All right, look, I have two papers due next Monday and magazine production just started, so I’ve got no time for a snappy intro this week. Instead, I’ll just recommend a cool cartoon you should go track down on the Internet because you, unlike me, have free time on your hands.
Title: Duck Dodgers In the 24th½ Century
Network: Cartoon Network then, Boomerang now
Premise: Daffy Duck… IIIIIIINNNNN SPAAAAAAAACE
That right there is the original Looney Tunes short, parodying Buck Rogers, which as you can see rules. George Lucas had it shown in some theaters before the orignal Star Wars because it so inspired him, and as the years gone by he’s come ever closer to turning the franchise into his dream of a ridiculous cartoon. So a few years back Warner Brothers went ahead and produced a full-scale series based on it, directed by world-class Chuck Jones imitators Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone. The setup: Daffy Duck, Porky Pig, and Marvin the Martian “play” space hero Duck Dodgers, eager young space cadet Eager Young Space Cadet, and Martian Commander X-2.