|Based on||Duck Dodgers in the 24½th Century|
by Charles M. Jones and Michael Maltese
|Developed by||Spike Brandt|
|Directed by||Spike Brandt|
|Theme music composer||Wayne Coyne|
|Opening theme||"Duck Dodgers", performed by Tom Jones and The Flaming Lips|
|Ending theme||"Duck Dodgers" (Instrumental)|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||39 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company||Warner Bros. Animation|
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original network||Cartoon Network|
|Original release||August 23, 2003 –|
November 11, 2005
|Preceded by||Baby Looney Tunes (2001-2006)|
|Followed by||Loonatics Unleashed (2005-2007)|
Duck Dodgers is an American animated television series, based on the 1953 theatrical cartoon short of the same name, produced by Warner Bros. Animation from 2003 to 2005. Duck Dodgers is a comic science fiction series, featuring the fictional Looney Tunes characters in metafictional roles, with the character Daffy Duck as the title character. It originally aired on Cartoon Network and Boomerang. Reruns of the show continued on Boomerang until March 1, 2010.
Though primarily based around the original Duck Dodgers short (which is set in roughly 2350 AD), the series also takes visual and thematic cues from other Looney Tunes shorts, with other Looney Tunes characters appearing in the series, albeit adapted to fit within the show's universe. For example, Yosemite Sam becomes "K'chutha Sa'am", a parody of Klingons in Star Trek, Elmer Fudd becomes "The Fudd", a parasitic mind-altering alien disease, (a combination of the Flood and the Borg), Wile E. Coyote was a Predator-like alien hunter. Also appearing in the show were Witch Hazel, Count Bloodcount, Goofy Gophers, Nasty Canasta, Taz, Rocky and Mugsy, the Crusher, "Shropshire Slasher", Michigan J. Frog, Ralph Phillips, Egghead Junior, and the unnamed evil scientist who owned Gossamer.
The show's theme song (arranged by the Flaming Lips) is sung by Tom Jones, in a style reminiscent of the theme from the James Bond film Thunderball. A caricature of Jones also appears in the second-season episode "Talent Show A Go-Go", singing his signature song, "It's Not Unusual". Dave Mustaine of the thrash metal band Megadeth was featured in the third-season episode "In Space, No One Can Hear You Rock", with the band performing the song "Back in the Day" from their 2004 album The System Has Failed.
Duck Dodgers was nominated in 2004 Annie Award for Outstanding Achievement in an Animated Television Production Produced For Children, Music in an Animated Television Production, Production Design in an Animated Television Production, and Voice Acting in an Animated Television Production. It won the Annie award in 2004, for Music in an Animated Television Production, music by Robert J. Kral. It was also nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Sound Editing – Live Action and Animation and Special Class Animated Program in 2004, and again in 2005. It later won for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program—Joe Alaskey. The series ended production in 2005 after its third season.
Main article: List of Duck Dodgers characters
Main article: List of Duck Dodgers episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||13||August 23, 2003||November 18, 2003|
|2||13||August 14, 2004||February 25, 2005|
|3||13||March 11, 2005||November 11, 2005|
Warner Home Video released Duck Dodgers – The Complete First Season: Dark Side of the Duck to DVD on February 19, 2013, Duck Dodgers – The Complete Second Season: Deep Space Duck on July 23, 2013, and Duck Dodgers - The Complete Third Season on January 28, 2020. Unlike the previous 2 seasons released on DVD the 3rd was released on a DVD-R.
|1||The Complete First Season: Dark Side of the Duck||13||February 19, 2013|
|2||The Complete Second Season: Deep Space Duck||July 23, 2013|
|3||The Complete Third Season||January 28, 2020|