DUCK EDGAR DUMAS ALOYSIUS EOGHAIN DODGERS is the metafictional star
of a series of cartoons produced by
Warner Bros. , featuring Daffy
Duck in the role of a science fiction hero.
He first appeared in the 1953 cartoon short
Duck Dodgers in the
24½th Century , directed by
Chuck Jones as a spoof of the popular
Buck Rogers in the 25th Century and
Flash Gordon science fiction
serials of the 1930s, casting the brash, egomaniacal
Daffy Duck as the
hero of the story. As of 2003 it is available in the DVD compilation
Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 1 , and is also available for
download on the iTunes Store in the
Daffy Duck collection.
The plot of the cartoon involves Duck Dodgers' search for the rare
element Illudium Phosdex, "the shaving cream atom ", the only
remaining supply of which is on the mysterious "Planet X ." Just after
Dodgers has claimed Planet X in the name of the Earth, Marvin the
Martian lands on the same planet and claims it in the name of
The stage is set for a battle of wits, not to mention various forms of
weaponry, most of which tend to backfire hilariously on Dodgers.
Considering the period in which the cartoon was produced (the Red
Scare was in full swing during the 1950s era), some scholars have used
the cartoon to parallel the supposed futility of the
Cold War and the
arms race .
Duck Dodgers sequels
* 2 Further appearances
* 3 Use by the US Air Force and NASA
* 4 Dragon Con
* 5 References
* 6 External links
DUCK DODGERS SEQUELS
The first sequel, also produced by
Chuck Jones , was titled Duck
Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century and was released in 1980.
The plot of this sequel cartoon was nearly a carbon copy of the
original though this time, Marvin says he is trying to solve the
Earth's energy crisis (by blowing up the Earth); Marvin succeeds in
launching his missile and at the end of the cartoon reminds everyone
that it's only a cartoon.
The second short, titled
Marvin the Martian in the Third Dimension ,
was a 3D cartoon released in 1996 to select venues. These included the
Warner Bros. Studio Store in
Manhattan , and Warner Bros.
Movie World theme parks on the Gold Coast , Australia and in
Bottrop-Kirchhellen , Germany. It included a range of interactive
effects including a splash with water. Unlike the other Dodgers
Porky Pig did not appear.
A third short, titled Superior Duck was released in 1996, with Frank
Gorshin as Duck Dodgers. In this short, the character instead went by
the name Superior Duck.
A fourth short, titled "Attack of the Drones" was made in 2003 and
was part of a series of new shorts, but because of the failure of
Looney Tunes: Back in Action , they were not released theatrically.
The shorts sometimes air on Teletoon in Canada.
Duck Dodgers also made an appearance in a Tiny Toon Adventures
segment titled "
Duck Dodgers Jr." (in the episode "The Return of the
Acme Acres Zone"), where Daffy Duck's pint-sized protégé and student
Plucky Duck also visited the futuristic world of Duck Dodgers. Here
Marvin the Martian appears with another humanoid Martian, Marcia. Duck
Dodgers also makes an appearance in Star Warners.
* A SNES and
Game Boy game called Daffy Duck: The Marvin Missions ,
as well as a
Nintendo 64 video game, entitled Duck Dodgers, have also
been produced. He also appeared in the game Looney Tunes: Acme
* The original cartoon also appeared in a 1994 episode of the
science fiction series
Babylon 5 , (also produced by WB) where it was
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century was Security Chief
Michael Garibaldi 's "second favorite thing in the universe". One
episode shows Garibaldi laughing uproariously at the cartoon, as
Delenn watches it with him, appearing totally bewildered.
* Portions of this cartoon can be seen and heard in the background
in a scene from the 1977 movie
Close Encounters of the Third Kind .
Duck Dodgers appears in the 2003 feature Looney Tunes: Back in
Action when Daffy notes that the only character that could save the
film's proverbial day was Duck Dodgers; Daffy then realizes that
Dodgers is his alter ego . He ends up defeating Marvin and saving
humanity, after several jet packs exploded when he said his name.
Duck Dodgers as seen in the 2003
Duck Dodgers episode "Wrath of
Duck Dodgers as a
Green Lantern .
* From 2003 to 2005,
Cartoon Network aired a
Duck Dodgers TV series.
In this show, Duck Edgar Dumas Aloysius Dodgers started out as a
hapless soul that was accidentally frozen for over three centuries for
reasons not known. He was later revived by Dr. I.Q. Hi in the 24½th
century. Through scheming and lies he managed to trick everyone into
believing he was a 21st-century hero. In reality, he was only a
water-boy for the Midstate University football team, and "Quarterback
Quack" shows that he only carried out this façade at the insistence
of a time-traveling Martian Commander X-2, who unwittingly made
Dodgers into the hero he was known as. Dodgers is arrogant, selfish,
greedy, lazy, cowardly, gullible, and not particularly intelligent.
However, he occasionally displays surprisingly high levels of heroism
and competence, suggesting that he is not quite as daft as he appears
to be, although he mostly succeeds through sheer dumb luck and the
work of the Eager Young Space Cadet. Ironically, Martian Commander X-2
actually caused Dodgers to become a minor football star in the final
game of the season, which is what he used to parlay himself into
captaincy in the Protectorate, meaning that he is, technically, not
lying when he claims he won a championship football game in his own
time. It is implied that he can't read, though this is contradicted
several times. He also has shown to have quite the ego, when he caused
the energy core of his ship to explode while using the lasers to carve
his name on a nearby planetoid for example, and burning out the
auxiliary core to make toast. In "The Green Loontern," Duck Dodgers
accidentally got his costume mixed up with
Hal Jordan 's Green Lantern
costume at the dry cleaners where the rest of the
Green Lantern Corps
mistook him for Hal Jordan. He ended up fighting
Sinestro until Hal
Jordan arrived and regained his costume to help defeat Sinestro.
Though he doesn't show it often, Dodgers cares deeply for his Cadet,
even though he often demeans and puts him through humiliating
situations. In "Of Course You Know, This Means War and Peace" Pt. 1,
he is described by Psy Q. Hi as an ego-maniacal, bipolar, narcissist,
and pathological liar with sociopathic tendencies.
* Duck Dodgers' Green Loontern appearance appears as a playable
character in the 2014 video game Lego
Batman 3: Beyond Gotham .
USE BY THE US AIR FORCE AND NASA
In 2003, both
Duck Dodgers and
Marvin the Martian were featured on
1st Space Launch Squadron mission patches for that year's
Mars Exploration Rover missions.
Duck Dodgers cartoon is played during the Masquerade
contest while the judges make their decisions annually. Dragon*Con
Labor Day weekend in
Atlanta, Georgia . The tradition was
taken on by
Dragon*Con when Dixie Trek, a preceding Atlanta
convention, became defunct.
* ^ Champlin Jr, Chuck (1979-09-03). "\'Duck Dodgers\' Flies
Again". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-11-01.
* ^ Curtiss, Aaron (2000-10-26). "\'Girl\' Dangerously Cool, but
Dodge the \'Duck\'". The Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
* ^ "FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; The First Duck in Space? That Is So Daffy".
The New York Times. 2003-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
* ^ Marvin The Martian and
Daffy Duck as
Duck Dodgers Prepare for
Upcoming NASA Missions to Mars, press release from
Warner Bros. ,
Monday, June 2,