At a time when Warner Bros. didn’t have their own animation facilities (having long since shut them down), they typically contracted outside studios mostly run by former employees to produce cartoons for them. However, there was one rare instance where they loaned out their Looney Tunes characters to another studio for their own production.
Filmation was that studio, and
that production was one of their offerings for The
ABC Saturday Superstar Movie: Daffy Duck and Porky Pig Meet the
Groovie Goolies, with the Looney Tunes crossing over with the titular
Goolies. The hour-long special saw Daffy Duck (Mel Blanc) in Hollywood
producing a movie about King
Arthur starring himself when a ghoulish being identified as The Phantom (Larry Storch) threatened to destroy
every production Daffy worked on. Frankie Frankenstein (Howard Morris), a big fan of
Daffy’s, decided to go to Hollywood to help along with the other residents of
Horrible Hall. Naturally, the Looney Tunes coming face-to-face with the
monstrous Goolies did not go smoothly at first, but after the dust settled
production was back underway with the Goolies helping out. Unfortunately, The
Phantom, disguised as Hauntleroy (Morris), made off with the film into “Mad
Mirror Land”, where a live-action chase ensued; partially utilizing the stop-motion
pixilation technique writers Len
Janson and Chuck Menville
had used on short films
previously (home video releases would edit this sequence out, but they would be
repurposed as the Goolie short “The Haunted Heist”).
Along with Daffy, Blanc voiced Porky Pig, Elmer Fudd, Yosemite Sam, Sylvester, Tweety, Wile E. Coyote, Pepe Le Pew and Foghorn Leghorn, while Jane Webb (as Joanne Louise) voiced Petunia Pig in her first appearance since the 1930s. Blanc famously hated the experience working on this short, particularly with how they incorrectly pitched Daffy, Tweety and Elmer making them sound off. This was the first and only time he ever worked for Filmation, spending the majority of his career between Warners and Hanna-Barbera.