1. General Info

Cumulative rating:       (2 ratings submitted)

Synopsis


Daffy Duck is assigned to clean an inventor’s time machine. Unfortunately for him, Speedy Gonzales is playing music right outside his office, so he tries to send the mouse back to Rome, 65 AD. However, they both are accidentally sent back in time. When the two are nearly hit by a Roman gladiator’s horse and carriage, Daffy calls him a “fathead.” Enraged, he throws the duck and the mouse into the Roman Colosseum, where lions try to attack them. They successfully escape, but end up landing on Nero and breaking his fiddle. The three make it back to the present, and Nero joins Speedy's band.

Notes

Milestones

Final Golden Age era Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales cartoon.
This was also the final Golden Age Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon to feature the original Termite Terrace cast. All future cartoons would star new characters such as Cool Cat or Bunny and Claude.

Bloopers

Near the end, when Daffy walks out bed toward his window, the background suddenly changes from his bedroom to the laboratory.

Distributor(s)

Warner Brothers

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Type: Spherical
Original Language: English

Reviews and Comments

From PopKorn Kat :

So...what are my thoughts on what is commonly considered the worst Warner Bros. cartoon of all time? It's pretty bad. I'm not a fan of the "Daffy & Speedy" cartoons at all. They occasionally have humorous ideas, and the voice acting is still good, but their flaws far outweigh the positive factors. Daffy Duck's anger from the 1950s shorts is turned up to eleven, with him hating Speedy's mere existence. The plot had potential: while trying to get rid of Speedy Gonzales by sending him back in time to 65 AD-era Rome, Daffy Duck accidentally sends himself back in time as well. Daffy calls a driving gladiator a "fathead" and he and the mouse are tossed in the Colosseum to be toys for the lions. Unfortunately, what could have been funny 10 or even 20 years ago is now drained of any last drop of joy, thus leaving a lifeless corpse which staggers across the screen. The execution of any gags, even ones that could have been funny on paper, is exceptionally lackluster, even for these shorts. I didn't laugh once. The only time I genuinely cracked a smile was at the beginning, when Daffy bats the chain on the time machine despite being told not to. Not recommended unless you're a Looney Tunes completionist. 1/10.

From DVDLooney :

In response to PopKorn Kat's comment, I do agree that See Ya later, Gladiator was pretty bad. The character designs were bad, the animation was sloppy, and the music was bad. If you compare this, or any of Alex Lovy's Daffy/Speedies, to, say, a classic Freleng Speedy or even a 1965-67 McKimson Daffy/Speedy, there is a marked difference. Needless to say, however, I think that all of the "Daffy & Speedy" cartoons up until 1967 were decent.





History

11/26/2012

  • Credits added by eutychus

3/25/2017

  • Milestones added by TibbyH

9/3/2017

  • Credits added by TibbyH
  • Milestones added by TibbyH

9/3/2017

  • Synopsis added by PopKorn Kat

9/4/2017

    11/20/2017

      Sources

      Alex Lovy: Director
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Cal Howard: Story
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Ted Bonnicksen: Animator
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Laverne "Verne" Harding: Animator
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Volus Jones: Animator
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Ed Solomon: Animator
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Robert "Bob" Givens: Layout
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Bob Abrams: Backgrounds
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Hal Geer: Film Editor
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc: Voices
      • Unverified

      William "Bill" Lava: Music
      • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

      William L. "Bill" Hendricks: Producer
      • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)