The Stupid Cupid
is a short Looney Tunes animated cartoon
directed by Frank Tashlin
and released in 1944.
plays a cupid (although still wearing his trademark derby) shooting arrows at animals so they fall in love with somebody. When he attempts to shoot Daffy Duck
while bathing in a barn, he complains of the last time he was shot, which ended with him married and the father of many ducklings (including one with two heads), whose wallet photos he offers as evidence. Daffy stuffs Elmer into his own derby and shoots him away with his own bow, telling him to "SCRAM
!" Although Elmer was cheerful at his job before, when he emerges from his hat, his stuttering laugh has never sounded more ominous.
Showing a rarely seen fiendish side, Elmer shoots a giant arrow to Daffy, almost destroying the landscape, and makes Daffy fall in love with a married hen. Her rooster husband tries to beat up Daffy. The duck declares it a mishap, claiming to be a family man himself (briefly appearing with a jalopy full of the previously mentioned ducklings). The rooster lets Daffy go, but Elmer shoots him yet again, starting the whole process over again.
Theories say the the cartoon originally had a special ending theme before the Blue Ribbon reissue rather than a fade out. This can only be proven with an original print
- On Cartoon Network, TBS, and TNT, the part where the dog (stricken by Elmer's arrow) professes his love to the cat is edited to remove the cat blowing his brains out (and the souls of his nine lives doing the same) and due to homosexual romance.
- Syndicated airings cut out the part where the hen attempts to hide from Daffy under a barrel only to find Daffy with a bottle of champagne (a similar gag would be used in the 1952 Pepe Le Pew cartoon "Little Beau Pepe").