That's exactly what I was doing on Thursday evening, December 11, 2014 - introducing Daffy Duck.
I've mentioned the "Horror and Sci-Fi Film Appreciation Society", hosted by Keith Crocker, that I attend on Thursday nights. We watch actual film prints or DVD versions of related films, introduced by Keith, and later commented upon by the members. This past week we wrapped up a "dinosaur-centric" series that had featured the following:
"Unknown Island" (1948)
"The Land Unknown" (1957)
And the ultra-classic "King Kong" (1933), which prominently featured dinosaurs.
With the final entry in the series to be "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster" (1971), I suggested -- and Keith was open to including -- an all-time favorite short cartoon of mine, "Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur" (1939).
So, I brought my DVD copy of "Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur", and introduced the cartoon as follows:
“Daffy Duck and the Dinosaur” (1939)
This is a very early effort by the great cartoon director Chuck Jones, who will later guide Daffy through some of his best and most well-known cartoons.
The Duck Season / Rabbit Season Trilogy, “Duck Dodgers in the 24 th and a Half Century” with Porky Pig as his eager young space cadet, and “Duck Amuck” where Daffy is at the mercy of an unseen animator who controls every facet of Daffy’s existence.
It’s also an early outing for DAFFY too. It is the SIXTH of about 130 Daffy Duck theatrical appearances (counting his own cartoons and those that were part of the Bugs Bunny series) and is a very different Daffy than the one you may be used to.
He's still in a prototypical design, has a higher-pitched and more frenetic voice, and is pursued by a prissy caveman hunter and his dinosaur. The caveman is voiced like Jack Benny - but is not drawn to resemble him. It also has one of my most favorite endings in all of cartoons.
Mel Blanc, as he always has, voices Daffy -- and an actor named Jack Lescoulie does the Jack Benny caveman.
You will enjoy this one!
And, enjoy it they did. Unanimously. And, I daresay, more so than "Godzilla vs. the Smog Monster". (...Maybe if Raymond Burr was on hand, it might have helped things!)
The expected "good time was had by all", except Daffy, the Dinosaur, and the Jack Benny Caveman - who [SPOILER ALERT] all end up dead!
"Ya know, maybe that wasn't such a HOT IDEA, after all!"
"Good Night, folks!"