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Plane Daffy

Posted in WB Cartoon Companion on March 22, 2004

    Frank Tashlin cartoon from 1944 featuring Daffy as a military courier facing a Nazi seductress/spy, Hata Mari.

    The cartoon opens with rhyming narration. It would be interesting to know if this narration was written by Dr. Seuss (Ted Geisel), who is known to have worked on some of the Private Snafu cartoons around the time this was in production.

    Note the list of pigeons on the blackboard, many of whom refer to studio personnel:

        #17 Cal [Dalton]
        #16 Ace [Gamer]
        #15 Ray [Katz]
        #14 Leon [Schlesinger]
        #13 Homer
        #12 Walter [probably referring to actor Walter Pidgeon]
        #11 Curt
        #10 Dick
        #9 Tubby [Millar]
        #8 Warren [Foster]
        #7 Fred

    Caricatures of Adolf Hitler, Hermann Göering, and Joseph Göebbles appear at the end of the cartoon when Hata Mari makes her report.

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