See Ya Later Gladiator (Looney Tunes)
See Ya Later Gladiator is a Looney Tunes short released in 1968 from Warner Bros.-Seven Arts. This short is widely considered by both fans and critics alike as the worst cartoon short ever made by Warner Bros.
In this short, Daffy Duck is annoyed of Speedy Gonzales' music so he attempts to send him to Ancient Rome, to unexpected results.
Why It Sucks
- Very poor animation, with a notable error where when Daffy looks out a window, the same background is used twice even though the second time that background is used, Daffy is at his own house when looking out the lab window.
- As with the other shorts from the DePatie-Freleng and Seven Arts era, Daffy is now miscast as an evil antagonist due to very bad flanderization. In this short, he tries to send Speedy back in time just because of his "corny music". Yes, the writers couldn't come up of a better reason for Daffy to be going after Speedy other than Speedy's band. Worse, the previous two Daffy/Speedy shorts ("Fiesta Fiasco" and "Skyscraper Caper") at least tried to dial back Daffy's evil traits, but here, they were restored, and are much worse.
- Speaking of "corny music", the music itself sounds like stock music and doesn't fit in Looney Tunes. This is due to William Lava being forced to work a small orchestra.
- The cartoon also opens with an awful, off-key version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down", which fortunately was only used on one more cartoon ("3-Ring Wing-Ding") before the series went back to the version that had been introduced at the start of the Seven Arts era which is slightly better but still rather oddball.
- Cringeworthy and cheesy dialogue, such as "You broke my fiddle; now I'm gonna break your neck."
- Obnoxious use of Hanna-Barbera sound effects.
- The short is a large waste of potential. Previously, a 1955 Bugs Bunny/Yosemite Sam short of the same concept called "Roman Legion-Hare" did the Ancient Rome theme a lot better, with an alarm clock trap set by Bugs Bunny and with the lions actually mauling Yosemite Sam. In this short, director Alex Lovy limited the jokes to just the lion eating a chili pepper and exploding fireworks out of its mouth. There is almost no slapstick in this short at all as well, which is unacceptable for a series like Looney Tunes that often utilizes the use of slapstick.
- Speaking of which, it might be possible that this short is a rip-off the aforementioned short, minus all the great comedic timing from that short.
- The pacing is extremely slow for a series that is normally fast-paced on the jokes, which completely kills the series' comedic timing.
- Very off-model art designs, with Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales being the worst offenders for this.
- Nonsensical ending where Nero is brought to the 20th century, and then everyone acts as though he's trapped there, with no one explaining why they can't just use the time machine to send him back to ancient Rome.
- It ended Daffy's and Speedy's career in the Golden Age on a poor note, and also ends the run of the classic characters abysmally.
- Mel Blanc does a good job voicing the characters, as always.
- Speedy Gonzales is still a likable character, as with the other Speedy Gonzales shorts.
- This is notably the last cartoon which Daffy is miscast as an evil villain - Daffy has massively redeemed himself after the Seven-Arts era ended.
- The scene with the "Don't Walk" sign while Nero chases Daffy and Speedy, while not nearly as funny as is standard for Looney Tunes, was mildly amusing.