The Scarlet Pumpernickel

The Scarlet Pumpernickel ★★★

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Daffy Duck: [after jumping out the window and missing the horse] ''That's funny. That never happens to Errol Flynn.''

Yet another meta cartoon. In this one, Daffy is fed up of being typecast in comedies, so he pitches a dramatic/adventure script idea to his unseen boss titled The Scarlet Pumpernickel, written by none other than ''Daffy Dumas Duck.'' His (blandly-written) spoof story (which translates to the cartoon's blandly-written spoof story) features a star-studded cast of Porky Pig, Sylvester the Cat and Elmer Fudd all in forgettable roles (I was almost expecting Bugs Bunny to show up for a twist finish as the Warner Bros. executive). Daffy, who doesn't seem to have written an ending for his story (again, it translates to the actual cartoon's writer not seeming to come up with a proper climax), which leaves the WB executive, ''J.L.,'' unimpressed ("Is that all?"), puts a gun to his head and fires, remarking "It's getting so you have to kill yourself to sell a story around here." Obviously, this ''suicide'' has caused controversy and the conclusion has been censored when shown on TV.

Trivia: This is the only time where Mel Blanc voices Elmer Fudd.

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