Duck Dodgers (TV series)

Duck Dodgers
Directed by Spike Brandt and Tony Cervone (also supervising directors)
Voices of
Theme music composer The Flaming Lips
Opening theme "Duck Dodgers", performed by Tom Jones
Ending theme "Duck Dodgers" (Instrumental)
Composer(s) Robert Kral
Douglas Romayne
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 39 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
Editor(s) Rob Desales
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Warner Bros. Animation
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network Cartoon Network
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release August 23, 2003 (2003-08-23) – November 11, 2005 (2005-11-11)

Duck Dodgers is an American animated television series, based on the 1953 theatrical cartoon short Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century, produced by Warner Bros. Animation from 2003 to 2005.[1] The series is a comic science fiction, featuring the fictional Looney Tunes characters as actors in metafictional roles, with Daffy Duck as the title character. It originally aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.


Though primarily based around the original Duck Dodgers short (which is set in roughly 2350 AD), the series has also taken many visual and thematic cues from other Looney Tunes shorts unrelated to the Dodgers character and its science fiction premise. Many other familiar characters from the Looney Tunes pantheon are featured in the series, often given traits to fit within Duck Dodgers' own universe. For example, Yosemite Sam becomes "K'chutha Sa'am," a parody of Klingons in Star Trek, Elmer Fudd becomes a parasitic mind-altering alien disease known as "the Fudd" (a combination of the Flood and the Borg), Witch Hazel was "Leezah the Witch" in one episode, Count Bloodcount was "Count Muerte" in two episodes, and Wile E. Coyote was a Predator-like alien hunter in one episode where Martian Commander X-2 and K-9 were hunting. Gophers Mac and Tosh appeared as Martian gophers on an alien golf course. Nasty Canasta, Taz, Rocky and Mugsy, and the Crusher also made appearances on this series. In a two-part episode, the "Shropshire Slasher" appears as a convict named the Andromeda Annihilator.

Theme songs

In addition to pop culture references, the show's theme (arranged by the Flaming Lips) is sung by Tom Jones, in a style reminiscent to Jones' performance of the theme from the James Bond film Thunderball. Jones also appeared in caricature form in the second-season episode "Talent Show A Go-Go," to sing his signature song, "It's Not Unusual". The episode "In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock" featured Dave Mustaine of heavy metal band Megadeth, and the band performed "Back in the Day."


Duck Dodgers was nominated in 2004 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production Produced For Children, Music in an Animated Television Production, Production Design in an Animated Television Production, and Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production. It won the Annie award for 2004 for Music in an Animated Television Production, music by Robert J. Kral. It was also nominated 4 Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing - Live Action and Animation and Special Class Animated Program in 2004,[2] and again in 2005.[3] It later won for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program - Joe Alaskey.[4] This series ended production in 2005 after its third season.


Galactic Protectorate

The Martian Empire

Episode list

Voice cast

DVD releases

Warner Home Video released Duck Dodgers - Season 1: Dark Side of the Duck to DVD on February 19, 2013, and Duck Dodgers - Season 2: Deep Space Duck on July 23, 2013.

DVD Name Ep # Release Date
Season 1 13 February 19, 2013
Season 2 13 July 23, 2013
Season 3 13 N/A

See also


  1. "FOR YOUNG VIEWERS; The First Duck in Space? That Is So Daffy". The New York Times. 2003-09-21. Retrieved 2010-10-20.
  2. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announced for the 31st Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved March 4, 2004.
  3. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announced for the 32nd Annual Daytime Emmy® Awards" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved March 2, 2005.
  4. "The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Announces Winners for the 31st Annual Daytime Creative Arts Emmy® Awards" (PDF). The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved May 15, 2004.
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