Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters Review

1988 gave us the final Looney Tunes Compilation film and is also unfortunately the final review of Looney Tunes Month 2.

Quackbusters is as the pun intends a spoof of the 1980’s hit film Ghostbusters, it was the second movie to have its own coherent story intertwined with animated shorts. The movie stands out for being Halloween themed and featuring shorts which are almost all spooky in nature.

Daffy Duck has inherited the fortune of a millionaire business tycoon but he is only allowed to keep the money if he uses it for good, of course Daffy ignores this rule since the man is dead but is soon shocked when he realises that he loses money every time he is unkind, greedy or selfish.

After learning this Daffy comes up with a business plan that can help the community, earn him more money and hopefully one day get rid of the spirit who is watching over his fortune.

Daffy sets up the Paranormalists at Large a company set to eliminate all evil spirits for a hefty price, he hires his Looney Tunes co-stars Bugs Bunny and Porky Pig and the ghost hunting begins.

As per usual I will go over each short that is in the film and give my brief opinion

Night of the Living Duck

Daffy Duck is an entertainer for classic movie monsters, this short was made for the film as an opening and its a nice way to get you ready for the upcoming movie, there isn’t really any comedy here it is just a song and is there to really get you into the spooky mood of the movie although it is pretty cool to see all of these classics characters drawn in the style of Looney Tunes.

Daffy Dilly

1948’s Daffy Dilly is a Chuck Jones cartoon that sees Daffy Duck as a gag joke salesman failing to make even a dollar on the streets, he over hears a Television broadcast that a dying millionaire will leave his fortune to the person who gives him his last laugh, Daffy seeing a way out of his financial failures heads over to his mansion and has to out wit the butler to see his master and make a quick million.

A really fun short that ties in heavily with the movie, in fact this short is expanded upon in the film to make the plot which is a first for these compilation films and its executed extremely well, in fact I assumed this was all new footage for the movie before I began researching for this review.

The Prize Pest

Porky Pig has won the grand prize in a radio competition, his prize is Daffy Duck a goofy and reckless animal who wants to make Porky’s home his own. He makes up a Jekyll and Hyde condition where he turns into a monster when he’s angry scaring Porky into doing all of his bidding until Porky decides to give him a taste of his own medicine.

A great short and almost all of this one is used in the movie, of course the parts where daffy is delivered as a prize are not here but the majority of the remainder of the short is here in full.

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A sequel to Chuck Jones excellent short Hair Raising Hare is included here but it is broken up into small segments and used as part of commercials, Its a shame because the original short is very good and it just doesn’t work when its not shown as a whole, I don’t see why they couldn’t have cut out the beginning and ending segments as it would have fitted into the movie perfectly if they did this.

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This Friz Freleng short is another Jekyll and Hyde inspired cartoon, this time starring Sylvester and Tweety, its a very funny film seeing Tweety trying to eat Sylvester for a change but the roles of who is hunting who changing back and forth as the unfinished Hyde formula keeps undoing and resetting its effects.

Definitely one of my favourites in this film and only very small segments were cut and is hardly noticiable.

Claws for Alarm

Two Sylvester cartoons in a row and this is another great one, this was one of few shorts where Sylvester is the pet of Porky Pig and plays much more of a sidekick roll than his usual antagonistic self. In this cartoon Porky and Sylvester are looking for a place to spend the night while travelling. They come across an old Hotel in the middle of nowhere but no one seems to be awake, they decide to find a room and stay the night anyway but Sylvester soon catches onto mischievous mice who are trying to murder his master. He makes it his sworn duty to protect his Master no matter what unfortunately Porky doesn’t believe him about the mice and puts all of Sylvester’s heroic deeds to mischief and nuisance.

The Duxorcist

This short was specifically made for this movie which is very cool, it is available in other releases but Quack busters was the original !

In the short Daffy has been sent to deal with poltergeists in a young woman’s home, this is an obvious homage to Ghostbusters which has a very similar scene. Of course the self centred Daffy mistakes the woman’s possession for flirting and actually has no idea how to really deal with this kind of evil to the point that he has to read up how to perform an exorcism.

I did enjoy this one but it wasn’t as funny to me as the other shorts payed before it, but this does fit best into the movie and of course is not cut at all which is to be expected.

