#1 -- Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century


Title -
Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century
Director - Chuck Jones
Released - 1953

Reason for Placement --

For me, it really doesn't get much more perfect than Duck Dodgers; Jones gives us a brilliantly animated & hilarious voyage through space by everyone's favorite little black duck, Porky tagging along as his Eager Young Space Cadet, as the two go up against Marvin the Martian for claim over Planet X.

I don’t even know where to begin on why I love this cartoon so much; there’s the playful banter between Dodgers and the Cadet, the incredible background designs of Maurice Noble, the fun futuristic feel that really helped capture the awe left in wake of the Space Race… I could go on for hours.

Not only is the humor and style top-notch in this toon, but you also have to look at the legacy that Duck Dodgers has left behind. The short was voted #4 of the top 50 greatest cartoons by members of the animation field, nominated for a Hugo Award, later got a sequel (titled Duck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century) released in 1980, and an episode of Tiny Toon Adventures was made featuring Plucky as Daffy's new eager young space cadet. The short even inspired a TV show on Cartoon Network, featuring new adventures as Dodgers and the Cadet (aka, Daffy and Porky) faced off with Marvin the Martian.

This short was so popular with sci-fi fans that when George Lucas re-released Star Wars, he included Duck Dodgers as a preceding cartoon!

And with that, this countdown is hear by “Completed” in the name of… DUCK DODGERS OF THE 24½TH CENTURY!!!

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