Drip-Along Daffy is a Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies theatrical cartoon short released in 1951 and later re-released in 1959 as a Blue Ribbon, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese.

Drip-Along Daffy
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Title card
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Produced byEddie Selzer (uncredited)
Story byMichael Maltese
StarringVoice characterizations:
Mel Blanc
John T. Smith
Music byMusical direction:
Carl Stalling
Milt Franklyn (uncredited)
Animation byCharacter animation:
Phil Monroe
Lloyd Vaughan
Ben Washam
Ken Harris
Effects animation:
Harry Love (uncredited)
Layouts byPhilip DeGuard (credit only)
Character layout:
Robert Gribbroek (uncredited)[1]
Backgrounds byBackground layout:
Robert Gribbroek
Background painter:
Philip DeGuard (uncredited)[1]
Color processColor by:
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
November 17, 1951 (USA)
Running time

This cartoon was produced as a parody of Westerns which were widely popular at the time of its release, and features Daffy Duck as a "Western-Type Hero", who, with his trusty "Comedy Relief" (Porky Pig) hopes to clean up a violence-filled "one-horse town". In a tongue-in-cheek nod to The Lone Ranger, Daffy's horse is named "Tinfoil". The cartoon includes an original song (sung by Porky) called "The Flower of Gower Gulch", a parody of sentimental cowboy-style love songs, Gower Gulch being an intersection in Hollywood known as a gathering spot for would-be actors in early Westerns.[2]

Drip-Along Daffy featured the first appearance of the villain character Nasty Canasta, a Mexican rogue who would resurface in several later Jones cartoons, as well as an episode of The Sylvester and Tweety Mysteries, the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action in 2003, and occasionally on the Duck Dodgers TV series.


Daffy, introduced as a "Western-Type Hero" and Porky, introduced as the "Comedy Relief", ride along the desert until they come across the small "Lawless Western Town" of Snake-Bite Center, which is so full of violence that the population sign immediately goes down a number when someone is shot (while the town cemetery's population sign, mainly consisting of sheriffs, immediately goes up a number); the most recent casualty is the last sheriff, so the town needs a new sheriff. Seeing the "Sheriff Wanted" sign, Daffy picks a sheriff badge out of his collection of badges and rides into town on his horse, Tinfoil, with Porky following behind on his donkey. In a recorded commentary on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, the commentator warns the viewer that "this film is literally stuffed with every western cliché ever done." This is illustrated in such spoof scenes as follows: a man is firing guns while chasing another man; both stop at a traffic light so a second pair can cross, then their chase resumes. Two riders on horseback casually approach one another; when they are in close proximity, the horses recoil and whinny in anger, then begin shooting at each other. Other scenes include: a holdup at "Custard's Last Stand"; a masked horse stealing horseshoes from a smithy at gunpoint; a gunman shot off someone's balcony is caught by waiting stretcher-bearers, who trot him off to "Rigor O'Mortis / The Smiling Undertaker"...whose funeral parlor towers several stories above the neighboring buildings.

At the "OLD GIRDLE SALOON" ("Come in and get tight"), Daffy is about to enjoy a pasteurized milkshake and swami yogurt-chaser...when Nasty Canasta walks in past his 'Wanted' poster (which states "$5,000,000 REWARD (DEAD)" and "RUSTLER, BANDIT, SQUARE DANCE CALLER"). Daffy tries to intimidate Canasta with his gun ("Stick 'em up, homber! You're under arrest"), but Canasta just bites off most of the gun and eats it ("Probably didn't have his i-ron today!"). Canasta then threateningly orders himself and Daffy "two of the usual", a drink made of various poisons and toxic materials like cobra fang juice, hydrogen bitters and old panther (so hot that when two ice cubes are put in it, they jump out, yelping and bouncing into a fire bucket to cool off). Canasta downs the drink with no side effects (other than his hat flipping); Daffy gets Porky to drink the other one, and Porky comes through seemingly with no side effects either. So, Daffy demands one for himself and pours it down his throat. A few seconds later, Daffy and Porky exhibit wild side effects, including reciting "Mary had a Little Lamb" in Elmer Fudd-ese, turning green, and acting like they are motorized; Daffy's bullets shoot by themselves and create a hole in the floor, which he falls into, then rockets out of before coming back to Earth. As he floats down, Daffy sternly says to Canasta "I hate you." Eventually, Daffy challenges Canasta to a showdown in the street.

Daffy and Canasta start walking towards each other, the street deserted (with camera angles designed to parody the showdown camera angles common in Western films of that era), when Porky takes matters into his hands by winding up a small British toy soldier and letting it go towards Canasta, accompanied by Raymond Scott's "The Toy Trumpet". Canasta picks up the toy, chuckling, until it points its gun at Canasta and fires, sending Canasta to the ground. With Canasta defeated, the rest of the people in town rush over to Porky, while Daffy is still pacing his way to the middle of the street. Daffy finally notices the adoration given to Porky, and in vain tries to get their attention ("Gimme the cheers! Give me … Give me - Give - Give me one dozen roses."). Porky is now the town sheriff, and Daffy reiterates his claim that he would "clean up this one-horse town" to the camera — except now he is a sanitation worker. Porky remarks: "L-l-l-lucky for him [Daffy] it is a one-horse town."

In popular cultureEdit

  • A portion of this cartoon appeared in the 1991 movie JFK. In the scene where Jim Garrison (Kevin Costner) and his family are at the dinner table, one of his youngest children is watching this cartoon.


This cartoon is included with the original ending restored in Disc Two of Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 and Disc Two of Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 2.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Drip-Along Daffy". Big Cartoon DataBase, June 3, 2016
  2. ^ Lyrics of "The Flower of Gower Gulch": "She's the flower of G-G-G-Gower Gulch. A cowpuncher's sweetheart t-t-true. And her looks don't amount to much,/'cause one of her eyes is b-b-b-blue. She's got skin just like prairie dog leather. She cooks nothing but chuck wagon st-st-stew. And her name is Minerva Ulch. She's the flower of G-G-Gower Gulch."
    "Gower Gulch" was the nickname of the intersection of Gower Street and Sunset Boulevard. Paramount and RKO studios had lots on Gower Street, so aspiring actors and actresses would gather there in numbers, hoping to be cast for a part in a Western. See: Zelda Cini and Bob Crane, with Peter H. Brown, Hollywood: Land and Legend (Westport, Connecticut: Arlington House, 1980), pages 18 and 71.

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