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Bugs Bunny is lost on his travels and ends up at an old castle, he enters the home looking for a phone to call his travel agent, The host is none other than famous vampire Count Dracula who gives him a room for the night so his blood is well rested. During the night Bugs can’t sleep and reads a book of magic words not realising that every time he reads one he transforms Dracula into a bat, this leads to plenty of hilarious slapstick.

This is one of the better shorts in the film and is my second favourite, this had me in stitches during both viewings of it and I would recommend this one to anyone trying to get into Looney Tunes.

The only changes I noticed to this one was the ending was cut and for some reason they changed Bugs dialogue of Moth to Mosquito.

The Abominable Snow Rabbit

Bugs and Daffy get lost in the Himalayas while looking for the paradise island of Palm Springs. They run into a very stupid Abominable Snowman who is very excited then he captures Daffy who he thinks is a pet bunny rabbit, Daffy and Bugs keep tricking the Snowman to grab the other while they try to escape before Bugs tricks the Snowman into his own demise.

This short is ok, it is funny at moments with the Snowman but honestly I didn’t like the ending much, the Snowman is shown to be so innocent that when he melts in the end I felt really sorry for him.

Punch Trunk

This short is the most unique here because its actually a Merrie Melody cartoon which has none of the Looney Tunes in it, A tiny elephant is released into the city after he is trapped in a box of Banana’s after getting out he innocently sends the general public into a frenzy whenever he is seen as no one can quite believe that an elephant can be so small, he even sends one man to a mental institution. A good short and a nice break from the regular Looney Tunes characters.

Jumpin Jupiter

This short was only used for a very small clip out of context of the rest of the cartoon, the original cartoon about Martians is quite good but its far from my favourite of the genre. The clip here was used right at the end of Quackbusters and to be honest I wouldn’t have even known it wasn’t new animation before I did research for this review.

Daffy Ducks Quackbusters is a really entertaining clip show that hardly ever cuts or alters the shorts, compared to Fantastic Island this is better for the shorts chosen but I feel the story lacked a little bit. It was really cool for them to expand the story around an already existing short and for a Ghostbusters spoof this is excellent and only goes to show how inspirational the original Ghostbusters is.

I really like this movie and I could recommend it to anyone but I prefer Fantastic Island and I think I would still put this one just below the Bugs Bunny and Road Runner movie, This is one spooky Looney Tunes film I am sure to watch again.

And that’s Looney Tunes Month 2 completed I had a lot of fun this month and it was great to revisit the Looney Tunes, There will definitely be a part 3 but for now I think a little break from our wacky friends is needed and we will be back to see them some other day

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Acme Antics and Dizzy Driving GBA Review

Unfortunately I cant get a lot of information about this game, what I have learned from playing it though is that it is a bundle of two short games based around Looney Tunes, one game is reaction based game and the other is a top down kart racer.

It was developed by Way Forward who you might know from the latest Donkey Kong Country Games and was released in 2005.

I’m going to review each game as I play them, I started with Acme Antics mainly because it was first one that was highlighted when I booted the game up.

This is a very beautifully animated game where you play the role of Road Runner escaping the claws of that greedy Wile Coyote.

The game looks amazing and feels very close to one of the cartoons in its animation and well chosen colour palette, the GBA always looked really great when developers put effort into the visuals and this is one of the best I’ve seen.

The only real issue with this is that the whole experience is very repetetive, the backgrounds are mostly the same and the music loops, when Wile shows up it gets a little more creative as he will start using ACME products to try and get the bird, he even has boss fights which again shake up the gameplay enough to keep it enjoyable, the whole thing is only about a half hour long but it is fun, they should have added a points system though so you could try and beat your high scores the next time you played.

Up next is Dizzy Drivers, I feel this will be a fairly short review so hopefully this next game has a bit more meat on its bones.

I actually really enjoyed this one Dizzy Drivers is as expected a kart racer and in the game your goal as your selected character is to come first in the races. I of course picked Foghorn Leghorn my favourite Looney Tunes character and considering he is the fastest in the game it was really quite easy to control. The game is not forgiving if you mess up and the other racers get a good lead on you, you haven’t got a chance in catching up so you really to master the controls to fully enjoy the game.

