A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this movie.
The cartoons can be examined for the artistry and cleverness with which they were created more than half a century ago. The cartoons are studies of extraordinary animation art and ingenious parody.
Daffy Duck's holding onto his inheritance is based upon his ability to be honest and treat his employees with respect. Each time he offends, more money disappears.
Positive Role Models
Daffy Duck is forced to try his best at being a good boss and business person of integrity. The cartoon characters who use their wits often defeat the characters whose only power is in their size and strength.
Violence & Scariness
Lots of cartoon explosions, falls, dynamite, electric buzzers, punches, pie throwing, axe threats, as well as ghosts, zombies, monsters, vampires, and mummies. The monsters are designed for humor rather than fright appeal.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
One flirtatious kiss between a girl and duck.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Cartoon characters smoke cigarettes and a cigar. Reference is made to beer drinking, and one man is shown staggering and drunk as he exits a bar. A "nightclub" scene shows characters with drinks on their tables.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that most of this movie consists of animated short films that are more than fifty years old. As such, there are characters who smoke, puffing furiously; there's one scene in which a drunken man staggers out of a bar; and while the action is definitely fake, animated, and designed for humor, it consists of crashes, axe-wielding bad guys, explosions, treacherous falls, and electric buzzers sending shockwaves through opponents. Hair stands on end; heads sizzle; and dynamite is a weapon of choice. There are monsters from beginning to end, but they're drawn for humor and are not threatening. To stay in the loop on more movies like this, you can sign up for weekly Family Movie Night emails.
Is It Any Good?
Most of these cartoons are quite funny and will appeal to audiences young and old. All of the early Warner Bros. cartoons, originally six minutes in length, and directed and written by some of the great animators of the last century such as Chuck Jones and Friz Freleng, were meant to be enjoyed on a number of levels. For the very young, there were chases, explosions, clever ruses, and lots of slapstick danger. For a more sophisticated audience, the cartoons were inventive parodies with ingenious cultural references and double entendres. This compilation is no exception. Mel Torme croons in a monster bar; the Abominable Snowman is designed as an homage to Lenny in John Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men. And for the kids, there are the requisite number of one-upsmanship moments when little birds outwit big kitty cats and monsters.
The film with Daffy's inheritance and business venture, which was created in 1988, is supposed to complement the various old cartoons, and it's moderately successful. The older short films with Mel Blanc's brilliant vocal characterizations, however, are really the best part: charming, clever, and often very funny.
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