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An obvious parody of Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, this 1953 Chuck Jones short featured Daffy Duck as the eponymous Duck Dodgers, a cocky, spectacularly inept space hero who, with the help of an Eager Young Space Cadet played by Porky Pig, battles Marvin the Martian for control of Planet X, only known location of "Illudium Phosdex", the shaving cream atom.

Also an obvious send-up of the Cold War, with Earth representing the United States and Mars the Soviet Union. The escalation of their conflict is a perfect illustration of the doctrine of Mutual Assured Destruction.

The popularity of this short led to a number of subsequent Duck Dodgers adventures, including a Duck Dodgers cartoon series fifty years later.

This short is also No. 4 on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list.


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