The music changed here too it wasn’t very good tracks but at least there was variety.

There are weapons in the game but they are not very memorable and most of them are hard to get hits with, I mostly just ignored them in the game but what you could expect was the obvious bombs, rockets and oil spills that come with every Kart Racer, a missed opportunity for some really cool themed things like Marvin the Martians shrink ray, Wile’s inventions, Taz wasn’t playable so he could be thrown at players and so on, none of those were used and I came up with those in about 15 seconds so I don’t really think there is much excuse for the lack of variety here.

So thats really all you get with this GBA title, I couldn’t say much because there wasn’t really much here, this is not a game I would say you have to play but if you did go straight Dizzy Driving because personally I think a more fleshed version of that without the Acme Antics game would have been better.

I think the most fair score I can give this is a 5/10 it controls well, it looks great and for a quick pick me up it is a pretty fun game but there isn’t a lot here and I think most people would get bored after a few play throughs. A good effort from way forward but cramming two tiny games into one cartridge when they could have had a much better fleshed out kart racer really takes away from this one.

That leaves just one more game and more movie for this second edition of Looney Tunes month. stay tuned over the next 10 days and hopefully the month will go out with a bang and with the next game I’m reviewing I really think it might make up for the less than impressive game choices this month !

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Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal (2007) Review

 

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Looney Tunes: Acme Arsenal is a platforming shooter game starring various Looney Tunes characters, it was developed by Redtribe and was published by Warner Bros. Games it was released for the PS2, Xbox 360 and Wii.

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The Evil Dr Frankenbean has sent a robot army to multiple time periods in order to wipe out the Looney Tunes ancestry, now everyone’s favourite Looney Tunes characters need to travel through time to save their ancestors and to keep their own existence.

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The base game is a third person shooter, there is a quite a lot of platforming needed to get through the levels but you will find that most of time you will blasting the robotic enemies in the game with various guns ranging from regular firearms to more Looney Tunes and cartoon inspired weaponry.

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The other type of level in the main campaign are vehicle sections where you are timed to complete the stage while blasting through enemies as well as collecting clocks to keep increasing your time limit.

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The games does have a multiplayer battle mode and 2 players can work together simultaneously in the main campaign, it should also be noted that during the main campaign you can use the money you collect to pay for various items these can include new skins for the multiplayer.

The soundtrack is quite uninspired, the music is not terrible but after a few minutes of the same loud and annoying tune repeating itself on a loop, I found myself muting the Television after sampling each of the tracks.

Looney Tunes: ACME Arsenal is one of the worst video games I have ever played, this is one of the most uninspired pieces of crap to come out out Warner Bros, in my opinion the game has no redeeming values at all, the graphics are mediocre at best and the soundtrack is not much better, the game play is really boring and nothing in the game is funny or carries any of the Charm of the Looney Tunes characters even the cut-scenes are boring and have had little effort put into them, I am ashamed to own this game and I will probably never play it again , it may not be the worst game I have ever played but it is definitely the worst piece of Looney Tunes Media I have witnessed so far. 2/10

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Bugs Bunny: Super Star Review

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Bugs Bunny: Super Star is a Looney Tunes Documentary about the the history of the Looney Tunes, the documentary also played 9 full Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons, the majority of these shorts starred Bugs Bunny hence the name of the film.

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The main focus of the film is the documentary segment and while this is very interesting and is a deep look into the efforts and cost of making the Looney Tunes shorts the movie is very controversial because of some information that was provided by Bob Clampett one of the animators at Warner Bros.

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In an audio commentary from 2012 the films Director Larry Jackson stated that in order for Bob Clampett to agree to be in the documentary and allow footage of his cartoons and memorabilia to be shown he had to agree via contract that Clampett would host the documentary, would choose all of the shown cartoons and would approve the final cut of the film. According to Jackson, Clampett was insecure and didn’t want to give much credit to other Looney Tunes animators and he would’t allow the cartoons made by his colleagues to have credits but his could, this information should be taken with a pinch of salt as its not evidenced but it made people very angry and if it is true then Bob Clampett should be ashamed of himself for trying take credit away from his fellow legendary animators.

The best part of the film is the cartoons and I will briefly go over my five favourites.

