Take a look at classic, newly restored 'Daffy Duck' cartoons, now streaming on HBO Max:
Designed as a 'screwball' anthropomorphic, lisping black duck, 'Daffy' first appeared in the cartoon short 'Porky's Duck Hunt' (1937), directed by Tex Avery, animated by Bob Clampett and voiced by Mel Blanc, as an assertive, completely unrestrained, combative protagonist.
"At that time, audiences weren't accustomed to seeing a cartoon character do these things," said Clampett. "And so, when it hit the theaters it was an explosion. People would leave the theaters talking about this 'daffy duck'."
Daffy starred in 130 shorts making him the third-most frequent character in the "Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies" cartoon shorts, behind 'Bugs Bunny' at 167 appearances and 'Porky Pig' at 153 appearances.
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