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Speedy Ghost to Town is a 1967 Merrie Melodies short directed by Alex Lovy.

Plot

Speedy Gonzales and his friend Miguel visit a ghost town in the desert, and are followed by Daffy Duck, who wants to see what they're doing. Inside a saloon, Miguel fears that they'll starve and be unable to leave, but Speedy says otherwise by stating that there is an old mine in which they can dwell. Daffy thinks that the mine will have gold in it, and attempts to snatch the map out of Speedy's hands. However, the window falls down on Daffy. Daffy attempts to find Speedy, but Speedy ties a piano roll onto Daffy's tail, and he and Miguel operate the piano to trap Daffy.

Daffy tries setting up a phone with explosives. Speedy answers it when it rings, but quickly hands it to Daffy, saying that the call is for him. Speedy activates the plunger, blowing up Daffy. "What's the matter, you loco pato? You got the wrong number?" He takes off and hides in a barrel. Daffy tries to blow up the barrel with a grenade, but only drops the pin instead of the grenade.

Daffy sticks his head through a hole in the fence, catching Speedy by the tail, but Miguel drops a horseshoe on him. Daffy continues pursing Speedy, only ending up having a bull head fall on him and Speedy acting as a matador, and Speedy hiding behind different-shaped bottles before Speedy hides in a ketchup bottle. Speedy escapes as Daffy is searching and squirts ketchup onto Daffy. Speedy and Miguel head to the mine, where Daffy tries to throw dynamite in until a minecart with dynamite is sent out to Daffy to blow him up.

Daffy demands that Speedy give up the cart, which he does. However, it is not gold, but cheese. "Sure it's cheese, you Daffy Duck. What do you think we keep in there, gold?" Daffy then snaps, bouncing away while still yelling, "It's cheese! Cheese!" When Miguel asks what the matter is, a confused Speedy shrugs, "I guess maybe he don't like cheese."

Goofs

  • When Speedy activates the plunger to the explosive telephone, once the smoke clears the phone and bomb set disappears, instead of appearing damaged, Daffy appears to be unharmed.

Notes

  • It is the first cartoon released under the newly reopened Warner Bros. animation department; all of the previous Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons from 1964 to 1967 were developed by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises and Format Films.
    • However it still uses the Abstract WB openings and closings from 1964-1967.
  • Due to budget cuts made after the transition, there is a notable decrease in size of the orchestra, resulting in William Lava's music scores to sound notably lighter.
    • Also, subsequent cartoons produced in the late-1960s feature extensive use of Hanna-Barbera sound effects. This could be due to Hanna-Barbera film editor Donald A. Douglas working on the film editing of the shorts of this era alongside Hal Geer.
  • This is the first Merrie Melodies cartoon to be directed by Alex Lovy, who would direct all Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts after this cartoon until "Chimp & Zee" in 1968.
  • MeTV aired a previously unreleased restored print of this short on Saturday Morning Cartoons.
    • However, even though the cartoon's original ending has the "A VITAPHONE RELEASE" byline, this restored version incorrectly has the "A VITAGRAPH RELEASE" byline instead.
  • It was originally released in theaters with Up the Down Staircase.

Gallery

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
Daffy Duck Cartoons
1937 Porky's Duck Hunt
1938 Daffy Duck & EggheadWhat Price PorkyPorky & DaffyThe Daffy DocDaffy Duck in Hollywood
1939 Daffy Duck and the DinosaurScalp TroubleWise QuacksNaughty Neighbors
1940 Porky's Last StandYou Ought to Be in Pictures
1941 A Coy DecoyThe Henpecked Duck
1942 Conrad the SailorDaffy's Southern ExposureThe Impatient PatientThe Daffy DuckarooMy Favorite Duck
1943 To Duck .... or Not to DuckThe Wise Quacking DuckYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatScrap Happy DaffyA Corny ConcertoDaffy - The Commando
1944 Tom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyPlane DaffyThe Stupid Cupid
1945 Draftee DaffyAin't That DuckyNasty Quacks
1946 Book RevueBaby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesHollywood DaffyThe Great Piggy Bank Robbery
1947 Birth of a NotionAlong Came DaffyA Pest in the HouseMexican Joyride
1948 What Makes Daffy DuckDaffy Duck Slept HereThe Up-Standing SitterYou Were Never DuckierDaffy DillyThe Stupor SalesmanRiff Raffy Daffy
1949 Wise QuackersHoliday for DrumsticksDaffy Duck Hunt
1950 Boobs in the WoodsThe Scarlet PumpernickelHis Bitter HalfGolden YeggsThe Ducksters
1951 Rabbit FireDrip-Along DaffyThe Prize Pest
1952 Thumb FunCracked QuackRabbit SeasoningThe Super SnooperFool Coverage
1953 Duck AmuckMuscle TussleDuck Dodgers in the 24½th CenturyDuck! Rabbit, Duck!
1954 Design for LeavingQuack ShotMy Little Duckaroo
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareStork NakedThis Is a Life?Dime to Retire
1956 The High and the FlightyRocket SquadStupor DuckA Star Is BoredDeduce, You Say
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBoston QuackieDucking the DevilShow Biz Bugs
1958 Don't Axe MeRobin Hood Daffy
1959 China JonesPeople Are BunnyApes of Wrath
1960 Person to Bunny
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitDaffy's Inn Trouble
1962 Quackodile TearsGood Noose
1963 Fast Buck DuckThe Million HareAqua Duck
1964 The Iceman Ducketh
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffySuppressed DuckCorn on the CopTease for TwoChili 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
1980 The Yolks on YouThe Chocolate ChaseDaffy Flies NorthDuck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
1987 The Duxorcist
1988 The Night of the Living Duck
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 (Blooper) Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1996 Superior Duck
2003 Attack of the Drones
2004 Daffy Duck for President
2012 Daffy's Rhapsody
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