Monday, March 19, 2012

Plucky Duck

Plucky Allen Duck is a cartoon character from the Warner Bros. animated television series Tiny Toon Adventures. He is also the titular character in Gary A. Lewis's Plucky Duck in the Summer Job. He is arguably the third main character on the show after Buster and Babs. Plucky is voiced by Joe Alaskey (who also voices Daffy Duck). Plucky is a young, green male duck with a tank top. He attends Acme Looniversity and lives in Acme Acres.

Plucky's mentor and favorite teacher is Daffy Duck, and resembles the Chuck Jones characterization of Daffy in many ways, but not entirely. One such similarity Plucky has with Daffy is the classic gag from the "hunter trilogy." In the trilogy Daffy's bill keeps coming off; in Tiny Toon Adventures, Plucky's bill keeps coming off as a running gag in the episodes.

Plucky, a young duck at age 12, is portrayed on the series as a greedy, egotistical, and a hyper-active young duck, who would often engage in various schemes with the goal of either personal glory or satisfying some personal whim. These schemes ranged from inventing a time machine, to delay doing his own homework, to traveling to Hollywood, California in an ill-fated attempt at selling his life story as a movie. His schemes often failed because his ego personality traits get in the way or because a guilty conscience got the better of him (as was the case when he attempted to cheat on a test and subsequently went insane as he brooded over the morality of his actions). Babs once aptly described him as "the silly green duck with an ego the size of Cleveland."

Similar to Daffy's relationship with Bugs Bunny, Plucky also sometimes found himself at odds with the two main stars of Tiny Toon Adventures, Buster and Babs Bunny, though the three managed to remain friends (the rabbits were generally indifferent to Plucky's egotistic personality when not using it to their advantage) and Plucky occasionally displays a sense of loyalty to them. Ironically, even though Plucky would gripe about how he deserved to have as much or more air-time on the show than Buster and Babs, a massive chunk of the series' episodes usually revolved around him in some manner. Buster and Babs often react to Plucky's behavior by setting him up in scenes of extreme pain and embaressment.

Plucky's best friend is Hamton J. Pig, a mild-mannered pig and Plucky's opposite, much as Porky Pig is the opposite of Daffy. Plucky often takes advantage of Hampton. Plucky's romantic interest is Shirley the Loon, Who has little paitence for Plucky and often attacks him with psychic powers.

Plucky's biggest enemy is Montana Max and like Buster and Babs, Plucky usually successfully manages to best the bratty billionaire.

Plucky has a strong love for nature and detests pollution, hence why he turns into the Toxic Revenger

In a somewhat ironic twist, considering he's a waterfowl, Plucky's got a very weak stomach for boats and gets seasick very easily, even leading to him loudly barfing on "No Toon is an Island"

Despite his selfish nature, Plucky does genuinely care for his friends particulary Hamton.

Some episodes featured Plucky, a comic book enthusiast, parodying various heroic characters, much like Daffy's roles of Duck Dodgers and The Scarlet Pumpernickel. These included The Toxic Revenger (See below), James T. Duck (a parody of Captain Kirk in Star Trek), Bat-Duck (a parody of Batman Returns, with Hamton in Robin's red-and-green as "Decoy, the Pig Hostage"), and Pluck Hyerdahl of the Kon-Ducki (in a parody of Thor Heyerdahl and the Kon-Tiki).

Of interesting note, in the credits to the episode featuring Elmyra's version of The Name Game the line appears "Name inadvertently left out of The Name Game: Plucky". Of course, Plucky was intentionally left out of The Name Game because if the song was sung with his name, it includes an expletive.

Plucky occasionally signs off with the Romeo and Juliet line, "Parting is such sweet sorrow!" Plucky is also shown at age 2 in baby Plucky shorts.

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