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|Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck) series|
|Directed by||Robert McKimson|
|Produced by||Edward Selzer|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Animation by||Ted Bonnicksen
Harry Love (special animation effects)
|Layouts by||Robert Gribbroek|
|Backgrounds by||Richard H. Thomas|
|Distributed by||Warner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||July 7, 1956 (USA)|
|Running time||7 min (one reel)|
Stupor Duck is a Looney Tunes animated short starring Daffy Duck. A Superman parody directed by Robert McKimson, the cartoon was released July 7, 1956. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc and Daws Butler; Butler — who voiced the narrator and the newspaper editor — was uncredited.
Daffy Duck is cast as Stupor Duck and his alter ego, Cluck Trent. The cartoon begins as a parody of the opening to The Adventures of Superman, which-after introducing Stupor Duck as a "Strange being from another planet"-shows Stupor Duck being:
After the parodied introduction, the film proceeds to the story:
Mild-mannered newspaper reporter Cluck Trent, taking a break from writing, overhears a conversation coming from his editor's office. The one-sided conversation is from a villain on a "corny soap opera" the editor is watching on TV. The unseen soap's villain calls himself "Aardvark Ratnik," a Russian-accented terrorist bent on world domination. Ratnik supposedly threatens widespread destruction (though his demands are never heard); his first line, after a maniacal laugh, is "You cannot stop me, Mr. Newspaper Editor!", which leads Cluck to the erroneous conclusion that Ratnik actually exists, his threats are serious, and that stopping him is a job for Stupor Duck. Cluck runs to the broom closet to change into his alter-ego (after an errant change into a witch's costume, and then a minor adjustment to Stupor Duck's shoulder pads) and begins his search for the non-existent antagonist.
One by one, Stupor Duck spots "examples" of "Aardvark's" supposed work and, before tackling each one, bellowing his battle cry, "THIS is a job for STU-U-U-POR Duck!". His search includes:
As the rocket hurtles skyward, two rock climbers see it and shout "Up there in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's STU-U-UPOR Duck!" The final shot is of the now-naked Daffy screaming, still clinging to the rocket for dear life at it streaks toward the moon.
|List of Daffy Duck cartoons
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