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Daffy's Southern Exposure is a 1942 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Norman McCabe and starring Daffy Duck. Originally in black and white, in 1967, it was redrawn in color. Five years after its initial release, Friz Freleng would release a color remake called Along Came Daffy, in which Daffy co-starred with Yosemite Sam.

Thinking that ducks are in a rut with their migration patterns, Daffy foolishly decides not to go south and instead sticks around to check out the "winter business". His celebration of having the lake all to himself is cut short when the cold abruptly sets in and freezes it solid. At first, Daffy enjoys the gentle falling snow, but eventually, the freezing cold gets to him and he's left on the brink of starvation. Unfortunately for the hungry Daffy, he finds himself in bigger trouble when the two kindly old ladies who take him in and feed him turn out to be a disguised wolf and weasel who are sick of eating beans and are in the mood for roast duck.


Tropes appearing in this cartoon:

  • Breaking the Fourth Wall: During a blizzard, Daffy is on the throes of hunger, begging for food. He suddenly turns to the audience and says "What're you laughing at? I'm really hungry."
  • Cuckoosnarker: Daffy's personality here is noticeably different from his previous shorts, where he was a pure Cloudcuckoolander character. He is shown to be prominently salacious for the very first time, as his ogling of a "Snow Queen" makes him want to stay for the winter, which kick starts the plot of the cartoon.
  • Disguised in Drag: The wolf and weasel disguise themselves as old ladies while deceiving Daffy.
  • Fattening the Victim: Because Daffy was scrawny looking when he was outside their door, the wolf and weasel decide to feed him beans so he'll be nice and fat.
  • Instant Ice: Just Add Cold!: The pond freezes over just as Daffy is performing a high dive, and he crashes into solid ice.
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  • Meat-O-Vision: While starving, Daffy sees a tree as a t-bone steak and attempts to bite into it.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed: The cartoon ends with Daffy in South America, specifically in Carmen Miranda's fruit hat.