I’m not sure if he flew in or waddled his way up onto the bench, but Daffy Duck has paid us a Sunday visit, here at Sun City Peachtree. Perhaps he was looking for Tweety and Sylvester. Sorry, pal, you missed ‘em!
Daffy Duck is another one of Warner Bros.’ Looney Tunes characters; and, a character he is! Although he is Bugs Bunny’s rival, he has occasionally been the rabbit’s best friend, too.
Born in 1937, the feisty black-feathered duck was quite the star, appearing in 130 shorts. He was ranked #14 on TV Guide’s list of Top 50 best cartoon characters of all time and appeared on the cover.
Daffy had quite the attitude. Assertive and combative, he was a protagonist that had everybody talking after seeing him on the screen. A star was born!
There was some speculation back in the day about how Daffy got that lisp. One story that made the rounds was that Daffy’s voice was modeled after producer Leon Schlesinger’s tendency to lisp. Mel Blanc, the voice of Daffy Duck, poked a hole in that theory saying, “It seemed to me that such an extended mandible would hinder his speech, particularly words containing an s sound. Thus “despicable” became “dethpicable.”
Mel Blanc had a lot of practice with that lisp. At one point, his voice for Daffy held the world record for the longest voice-acting of one animated character by his original voice actor: 52 years, just breaking Donald Duck’s 51-year streak by Clarence Nash. Both records were broken by June Foray, the voice for Rocky the Flying Squirrel from Rocky and Bullwinkle, which lasted for 55 years.
Who will be next to occupy the bench? Will it be Daffy’s sometimes-rival, sometimes-best friend, Bugs Bunny? Will it be Porky Pig?? Elmer Fudd??? If it’s Elmer, he’ll sure be on the lookout for Bugs! Stay tuned to see who’s next! The plot thickens…