Amazingly enough, here's a Daffy Duck cartoon that actually gives him a backstory! According to 'The Daffy Duckaroo', it seems that our Merrie Melodies mallard WAS a big singing-cowboy star, but he gave it up because (as he says) "I want to be a lone ... ranger." If this premise had come along a few years later, when audiences were much more familiar with Daffy -- and more aware that his lust for fame and fortune vastly surpasses his singing ability -- nobody would believe it. But this is a comparatively early Daffy toon, when the character was still developing, so ... what the heck.
Riding along through the Painted Desert, Daffy encounters a winsome Amerindian maiden, a sweet Sioux who pitches woo to him while speaking in a prole Jewish accent. (Not a Brooklyn accent, as somebody else has claimed on this site.) She holds up a sign marked "DO NOT DISTURBUM". But along comes her boyfriend, a huge Red Indian with a big beezer named Little Beaver (an obvious reference to the 'Red Ryder' B movies). For some reason, Daffy decides to dress up like a squaw to take the squawk out of this guy's tomahawk. Heap ugh!
I try to make allowances for earlier generations' taste in humour. The Warner Brothers cartoons have an ongoing motif of female impersonation, which can be very funny unless (stand up, Bob Clampett) it gets too fetishistic. And I also understand the Looney Toons' penchant for racial humour, regrettable as it is. But when those two themes both happen at the same go, I stop laughing. When Bugs Bunny impersonates a Japanese woman (in 'Bugs Bunny Nips the Nips') or here, where Daffy pretends to be an Amerindian girl, I find the racial impersonation ON TOP OF the sexual impersonation to be just a bit too distressing. Daffy Duck en femme simply isn't as funny as Bugs Bunny in that same mode. Daffy dressed as Minnehaha rates, at best, a mini ha-ha.
SPOILERS COMING: Warner Brothers toons from the World War Two era tend to finish with a gag that was very topical at the time, but which is incomprehensible to modern audiences. (Such as a reference to 'A cards'.) In 'The Daffy Duckaroo', a fast-paced chase sequence abruptly peters out with a wartime shortages gag about rubber tyres, ending in a very weak joke about a putt-putt: a vehicle designed for low fuel consumption, in the days of severe petrol rationing. Since wartime shortages and rationing were far worse here in Britain than in Daffy Duck's America, I just can't laugh. Daffy dropped a brick this time, and I'll rate this cartoon just 3 out of 10.
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