Daffy's Diner is a 1967 Looney Tunes short directed by Robert McKimson. It stars Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales. It was the last Looney Tunes short to be made by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises, as well as the last to be scored by Walter Greene.
Daffy owns a food stand in the middle of Mexico that serves nothing but "mouseburgers"note . Because he's running a small business on a tight budgetnote , he uses fake rubber mice with a ton of flavoring addednote . However, when a nasty bandito cat named El Supremo catches on to the ruse, he demands a real live mouse from Daffy. As Daffy ponders the tough spot he's in, such a mouse (Speedy, of course) miraculously comes to his kitchen's backdoor. Thus, starts the chase.
Tropes Associated With This Cartoon:
- Aside Glance: El Supremo, after literally tossing Daffy back into the kitchen, whispers to the audience, "He is lucky I don't get mad easy."
- Call-Back: Daffy's final line, "You never know what you'll do, until you've got a gun pointed at your head," was used earlier in Golden Yeggs.
- Cats Are Mean: El Supremo. Justified in that he was basically conned by Daffy.
- Disproportionate Retribution: At the climax of the cartoon, El Supremo threatens to blast Daffy with a rifle if he can't get him a mouseburger in two minutes.
- Delayed Reaction: El Supremo takes a bite of his mouseburger and complements Daffy on how tasty it is. But then...
- Fire-Breathing Diner: he has this reaction from all the crazy flavors/ingredients Daffy put into his mouseburger. He then realizes that Daffy used a rubber mouse for his burger and demands a real one.
- Driven to Madness: In the middle of the cartoon, Daffy hides in a trashcan. A garbageman comes to pick up the trash, only for Daffy to demand (from inside the trashcan) to be set back down. The garbageman psychotically believes that he has just witnessed "talking garbage" and drives home to Guadalajara "where the garbage, it don't talk."
- Fake Food: The foam rubber mice Daffy uses in his burgers.
- Jerkass: Daffy, as usual in his pairings with Speedy Gonzales. Though unlike in other cartoons, he's actually a bit of a Jerkass Woobie in that his own life is on the line thanks to El Supremo's violent nature. On the other hand, there's no way you can justify his shady (and potentially lethal) practice of using DDT-laced rubber mice in his mouseburgers.
- Kitchen Chase: Daffy chases Speedy around his tiny food stand, before El Supremo stops him.
- Limited Animation: Par for the course, being a post-1964 Looney Tunes short.
- Restaurant-Owning Episode
- Very False Advertising: Daffy never tells customers that his "mouseburgers" use rubber mice, rather than real ones. He only confesses after being found out by El Supremo.
- Know When to Fold 'Em: At the end of the cartoon, after Speedy's escaped and El Supremo has basically given Daffy a death sentence, the little black duck relents and dresses as a live mouseburger for the cat.
- Secret Ingredient: The basis for Daffy's whole menu: rubber mice laced with DDT.
- Xtreme Kool Letterz: The sign for Daffy's food stand has this.