Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century (1953)

USA, 1953
7m
35mm film, Technicolor, 1.37:1
mono, English

An American animated fantasy film directed by Charles M. Jones. It was originally released on 25 July 1953 and was the first of many appearances of Daffy Duck in his Duck Dodgers persona. A parody of Philip Francis Nowlan’s Buck Rogers character, it was a favourite of directors Steven Spielberg and George Lucas, the former including the short on television in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) and the latter insisting that it support Star Wars (1977) on its initial US release.

Plot Summary

Daffy Duck is a fearless space explorer, Porky Pig his less than heroic sidekick and Marvin the Martian the pesky alien he battles for control of Planet X.

Credits

Crew
Directed by: Charles M. Jones
Warner Bros.
Story by: Michael Maltese
Animation: Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris, Ben Washam
Layouts: Maurice Noble
Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
Effects Animation: Harry Love
Music: Carl Stalling

Cast
Mel Blanc

Sequels
Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century (1980)
Tiny Toon Adventures (1990-1992)
Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension (1996)
Superior Duck (1996)
Attack of the Drones (2003)
Duck Dodgers (2003–2005)

Extracts included in
Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)

References

Books

  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.113
  • The Palgrave Encyclopedia of American Horror Film Shorts 1915-1976 by Gary D. Rhodes and David J. Hogan p.560
  • Reference Guide to Fantastic Films by Walt Lee p.116 – credits
  • The World of Fantasy Films by Richard Myers pp.168, 170