Stupor Duck

Stupor Duck
Looney Tunes (Daffy Duck) series

Lobby card
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Daws Butler
Music by Carl Stalling
Animation by Ted Bonnicksen
Keith Darling
Russ Dyson
George Grandpré
Harry Love (special animation effects)
Layouts by Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds by Richard H. Thomas
Distributed by Warner Bros.
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) July 7, 1956 (USA)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 min (one reel)
Language English

Stupor Duck is a Looney Tunes animated short starring Daffy Duck. A Superman parody directed by Robert McKimson, the cartoon was released July 7, 1956. The voices were performed by Mel Blanc and Daws Butler; Butler who voiced the narrator and the newspaper editor was uncredited.


Daffy Duck is cast as Stupor Duck and his alter ego, Cluck Trent. The cartoon begins as a parody of the opening to The Adventures of Superman, which-after introducing Stupor Duck as a "Strange being from another planet"-shows Stupor Duck being:

After the parodied introduction, the film proceeds to the story:

Mild-mannered newspaper reporter Cluck Trent, taking a break from writing, overhears a conversation coming from his editor's office. The one-sided conversation is from a villain on a "corny soap opera" the editor is watching on TV. The unseen soap's villain calls himself "Aardvark Ratnik," a Russian-accented terrorist bent on world domination. Ratnik supposedly threatens widespread destruction (though his demands are never heard); his first line, after a maniacal laugh, is "You cannot stop me, Mr. Newspaper Editor!", which leads Cluck to the erroneous conclusion that Ratnik actually exists, his threats are serious, and that stopping him is a job for Stupor Duck. Cluck runs to the broom closet to change into his alter-ego (after an errant change into a witch's costume, and then a minor adjustment to Stupor Duck's shoulder pads) and begins his search for the non-existent antagonist.

One by one, Stupor Duck spots "examples" of "Aardvark's" supposed work and, before tackling each one, bellowing his battle cry, "THIS is a job for STU-U-U-POR Duck!". His search includes:

As the rocket hurtles skyward, two rock climbers see it and shout "Up there in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's STU-U-UPOR Duck!" The final shot is of Daffy screaming, still clinging to the rocket for dear life at it streaks the moon.



Preceded by
Rocket Squad
List of Daffy Duck cartoons
Succeeded by
A Star Is Bored
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