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Draftee Daffy

Draftee Daffy is a 1945 Looney Tunes Daffy Duck cartoon, directed by Bob Clampett.

Plot

Having read about the U.S. fighting forces pushing the Nazi troops back during World War II, Daffy is in a patriotic mood. After reading a newspaper headline he says, "A smashing frontal attack on the enemy's rear? Oh, hurray for the Red, White and Blue!" However, his mood quickly changes to fear when he gets a call that "the little man from the draft board" wants to see him.

Hiding in his house, Daffy looks out, eventually seeing the little man, who attempts to hand him a telegram (presumably with Daffy's conscription order). Daffy continues to try and outrun the man from the draft board, who seems to be everywhere that Daffy is. Daffy even goes so far as to plant a bomb with the man from the draft board.

Finally, Daffy locks the man from the draft board in a safe, bricks the safe up, puts up a wall over the bricks (chortling, "So long, Dracula!"), runs to the roof and takes off in a rocket. However, the rocket soon plunges back to earth, causing Daffy to crash-land in Hell (though Daffy never actually uses the term in the cartoon). Shrugging off this turn, Daffy spots a demon (seen from the rear) and tells him, "Oh well, at least I put one over on that dope from the draft board!" The demon takes off his mask to reveal he's the man from the draft board, then replies with the popular catchphrase of the "Richard Q. Peavey" character from The Great Gildersleeve, "Well, now, I wouldn't say that," and goes chasing Daffy around Hell with the telegram.

Continuity

Daffy had already been depicted as in fact serving in the armed forces in two earlier cartoons, Daffy - The Commando and Plane Daffy. However, continuity rarely received much attention in cartoons of this period.

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