Art Davis handled Daffy Duck so well. “What Makes Daffy Duck” may be my favourite cartoon from the Davis unit. The story (credited to Bill Scott and Lloyd Turner) is as good as any from the “senior” writers at Warners (Maltese-Foster-Pierce) and there’s wonderful animation throughout.
Near the beginning of the cartoon, when Elmer Fudd and the fox are being duped for the first time, Daffy is all angular, thrashing arms, bulging eyes and floppy, pointed tongues, but the animation’s wonderfully fluid. Notice below how Daffy starts out looking normal, then goes into wild gestures. These are random frames. This is the work of Bill Melendez. You’ll never find anything like this in his Peanuts specials.
More random frames from Daffy conning Elmer and the fox into a foot race to get “tender, juicy me as first prize.” More random frames. I love the eye-contact as Daffy looks up at the fox.
Melendez, Emery Hawkins, Don Williams and Basil Davidovich are the credited animators. I’d love to know who the assistants were in the Davis unit.