Western Animation: Plane Daffy

Plane Daffy is a 1944 Looney Tunes War Time Cartoon directed by Frank Tashlin. It stars Daffy Duck who tries to bring a secret message to the allied headquarters, but has to battle a Femme Fatale Spy.

It was placed at #69 in The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes.

This cartoon provides examples of:

  • Adolf Hitlarious: In the end the military secret turns out to be "Hitler is a stinker!" To which Hitler exclaims: "That's no military secret!", while Goebbels and Göring agree: "Ja, everybody knows that!" When Hitler gives them the angry look they both commit suicide.
  • America Wins the War: The cartoons depicts the Nazis as defeatable by US forces.
  • Artistic License – History: Hatta Mari is based on Mata Hari, who was actually Dutch.
  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: Near the end, when Goebbels and Göring committed suicide Daffy shouts to the audience: "They'll lose more darn Nutzis that way!"
  • Bullets Do Not Work That Way: Both Pigeon 13 as well Hatta Mari manage to miss their target despite being so close to it that it would be impossible.
  • Death Glare: After being insulted Hitler looks at Goebbels and Göring this way.
  • Everybody Smokes: The pigeons all smoke thousands of cigarettes, worrying about the fate of Pigeon 13. Hatta Mari herself smokes too.
  • Eye Pop: Done whenever someone first catches a glimpse of Hatta Mari.
  • Femme Fatale Spy: Hatta Mari is so sexy that no other carrier of military secrets has ever managed to withstain her.
  • Gratuitous German: The only actual German line in this cartoon is Hitler saying: "Ah, das ist gut".
  • Harmless Electrocution: After being kissed by Daffy the effect is electrifying to Hatta Mari.
  • Have a Gay Old Time: The narrator says that the military officers are "usually gay birds, tonight they are grim." Made all the more unintentionally funny by their big grins.
  • He-Man Woman Hater: Daffy claims that he can resist Hatta Mari, because he "hates woman". It doesn't stop Hatta Mari from trying to seduce him (and succeeding).
  • Lemony Narrator: The narrator serious tone is in sharp contrast with the wacky events that we see.
  • Metaphoric Metamorphosis: After telling the military secrets while being drunk the pigeon briefly changes into a jackass.
  • Ms. Fanservice: For a pigeon Hatta Mari is very attractively animated and designed.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: Hatta Mari is an obvious Expy of Mata Hari. Adolf Hitler, Joseph Goebbels and Hermann Göring are featured in the cartoon.
  • Non-Mammal Mammaries: Hatta Mari has a buxom, despite being a pigeon.
  • Ominous Fog: The allied headquarters are covered in gloomy mist.
  • Propaganda Machine: This cartoon was obviously made for war time propaganda purposes.
  • Pun-Based Title: "Plane Daffy" instead of "plain daffy".
  • The Scottish Trope: The narrator doesn't mention Hitler's name, but calls him "you know who...".
  • Shout-Out:
    • Pigeon 13's voice is similar to Mortimer Snerd, a puppet used by Edgar Bergen at the time. His voice was also used for the Looney Tunes character Beaky Buzzard.
    • Hatta Mari's voice seems to be a parody of Marlene Dietrich.
    • When Daffy kisses Hatta Mari back he exclaims: "Aha, something new has been added!", which was the slogan for the "Old Gold" cigarettes commercials.
    • Daffy's regret that he has only "one secret to swallow for his country" is a paraphrase of American soldier Nathan Hale who was executed during the American War Of Independence with the sigh: "My only regret is having only one life to give for my country."
  • Show Some Leg: Hatta Mari attracts Daffy's attention by just showing her leg outside her home.
  • Smoking Is Glamorous: Hatta Mari smokes with a cigarette pipe.
  • Spoonerism: Hatta Mari is a spoonerism of Mata Hari.
  • Standard Snippet:
    • When Pigeon 13 decides to commit suicide Fryderyk Chopin's "Funeral March" is quoted.
  • Suicide as Comedy: When the first pigeon realizes he told the military secret to the enemy he decides to shoot himself, though he misses the first time. Near the end Goebbels and Göring also shoot themselves after confirming to Hitler that he is indeed "a stinker."
  • Those Wacky Nazis: Daffy fights off a Nazi spy throughout the majority of the cartoon.
  • Thirteen Is Unlucky: Pigeon 13 accidentally tells the military secret and commits suicide as a result.
  • Time Marches On: This cartoon is obviously very dated today.
  • War Is Glorious: Daffy fulfills his military mission succesfully, despite all the odds.
  • War Time Cartoon: Duh!
  • Wolf Whistle: The pigeons all let out a wolf whistle when they see Hatta Mari, even when she just an image on a poster. Daffy does the same while just seeing her leg.