Saturday, August 27, 2011

Remakes

It wasn't uncommon for cartoons from the "Golden Age" era to be remade, but this is probably one of the few times a cartoon was redone not once, but twice.

Friz Freleng directed His Bitter Half (1950), which showed Daffy Duck marrying a rich widow in order to get access to her wealth. Unfortunately Daffy has to deal with her overbearing nature and her pesky son.



12 years later Friz made another cartoon with a similar premise, Honey's Money (1962) this time with Yosemite Sam in Daffy's role, making this one of the two times that Sam was used without Bugs Bunny.



Few years later Friz was running an animation studio with business partner David H. DePatie. Even there he wasn't shy about reusing old ideas from his days at Warner's.

So it's no surprise that the story premise used in the above two cartoons showed up again. This time Rattfink filled Daffy and Yosemite's role, in A Taste of Money (1970). Veteran animator Art Davis directed this version.



The 2nd remake isn't great, but it does have a few interesting notes:

- Roland doesn't appear at all, the only one in the series where he's absent.
- No writer credited. Probably for a good reason in this case.
- Junior was actually voiced by a child actor (Peter Halton, who was 9-years old when this cartoon was released.)

2 comments:

J Lee said...

The last two shorts also crib the opening part of Friz's 1953 cartoon "Hare Trimmed", with the dialogue by Sam on what he plans to do with Granny's money.

Kevin Hobson said...

It's funny. I feel more sorry for Daffy's situation over Sam and Rattfink's. The wife was the same like the rest, but the son Daffy had to watch over was a brat; where Sam and Rattfink's kids were more innocent that felt wrong trying to get rid of them.

At least Daffy was smart enough to get away from having such a controlling wife and troublesome duckling.