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Duck Dodgers in the 24½th (twenty-fourth and a half) Century is a Merrie Melodies cartoon created in 1952 and released on July 25, 1953 (with a production code of 1264), starring Daffy Duck as space hero Duck Dodgers, Porky Pig as his assistant, and Marvin The Martian as his opponent. Marvin the Martian had been introduced as an unnamed villain in Haredevil Hare (1948) playing opposite Bugs Bunny (and was given the name Commander X-2 in 1952's The Hasty Hare), but this cartoon was the first of many appearances of Duck Dodgers.

In 1994, it was voted #4 of the 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. In 2004, it was retrospectively awarded a Hugo Award for Best Dramatic Presentation.

Credits

The cartoon was directed by Chuck Jones (credited as Charles M. Jones), with the story by Michael Maltese, voices by Mel Blanc, and original music by Carl Stalling. The animation was credited to Lloyd Vaughan, Ken Harris and Ben Washam, with Harry Love receiving a credit for effects animation. The distinctive layouts were designed by Maurice Noble and the backgrounds produced by Phil DeGuard.

Uncredited is the noteworthy quotation of Powerhouse by Raymond Scott in the score by Stalling.

Plot

The plot of the cartoon involves Duck Dodgers' search for the rare element Illudium Phosdex, "the shaving cream atom." In the future, the only remaining supply of the element is on the mysterious "Planet X", which fortunately is found when Dodgers follows a path leading from Planet A to Planets B, C, D, and so on. Dodgers is about to claim Planet X in the name of the Earth when Marvin the Martian lands on the same planet (in a ship called the Martian Maggot) and claims it in the name of Mars. The stage is set for a battle of wits (or lack thereof) between the two cartoon stars.

Porky Pig also appears in the cartoon, playing the role of the "Eager Young Space Cadet". As he does in a number of Jones' cartoons, he plays the role of the straight man, getting the job done and foiling the villain while Daffy Duck blusters and repeatedly gets himself blown to smithereens.

Considering the period in which the cartoon was produced (the Second Red Scare was in full swing during the 1950s era), some scholars have used the cartoon to parallel the futility of the Cold War and the arms race. They note that by the end of the cartoon, the planet that Duck Dodgers and Marvin the Martian are fighting over has been destroyed, and the remaining area claimed by Daffy at the end is barely large enough for him to stand upon. The dismissive attitude to Dodgers' pyrrhic victory is epitomized by Porky's cynical response to his boss's overblown proclamation, "B-B-Big deal."

Sequels

Availability

  • VHS - A Salute to Chuck Jones
  • VHS - Marvin the Martian: Space Tunes
  • Laserdisc - Daffy Duck's Screen Classics: Duck Victory
  • DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1, Disc 2
  • DVD - The Essential Daffy Duck
  • Blu-Ray, DVD - Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1, Disc 2

Other media

  • In the sci-fi series Babylon 5, the character of Michael Garibaldi is a fan of Daffy Duck, and describes "Duck Dodgers" as his "second favorite thing in the universe". In the episode "Midnight on the Firing Line", Garibaldi looks for someone to share it with, and eventually watches the cartoon with Ambassador Delenn.
  • When the main character of the science fiction film Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977) wakes up, after trying all night to make contact with the aliens, his daughter is watching "Duck Dodgers".

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Duck Dodgers in the 24½th CenturyDuck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th CenturyTV series (episodes) • Video gameDaffy Duck: The Marvin Missions
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Duck DodgersThe Eager Young Space CadetMartian Commander X-2Commander K-9Queen Tyr'ahneeDr. I.Q. HiCaptain Star JohnsonMartian CenturionLezah the WickedMichigan J. FrogMartian GophersGreen Lantern CorpsK'Chutha Sa'amTasmanian WarriorThe FuddNasty CanastaDrake DarkstarMartian General Z-9Captain LongCaptain Dallas RodmanMaster Sergeant Emily Dickinson JonesBigfootCounselor DishInstant MartiansCatapoidsCount MuerteSinestroDr. WoeArchduke ZagAlien HunterManinsuitBaby-Faced MoonbeamCommandante HilgalgoCrusherPhantom ShadowAndromeda AnnihilatorBlack EelMagnificent RogueVictor Von BoogiemanDr. ManiacHubie and BertieSkunderbellyWhooshSerpenti Crime FamilyCamomanNew CadetHappy CatGreen Lantern / Hal JordanAgent YoshimiThe President of SpaceRobotoDr. Psy Q. HiSteve BostonChancellor Flippauralius and King Great WhiteRona VipraHungortusFlame ValetCounselor CombustionMaster MolochPrincess IncenseRocky and MugsyDave MustainePorko, Puerco and SowCassiopeiaHella, Ramona and AngelicaPaprika SoloNinaAurora SoleilTheresaWinifred ChaticleerMiss BetsyMalykaEllomoldSamantha de la TorturaMina SupernovaEmiliaGeorgiaHelgaDrake DarkstarLoni Anderson Blonde ReporterComputer User GirlJeon ParkTaffyMaria BlazeEricaPrincess AlexandraCynthia The Beach NursesPandora
Episodes
Season 1: The Trial of Duck DodgersBig Bug MamasThe Fowl FriendThe Fast and the FeatheryDuck DeceptionThe Spy Who Didn't Love MeDuck CodgersWhere's Baby Smartypants?I'm Going to Get You Fat SuckaDetained DuckK-9 KaddyPig of ActionShiver Me DodgersThe Wrath of CanastaThey Stole Dodgers' BrainThe Green LoonternQuarterback QuackTo Love A DuckHooray For Hollywood PlanetThe Queen Is WildBack To The AcademyEnemy YoursDuck Departure