  1. A Wild Hare

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A Wild Hare stars both Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd, in this cartoon Elmer has never met Bugs Bunny and unfortunately picks him to be the next target of his shotgun, in a typical Looney Tunes fashion Bugs takes advantage of the hunters stupidity and goes out of his way to humiliate him and slowly cause him to have a mental breakdown.

2. Walky Talky Hawky

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A young Chicken Hawk is looking for his first chicken to eat, he stumbles across one of my favourite Loony Tunes characters Foghorn Leghorn, Foghorn being a chicken decides to trick the hawk into thinking that a dog is a chicken and the hawk tries many schemes to catch and eat the dog resulting in some very memorable and funny moments, this is one of my favourite cartoons with Foghorn Leghorn and I would recommend watching it you can.

3. I Taw a Putty Tat

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In this cartoon a young lady phones a pet shop to get a new bird after her Canary “has gone missing” we later find out that her cat Sylvester has been eating them. The new bird arrives a young canary named Tweety Pie who Sylvester cant wait to sink his teeth into. Growing up I used to really enjoy the Sylvester and Tweety cartoons due to their slapstick nature and similarities to the Tom and Jerry Cartoons. I believe this was one of the first cartoons to star these characters and it did a great job of introducing them to audiences not too mention that it is also very funny.

4. Hair Raising Hare

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An evil scientist tricks Bugs Bunny into coming to his castle in order to feed him to his pet monster. This is probably one of the most well known Bugs Bunny cartoons and its often used as reference in various Looney Tunes video games and other media.

This one does have a lot of the standard slapstick humour which is to be expected but it very clever in other-ways, its a homage to classic monster movies and cheesy old horror films, it also breaks the fourth wall a lot and addresses the audience of the cinema this is because many of these older cartoons would be played before movies.

I really love this one and to be honest it is the best cartoon in this movie but its not the one made me laugh the most so while it is still hilarious its not my favourite.

5. My Favourite Duck

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My favourite duck is my favourite animated short in this movie, it focuses on Porky Pig who wants to enjoy a relaxed vacation camping in the woods but unfortunately he is noticed by Daffy Duck who does everything he can to ruin Porky’s vacation blackmailing him with a sign that says if he hurts a duck he will be hit with a hefty fine.

This is Daffy Duck at his absolute best, Chuck Jones was the director and he added much of the fantastic slapstick and witty humour that he is known to add to his cartoons. This one has me in laughing fits every time I see it and is in my opinion one of the funniest Looney Tunes shorts ever made.

Bugs Bunny: Superstar is a difficult film for me to say whether I like it or not, the cartoons are all great but the main meat of the film is the documentary that is so controversial that I don’t know whats true and whats not, personally I would say that unless you really want to watch all of the Looney Tunes media available then just watch the shorts provided here otherwise you could skip this one and go straight into the Bugs Bunny/ Road Runner movie which I believe is a much better feature.

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Porky Pig’s Haunted Holiday (1995) review

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Porky Pigs Haunted Holiday is a 2d plat-former developed by phoenix interactive for the Super Nintendo Entertainment system.

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Porky Pig wants to book a holiday and while looking through a brochure he falls asleep and has a nightmare about going on a spooky vacation.

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The game is your standard plat-former and is in a way a little bit of a Mario clone considering that you damage enemies by jumping on them and you you can collect cakes, and once you collect a certain amount you are rewarded with lives and additional points, its just shame that this is not a very good Mario clone.

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The controls are decent and are very easy to get used too but the level design is where the experience becomes a little frustrating, the stages are fairly simplistic but enemies are really quite difficult to avoid because they are placed really unfairly, a lot of the time they will show up last second or will be hidden under platforms making it almost impossible to not hit them and take damage.

Another frustrating problem with the stages is that some platforms are not clear that you can land on them, sometimes they look like they are just part of the background making leaps of faith the only way to check if they are safe or not.

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On the bright side the game is very generous with its check points and offers unlimited continues making the game quite easy to play and making up for some of its less than satisfying game-play.

The graphics are fantastic for a licensed game and Porky is animated really well, he sometimes gets frustrated and taps his foot while scrunching up his face which is very charming and quite cute.

porky-pigs-haunted-holidayThe most interesting and impressive part of the game is that every-time you restart the game either by resetting the console or using a continue the scenery of the level you are on changes, this is really cool and not something I would expect from an older video game such as this.

