|Merrie Melodies (Daffy Duck, Porky Pig) series|
The title card of Golden Yeggs.
|Directed by||I. Freleng|
|Story by||Tedd Pierce|
|Music by||Carl Stalling|
|Layouts by||Hawley Pratt|
|Backgrounds by||Paul Julian|
Warner Bros. Pictures|
The Vitaphone Corporation
|Release date(s)||August 5, 1950 (USA)|
|Running time||6' 51"|
Golden Yeggs is a 1950 Merrie Melodies short animated film, released on August 5, 1950 by Warner Bros. Cartoons, Inc. and directed by Friz Freleng. It features Daffy Duck and Porky Pig in a forerunner of the Rocky and Mugsy cartoons, with Rocky already in his present-day form.
The story was written by Tedd Pierce and animated by Arthur Davis, Gerry Chiniquy, Ken Champin, Virgil Ross and Emery Hawkins. Paul Julian painted the backgrounds and Hawley Pratt designed the layouts. Mel Blanc provided the voices (except for a goose, voiced by Stan Freberg) and Carl Stalling the music.
"Yegg" is a slang term for a burglar or safecracker. The same play-on-words was used in the title of the 1947 Bugs Bunny cartoon, Easter Yeggs. This cartoon also appeared in the magazine Time Inc. (owned by Time Warner), which would later spun off in June 6, 2014.
When Porky finds a golden egg in his henhouse, it was revealed that one of the geese laid it. But, knowing well about what happened to the goose that laid the golden egg (a reference to Aesop's Fables), the goose tells Porky that Daffy laid it. After finding out about the fame Daffy got for laying the egg, Rocky and his gang hustle him back to their den and demand more output. Daffy tries to stall for time, at one point asking for surroundings that would make him more comfortable. Rocky and his henchmen oblige, but then demand the egg.
Daffy tries to stall for time, but is given five minutes to lay his egg or else. The duck tries various ways to escape his predicament, but is stopped at every turn. When time runs out, the gangsters stalk Daffy...only to find he really has laid a golden egg.
Daffy is relieved that he met Rocky's demand and will be allowed to go free...until Rocky escorts the duck into a room containing dozens of egg crates and orders him to lay enough to fill them, much to Daffy's despair.
The second half of the picture was used in The Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie, along with new bridging animation of Elegant Mess asking Daffy (who is being carried out of Rocky's hideout by paramedics) if he needs anything. The duck, who has filled all the cartons, with gold eggs, tiredly requests the services of a proctologist.