into an "Eat at Joe's" sign, Daffy is able to find the stash of piggy banks. At this point he awakens, to find himself smooching a swine.

1 comment:

J.E.Daniels said...

Great short! Always leaves me laughing.
I love that duck!