Need a break from the relatives this afternoon? Take a breather with the Chuck Jones short Tom Turk and Daffy, which holds up amazingly well considering that it’s over 70 years old.
Porky and Daffy are, of course, voiced by Mel Blanc, while the turkey in hiding is handled by another venerable voice acting talent, Billy Bletcher, most famously known as the voice of Mickey Mouse antagonist Pete.
Credits on the short are sparse, which is a shame because everyone on the crew is operating at such an impeccable level of cartoon craft. The sparse but creatively designed snow landscapes are believed to have been done by either Art Heinemann or Bernyce Polifka, and it’s possible that both of them worked in tandem on the film, one as layout artist, the other as painter. Ken Harris is credited as the animator, but other likely animators include Bobe Cannon and Ben Washam. It’s also unclear who did the writing on the short, but we can likely credit either Michael Maltese or Tedd Pierce for the classic line, “The YAMS did it! The YAMS did it!”