Back in the day, one of the New York independent stations — WWOR to be exact — devoted a good portion of its Thanksgiving Day airtime to multiple airings of the original King Kong, Son of Kong and Mighty Joe Young, with a liberal seasoning of vintage Warner Brothers cartoons to round out the menu. So here’s some nostalgia to go with your stuffing, beginning with Tom Turk and Daffy, a 1944 Chuck Jones short featuring Daffy Duck and Porky Pig. Note that the cartoon is credited to “The Staff” rather than an individual writer. Note also that great Daffy line — “The yams did it! The yams did it! Those nasty yams!” — which may have been an early influence on Karen Finley.
Another great Daffy and Porky cartoon is My Favorite Duck (1942), from the early period when Daffy Duck was anarchy incarnate rather than the feathered version of Sylvester he became during the late Chuck Jones period. Porky’s attempts to overcome his epic stutter while singing “On Moonlight Bay” are great stuff.
Continuing our camping theme . . .
Wabbit Twouble (1941) is often dismissed as a weak item from Bob Clampett, but I think it’s a riot. On the other hand, everyone agrees that Clampett’s take on Daffy Duck defines the character:
That’s The Great Piggy Bank Robbery (1946), which has to rank among the Top Ten Warner Brothers cartoons.
That’s all well and good, you say, but what about King Kong? Here you go:
All right, that was “King Kong” from Uncle Meat as performed by the classic Frank Zappa/Mothers of Invention lineup, taken from a 1968 BBC broadcast. Man, do I love that gold-top Les Paul Zappa’s playing.
And now, the big sendoff:
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody. And a nod to Glenn Kenny for the inspiration.