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Taming of the Screwball, The

Synopsis
Cartoon. Daffy Duck hosts a television show called ‘The Mysterious Phenomena of the Unexplained’. Daffy and Porky plot to pocket the investment money by doing a bad play (cf ‘The Producers’). They decide to cast the Tazmanian Devil (Taz) to perform Hamlet. He starts speaking ‘to be or not to be’ and gets pelted. Daffy says ‘Shakespeare must be turning in his grave’ and we then see Shakespeare in his grave, turning. Leaving his grave he goes to the theatre where he casts a spell on Taz which makes him speak well (as Juliet, speaking the’what’s in a name’ line.). Daffy then gets out his magic book and casts a spell on Taz who speaks lines from Hamlet and Romeo and Juliet. Shakespeare then casts a spell on Daffy who, dressed as Juliet, says ‘good night sweet prince, parting is such sweet sorrow’. A newspaper headline reads ‘Hollywood Goes Silly for Willy’.
Series
Looney Tunes: Stranger Than Fiction
Language
English
Country
United States
Medium
Film
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Year of release
2003
Duration
5 mins

Credits

Director
Steve Belfer
Writer
Gregor Joackim
Cast
Jim CummingsTazmanian Devil (Hamlet)
Joe AlaskeyDaffy Duck (Juliet)
Bob BergenPorky Pig

Additional Details

Production type
Animation
Plays
Hamlet; Romeo and Juliet
Keywords
animals; Hollywood; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

Notes
Available for download on the web at http://www.miniclip.com/toons/taming-of-the-screwball/en/ (accessed 4/2007). Available on DVD from amazon.com in the compilation LOONEY TUNES: STRANGER THAN FICTION, 68 mins.
General
Despite the title the cartoon has nothing to do with The Taming of the Shrew.

Production Company

Name

Warner Bros Pictures

Related

Name

amazon.com

Web
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