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Skyscraper Caper is a 1968 Looney Tunes short directed by Alex Lovy.

Plot

One night, Daffy Duck sleepwalks out of his house. Speedy Gonzales notices Daffy and yells at him to wake up, but Daffy falls into a pond. Speedy tells Daffy he has sleepwalked and offers for five pesos to help Daffy to sleep normally. Speedy's job is to ring a bell whenever Daffy walks out of the bed, but wanting to get some sleep as well, Speedy rigs the bell on a string to the bed. This works on the first attempt, but the second time, Daffy gets up on the other side of the bed and sleepwalks around the bed and out the house again into the ACME construction site.

Speedy wakes up to find Daffy gone. He frantically rings the bell to wake him up, but can't find him in the house. He finds Daffy at the construction site and tries to ensure Daffy is safe. He covers up a pitfall using a metal bar. Eventually, an ice cream merchant rings a bell, waking Daffy as he falls off the edge of the structure. Speedy brings Daffy a noose and suggests that he pull himself up. After crawling out, he activates a jackhammer and falls off the edge again. He grabs the minute hand of a clock, making the clock to go haywire and bop the hour hand on his head before exploding. After ricocheting to a canopy, it breaks off, and he falls down a telephone line. Speedy manages to save Daffy with a wheelbarrow and walks him back home. After Daffy reawakens, he thinks he had the worst nightmare, but Speedy says otherwise.

Censorship

  • In NBC's The Daffy and Speedy Show and Nickelodeon's Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon, the scene of Speedy Gonzales saving Daffy from falling off an I-beam at a construction site with a lasso, only for the lasso to wrap around Daffy's neck like a noose was cut.[1] Though this has never aired on Cartoon Network's or Boomerang's American channels (mostly because of the networks' bans on Speedy Gonzales cartoons for racial stereotyping), Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels outside of America have aired this uncut (as evidenced by the video on this page). This scene also aired uncut on MeTV.

Notes

  • This is one of the few rare occasions that Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales are portrayed as friends instead of enemies. This short is also the only one where they are friends throughout the whole short, with no conflict to interfere with their friendship.
  • MeTV aired a previously unreleased restored print of this short on Saturday Morning Cartoons.

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References


Speedy Gonzales Cartoons
1953 Cat-Tails for Two
1955 Speedy Gonzales
1957 Tabasco RoadGonzales' Tamales
1958 Tortilla Flaps
1959 Mexicali ShmoesHere Today, Gone Tamale
1960 West of the Pesos
1961 Cannery WoeThe Pied Piper of Guadalupe
1962 Mexican Boarders
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili Weather
1964 A Message to GraciasNuts and VoltsPancho's HideawayRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild ChaseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffyChili Corn CornyGo Go Amigo
1966 The AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of Catnip
1967 Daffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta Fiasco
1968 Skyscraper CaperSee Ya Later Gladiator
1979 Fright Before Christmas
1980 The Chocolate Chase