Cinema: Daffy's Back

A cartoon legend shines again

Talk about your comebacks. This character was a star from the moment he was hatched in 1937. Through every comic humiliation that befell him -- whether getting vamped by a transvestite rabbit or fricasseed by an irate hunter -- he displayed the bravura resilience of a born loser. This master thespian could play an existential hero (Duck Amuck), a base canard (You Ought to Be in Pictures), a hard-breathing hoofer (Show Biz Bugs) or a World War II draft dodger (Draftee Daffy). Wily farceur, dynamite showman, he made 126 pictures before retiring in 1968. For years he could be seen only...

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