Season 2: Pig PlanetInvictus InterruptusPet PeevedThe Menace of ManinsuitK-9 QuarryTalent Show A Go-GoThe Love of A FatherThe New CadetThe Love DuckThe FuddThe Mark of XeroI See Duck PeopleDeathmatch DuckDeconstructing DodgersM.M.O.R.P.D.Old McDodgersDiva DeliveryCastle HighSurf The StarsSamurai QuackOf Course You Know This Means War And Peace (Part 1 and 2)
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Porky's Duck HuntDaffy Duck & EggheadWhat Price PorkyPorky & DaffyThe Daffy DocDaffy Duck in HollywoodDaffy Duck and the DinosaurScalp TroubleWise QuacksNaughty Neighbors
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Porky's Last StandYou Ought to Be in PicturesA Coy DecoyThe Henpecked DuckConrad the SailorDaffy's Southern ExposureThe Impatient PatientThe Daffy DuckarooMy Favorite DuckTo Duck or Not to DuckThe Wise Quacking DuckYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatScrap Happy DaffyA Corny ConcertoDaffy - The CommandoTom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyPlane DaffyThe Stupid CupidDraftee DaffyAin't That DuckyNasty QuacksBook RevueBaby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesHollywood DaffyThe Great Piggy Bank RobberyThe Birth of a NotionAlong Came DaffyA Pest in the HouseMexican JoyrideWhat Makes Daffy DuckDaffy Duck Slept HereThe Up-Standing SitterYou Were Never DuckierDaffy DillyThe Stupor SalesmanRiff Raffy DaffyWise QuackersHoliday for DrumsticksDaffy Duck Hunt
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1960s
Person to BunnyThe Abominable Snow RabbitDaffy's Inn TroubleQuackodile TearsGood NooseFast Buck DuckThe Million HareAqua DuckThe Iceman DuckethIt's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffySuppressed DuckCorn on the CopTease for TwoChili Corn CornyGo Go AmigoThe AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of CatnipDaffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta FiascoSkyscraper CaperSee You Later, Gladiator
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The Bugs Bunny ShowThe Porky Pig ShowThe Merrie Melodies ShowThe Daffy Duck Show (1978)Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic IslandTiny Toon AdventuresMerrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny & FriendsDaffy Duck and the Great Paint CaperDaffy Duck: The Marvin MissionsBugs N' DaffyThe Daffy Duck Show (1996)Space JamDaffy Duck: Fowl PlayDuck Dodgers: Starring Daffy DuckBaby Looney TunesDuck Dodgers (TV series)Looney Tunes: Back in ActionBah, Humduck! A Looney Tunes ChristmasThe Looney Tunes ShowLooney Tunes: Rabbits RunNew Looney Tunes


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Porky's Last StandAfrica SqueaksAli-Baba BoundPilgrim PorkySlap Happy PappyPorky's Poor FishYou Ought to Be in PicturesThe Chewin' BruinPorky's Baseball BroadcastPatient PorkyCalling Dr. PorkyPrehistoric PorkyThe Sour PussPorky's Hired HandThe Timid ToreadorPorky's Snooze ReelPorky's Bear FactsPorky's PreviewPorky's AntA Coy DecoyPorky's Prize PonyMeet John DoughboyWe, The Animals - Squeak!The Henpecked DuckNotes to YouRobinson Crusoe, Jr.Porky's Midnight MatineePorky's PoochPorky's Pastry PiratesWho's Who in the ZooPorky's CafeMy Favorite DuckConfusions of a Nutzy SpyYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatTom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredSwooner CroonerDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyBrother BratTrap Happy PorkyWagon HeelsBaby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesKitty KorneredMouse MenaceOne Meat BrawlLittle Orphan AiredaleDaffy Duck Slept HereNothing But The ToothThe Pest That Came to DinnerRiff Raffy DaffyScaredy CatAwful OrphanPorky ChopsPaying the PiperDaffy Duck HuntCurtain RazorOften an OrphanDough for the Do-DoBye, Bye Bluebeard
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Boobs in the WoodsThe Scarlet PumpernickelAn Egg ScrambleGolden YeggsThe DuckstersDog CollaredThe Wearing of the GrinDrip-Along DaffyThe Prize PestThumb FunCracked QuackFool CoverageDuck Dodgers in the 24½th CenturyClaws for AlarmMy Little DuckarooJumpin' JupiterDime to RetireRocket SquadDeduce, You SayBoston QuackieRobin Hood DaffyChina Jones
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Daffy's Inn TroubleCorn on the Cop
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Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th CenturySuperior DuckMy Generation G...G... Gap


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Feature Films: The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner MovieThe Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny MovieBugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit TalesDaffy Duck's Fantastic IslandDaffy Duck's QuackbustersSpace JamThe Looney Tunes Hall of FameLooney Tunes: Back in Action
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