The Sorrows of Young Werewolf (eyeteeth) wrote,
The Sorrows of Young Werewolf

The always rising of the night

Yesterday I drew this stix and edited and worked on my novel and got a new modem and bought a quart of Behr Premium Plus eggshell enamel in Appletini, a stupid name for a very pretty color, because I'm going to paint a shelf (and yes I got primer too). But most importantly, yesterday I went to a program of newly restored golden age Warner Brothers cartoons at the Film Forum, including One Froggy Evening and Feed the Kitty and Duck Dodgers in the 24 1/2 Century and best of all Rabbit Seasoning, probably the best of the trilogy in which Daffy Duck keeps getting his bill blasted off by Elmer Fudd's shotgun.

Bugs: Would you like to shoot me now or wait till you get home?
Daffy: Shoot him now! Shoot him now!
Bugs: You keep out of this, he doesn't have to shoot you now.
Daffy: He does so have to shoot me now! [To Elmer:] I demand that you shoot me now!

These cartoons are just so utterly beautiful. I have loved them all my life. They've actually gotten better as I've gotten older, which is not true of many things one loves in childhood. Rabbit Seasoning of course has a grammar joke:

Daffy [grimly]: Let's run through that again.
Bugs: OK. "Would you like to shoot him now or wait till you get home?"
Daffy: "Shoot him now. Shoot him now."
Bugs: "You keep out of this, he doesn't have to shoot you now."
Daffy [thrusting a finger in Bugs's face]: HA! That's it! Hold it right there! [Aside to audience, sagely:] Pronoun trouble.

Drip-Along Daffy gives us a glimpse of the Old Girdle Saloon -- "Come in and get tight." And Duck Dodgers has Marvin the Martian, who I realized only a few years ago wears that plumed helmet and armored skirt because he's from Mars and therefore dresses like the Roman god, except for how he's also wearing tennis shoes. As Marvin himself says in his fussy nasal voice, "Isn't that lovely?"
Tags: bugs bunny, cartoons, daffy duck, marvin the martian, my childhood, stix
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