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The boss fights were all very easy but I did enjoy seeing different Looney Tunes characters, I do wish that more of the main Looney Tunes were in the platform stages instead of just the boss fights.

The soundtrack really sucks, its the same annoying tunes played on loop and its not even good music I found myself muting the game after a while and playing different music instead.

Porky Pigs Haunted Holiday is an ok game but it really is nothing special, I really liked the animations and visuals but I wasn’t a fan of much else and overall I would say to skip this one unless you are a Looney Tunes Super Fan.

5.3/10

As a bonus this is a link to a review I did of Taz Mania on the Sega Mega Drive, this Looney Tunes game is much worse than the game I reviewed today so if you would like to see my views on that game check out the link below

https://ragglefragglereviews.com/2015/03/14/taz-mania-genesismega-drive-1992-review/

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The Origins of the Looney Tunes

Welcome the first official Looney Tunes month over the next few weeks I will be discussing the origins of Looney Tunes, the first three Looney Tunes Movies and three Looney Tunes videos games.

I will admit that is only scratching the surface of Looney Tunes media but in the future I might do more parts depending on how popular this one is, so with out further ado lets get into some of this rather complicated history.

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It all stared with Rudy Ising and Hugh Harman ex animators for Walt Disney in the 1920’s, when Disney’s animation studio moved to California Ising and Harman stayed behind in Kansas City where they attempted to start their own animation studio.

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Unfortunately this plan failed leaving them to work for Walt again on his Alice comedies and their biggest star at the time Oscar the Lucky Rabbit.

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Not long after this Disney’s Producer Charles Mintz (Pictured on the Right) left the studio and took Oscar the Lucky Rabbit With him, along with Ising and Harman who did a lot of work on the previous Oscar shorts, a few very successful shorts came from this decision but ultimately it all went down hill when Universal Pictures who owned the rights to Oscar the Lucky Rabbit started their own animation studio replacing Charles Mintz and leaving Ising and Harman unemployed.

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Ising and Harman in desperation to continue their dream of animating funded a live action- animation hybrid short about a black character named Bosco, this short paid off and got the animators working with Warner Bros.

Eventually Bosco starred in many of his own shorts under the name of Looney Tunes and as well as this the animators also made other various shorts with Warner Bros under the name of Merrie Melodies a name that was a parody of Disney’s popular shorts Silly Symphonies.

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After a disagreement on their contract Ising and Harman left Warner Bros and kept the rights to Bocso.

After losing Bosco Warner Bros made a new character to star in the Looney Tunes named Buddy.

Buddy was not as popular as Bosco was so Warner Bros hired new directors to help increase popularity in the Merrie Melodies and Looney TunesĀ  shorts.

Tex Avery, Friz Freleng and Bob Clampett where chosen and together they helped to make some very memorable shorts including what I consider to be one of the most important animated shorts of all time “I haven’t got a hat” this short introduced us to Beans the Cat and other animal friends including the first ever appearance of Porky Pig.

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Beans the Cat, Porky Pig and the other animal friends went on to star in their own shorts and while these were all very good, Porky Pig remained a fan favourite and the others were very soon forgotten about.

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In 1936 Mel Blanc was hired to voice some new Looney Tunes Characters that became popular between 1936 and 1944, these included Bugs Bunny, Elmer Fudd and Daffy Duck as well as others that became popular and beloved over the years. As the years went by more characters were added to the Looney Tunes family such as Sylvester the Cat, Tweety Pie, Wile Coyote, Road Runner and others.

These characters boosted the Looney Tunes to immense popularity making them a serious rival to Disney at the time, four of their shorts are now included in the national film registry which means that they will always be preserved and protected, these films are Porky in Wacky Land, Duck Amuck, One Froggy Evening and my personal favourite Looney Tunes short What’s Opera Doc.

While these characters kept up their popularity and went on to win many academy awards this is the brief history of how they originated and in the future I might discuss the more unique variations of Looney Tunes that came decades later but for now I will leave you some YouTube links to Looney Tunes compilations to check out and I will see you for the next part of Looney Tunes month where I will be tackling one of their many video games.

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