WHV Press Release: Daffy Duck's Quackbusters

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    WARNER HOME VIDEO
    RELEASES “QUACK-UP” LOONEY TUNES COMEDY
    DAFFY DUCK’S QUACKBUSTERS
    ON DVD AUGUST 4, 2009

    DVD Includes Three Bonus Cartoon Shorts

    BURBANK, CA (May 4, 2009) – Daffy Duck gets top billing in Warner Home Video’s (WHV) feature-length release, Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters, the next installment from the Looney Tunes Movie Collection library, which will be released on DVD August 4, 2009. This delightful film, which is comprised of a collection of classic Looney Tunes shorts, is the final Looney Tunes project that legendary voice actor Mel Blanc lent his voice to. Titled Looney Tunes Movie Collection: Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters, this single-disc release will retail for $14.98 SRP.

    Originally released in 1988, Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters follows Daffy Duck as he inherits a large estate but is haunted by his benefactor when he misbehaves. The story begins when a reclusive and ailing billionaire named J.P. Cubish offers his fortune to anyone who is able to make him laugh. Daffy Duck takes on the challenge and succeeds but the old man laughs so hard he dies. Daffy inherits his fortune under the condition that he use the money in service to the community.

    Greedy Daffy scoffs at the thought of using the inheritance on anyone other than himself. The ghostly spirit of the old man, however, returns to haunt him and he begins to eliminate Daffy’s money until Daffy agrees to uphold the terms. Daffy uses the money to start a “Ghostbusters” style business in hopes of wiping out ghosts such as Cubish’s. Establishing himself as “Paranormalist at Large,” he persuades Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny and Sylvester to help. The ghost-busting team is called to investigate a series of paranormal disturbances across the city. Daffy’s money however, continues to vanish. Will he relent before the rest of his inheritance disappears like a ghost?

    Classic cartoons featured on Looney Tunes Movie Collection: Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters include Night of the Living Duck, Daffy Dilly, The Prize Pest, Water, Water Every Hare, Hide and go Tweet, Claws for Alarm, The Duxorcist, Transylvania 6-5000, The Abominable Snow Rabbit, Punch Trunk and Jumpin’ Jupiter.

    “Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters is unique because it’s a film that’s constructed out of several un-related segments, mainly some of Looney Tunes’ most striking, vintage cartoon shorts, some spanning over 60 years, and combines them with fresh, new material to create an entirely new film,” said Amit Desai, WHV Vice President of Family, Animation & Sports Marketing. He added, “Cartoon connoisseurs will appreciate the clever ways in which some of their favorite shorts have been re-invented while kids will be excited to see some of their favorite characters such as Bugs Bunny, Tweety Bird and Porky Pig in a full-length film.”

    The release will also include three bonus cartoons: Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½ Century, as well as Superior Duck and Little Go Beep. Produced by the legendary Chuck Jones, Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½ Century was originally released in 1980. In this short, Daffy Duck reprises his famous role as Duck Dodgers along with Porky Pig as his assistant space cadet -- the two discover Marvin the Martian’s ploy to destroy the Earth. Released in 1996, Superior Duck, is the short that features almost all Looney Tunes characters. In Little Go Beep, which was released in 2000, baby Wile E. Coyote is told by his father that he’s not to speak until he catches a roadrunner.

    Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters was the last Looney Tunes project for which gifted voice actor Mel Blanc, provided his voice. Blanc, who earned the nickname, “the Man of a Thousand Voices,” is best known as the voice behind such iconic characters as Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Porky Pig and several others.
     
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    Strange... why include Superior Duck and not The Duxorcist?
     
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    It's one of the segments within the film, along with Night of the Living Duck.
     
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    Has "The Duxorcist" and "Night of the Living Duck" been available by themselves on DVD outside of QUACKBUSTERS? I like both of these modern shorts but I've never been crazy about the "compilation" movies like this or FANTASTIC ISLAND, though I'm glad it's being made available to the fans who do.
     
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    THE DUXORCIST was on the Space Jam SE DVD.
     
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    The Space Jam 2-disc SE DVD included "The Duxorcist", "Night of the Living Duck", "Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers", and "Another Froggy Evening". They are not all great, but they are all better than "Space Jam". [​IMG]

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    Personally, I think Quackbusters is the best of the compilation films. Great choices for the shorts, the bridging material is funny, and the two new segments are terrific. It helps that they tried to make new material match the older cartoons instead of stubbornly using modernized designs.
     

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