Western Animation / Daffy Duck's Quackbusters
Daffy Ducks Quackbusters
is a 1988 Compilation Movie
starring Daffy Duck
and other classic Looney Tunes
characters. This film combines newly-animated footage linked with classic Warner Bros.
Here, Daffy Duck is a salesman who accepts a job to fulfill millionaire J.B. Cubish's wish to make him laugh one more time before he passes on. Daffy succeeds and when Cubish kicks the bucket, Daffy earns all his money from his will as long as he uses it for goodwill. But Daffy, well... being Daffy, plots to spend the money for himself, as so he's haunted by Cubish's ghost, who says that his money will gradually disappear if Daffy appears to use it dishonestly. As a result, Daffy decides to open a ghost exterminating business to get rid of ghosts like Cubish and hires Bugs Bunny
and Porky Pig
to help him.Cartoons:
"Night of the Living Duck," "Daffy Dilly," "The Prize Pest," "Water, Water, Every Hare," "Hyde and Go Tweet," "Claws for Alarm," "The Duxorcist," "Transylvania 6-5000," "The Abominable Snow Rabbit," "Punch Trunk," and "Jumpin' Jupiter."
This film is notable for being one of Mel Blanc
's last performances in a Looney Tunes
This film contains examples of:
- Advertised Extra: The poster, video cover, and credits make it seem like Tweety is an equal star to Daffy, Bugs, Porky, and Sylvester, but he's only featured in Hyde and Go Tweet and a little bit of original animation following the sequence.
- Art Shift: The animators actually changed the characters' designs accordingly to fit the classic cartoon that featured those very designs. For example, Daffy transition to his Robert McKimson designs in the scenes leading up to "The Prize Pest."
- Bowdlerise: Some television showings (specifically, Cartoon Network, back when their animated movie block was called "Cartoon Network's Cartoon Theater," not "Flicks") cut out the scene near the beginning where Daffy offers a six-pack of Billy Beer with the cars he's selling, as well as the noose scenes from "Claws for Alarm."
- When "The Duxorcist" became its own short and aired on ABC, the part where Daffy calls the possessed female duck a schizophrenic, refers to her as "Sybil," and asks if there's "any more like [her] in the family" before adding "Could you send back that older sister of yours?" was replaced with a previous cut part (that came after he kisses her) where he says, "I don't know my own strength," as ABC felt the offending part was making fun of the mentally ill.
- Butt-Monkey: Daffy.
- Compilation Movie: This movie combines classic Warner Bros. cartoons to create an original story. It is kind of jarring to hear the by then aged voice of Mel Blanc suddenly transition to his more expressive performances in the classics.
- Two of the shorts, "The Duxorcist" and "Night of the Living Duck," were made within a year of the film (and the latter was made for the film.)
- Die Laughing: Cubish apparently dies this way.
- Downer Ending: Though through Rule of Funny and not that Daffy didn't have it coming. See Humilation Conga.
- Additionally, Porky Pig and Sylvester get lost in the desert, though Porky doesn't seem to mind. Porky still doesn't believe that Sylvester sees scary things. However, Porky is also unemployed now, though he might not yet be aware of it (Bugs, on the other hand, doesn't seem to mind that Daffy's business went under).
- Hope Spot: After the last of Daffy's money has been taken away, he gets a knock at the door, expecting a client. Unfortunately, it's just Egghead delivering the news that his bills are unpaid and he's being reposessed.
- Humiliation Conga: After Daffy gets humiliated on the air about the tiny elephant story, he plans to blame Porky for everything. This proves to be the final straw for Cubish, who takes Daffy's remaining money (and leaves behind a sign ribbing it in). He then gets his possessions repossessed and the entire apartment building is demolished (with him still in it!) And apparently, Cubish's curse is still on him, as a dollar he earns instantly vanishes once he gets it.
- To make matters worse, Daffy earned the money legitimately, fulfilling Cubish's Last Request to have a good laugh before he died (at the expense of Daffy's dignity.) The conditions that come with it weren't revealed until after Daffy had spent who knows how long working for him without complaint, and now he has to live the rest of his life under the heel of a sadistic ghost. Cubish is a grade A Jerkass.
- Karma Houdini: J.B. Cubish. Despite being dead, he's able to take away the money he left to Daffy (though to be fair, it was whenever Daffy did or considered doing something that goes against the terms of the will). And after taking the last of the money, it's implied that he's responsible for Daffy being reposessed and the building torn down with him in it, and afterwards, he takes away a dollar Daffy earned as a street corner salesman, which has nothing to do with the terms of the will.
- Kick the Dog: At one point, Daffy struggles to take care of his tax exams and breaks down crying. As he does, though, Cubish's ghost is heard laughing sadistically, KNOWINGLY that Daffy is struggling and suffering.
- At the end of movie, Daffy earns a dollar for selling a toy legally and legitimately before the dollar vanishes in Daffy's hand, implying that despite Daffy trying to sell legally, he is screwing Daffy for life! Cue Skyward Scream.
- The Last of These Is Not Like the Others: "Spooks spooked, goblins gobbled, UFOs K.O.ed, aliens alienated, vampires evaporated, and monsters remonstrated."
- Oh, Crap!: Every time Daffy realizes he's pissed off Cubish and his money starts disappearing.
- Non-Singing Voice: In "Night of the Living Duck", Daffy sings with the voice of Mel Torme.
- Phone Word: Daffy, Bugs and Porky run a Ghostbusters-esque agency, and their phone number is 555-5925, or 555-KWAK.
- Setting Update: The scene from "Daffy Dilly" where Daffy hears of Cubish from the radio is replaced with new footage showing the report on a television screen (with the original audio playing over it.)
- Skyward Scream: "CUBIIIIIISH!!!"
- Tropical Epilogue: Bugs finally gets that Palm Springs vacation he wanted all through the film.
- Verbal Backspace: Happens whenever Daffy does something to anger Cubish and tries to keep his money from disappearing.
- Villain Protagonist/Nominal Hero: Daffy is up to his unscrupulous ways again and plans to become a Scrooge-like figure until the supernatural trouble leads him to become a ghostbuster-for-hire.
- "Where Are They Now?" Epilogue
- Whole Plot Reference: The main plot parodies Ghostbusters.