See Ya Later Gladiator
Studio: Warner Brothers Release Date : June 29, 1968 Series: Looney Tunes
  1. General Info

Cumulative rating:       (2 ratings submitted)

Synopsis

Daffy Duck is assigned to clean an inventor’s time machine. Unfortunately for him, Speedy Gonzales is playing music right outside his office, so he tries to send the mouse back to Rome, 65 AD. However, they both are accidentally sent back in time. When the two are nearly hit by a Roman gladiator’s horse and carriage, Daffy calls him a “fathead.” Enraged, he throws the duck and the mouse into the Roman Colosseum, where lions try to attack them. They successfully escape, but end up landing on Nero and breaking his fiddle. The three make it back to the present, and Nero joins Speedy's band.

Characters

Daffy Duck
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)
Speedy Gonzales
(Voice: Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc)

Credits

Director

Alex Lovy

Animator

Ted Bonnicksen
Laverne "Verne" Harding
Volus Jones
Ed Solomon

Story

Cal Howard

Music

William "Bill" Lava

Backgrounds

Bob Abrams

Voices

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc

Layout

Robert "Bob" Givens

Producer

William L. "Bill" Hendricks

Film Editor

Hal Geer

Distributor(s)

Warner Brothers

Bloopers

Near the end, when Daffy walks out bed toward his window, the background suddenly changes from his bedroom to the laboratory.

Milestones

Final Golden Age era Daffy Duck and Speedy Gonzales cartoon.
This was also the final Golden Age Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoon to feature the original Termite Terrace cast. All future cartoons would star new characters such as Cool Cat or Bunny and Claude.

Television

The Merrie Melodies Show (Season 1, Episode 11)

Video Information

Technical Specifications

Animation Type: Standard (Hand-drawn-Cel) Animation
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Color Type: Technicolor
Sound Type: Mono
Print Type: 35mm
Negative Type: 35mm
Cinematographic Format: Spherical
Original Language: English
Original Countrie: United States

Reviews and Comments

From DVDLooney :

In response to PopKorn Kat's comment, I do agree that See Ya later, Gladiator was pretty bad. The character designs were bad, the animation was sloppy, and the music was bad. If you compare this, or any of Alex Lovy's Daffy/Speedies, to, say, a classic Freleng Speedy or even a 1965-67 McKimson Daffy/Speedy, there is a marked difference. Needless to say, however, I think that all of the "Daffy & Speedy" cartoons up until 1967 were decent.
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From PopKorn Kat :

So...what are my thoughts on what is commonly considered the worst Warner Bros. cartoon of all time? It's pretty bad. I'm not a fan of the "Daffy & Speedy" cartoons at all. They occasionally have humorous ideas, and the voice acting is still good, but their flaws far outweigh the positive factors. Daffy Duck's anger from the 1950s shorts is turned up to eleven, with him hating Speedy's mere existence. The plot had potential: while trying to get rid of Speedy Gonzales by sending him back in time to 65 AD-era Rome, Daffy Duck accidentally sends himself back in time as well. Daffy calls a driving gladiator a "fathead" and he and the mouse are tossed in the Colosseum to be toys for the lions. Unfortunately, what could have been funny 10 or even 20 years ago is now drained of any last drop of joy, thus leaving a lifeless corpse which staggers across the screen. The execution of any gags, even ones that could have been funny on paper, is exceptionally lackluster, even for these shorts. I didn't laugh once. The only time I genuinely cracked a smile was at the beginning, when Daffy bats the chain on the time machine despite being told not to. Not recommended unless you're a Looney Tunes completionist. 1/10.
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History

11/26/2012

  • Credits added by eutychus

3/25/2017

  • Milestones added by TibbyH

9/3/2017

  • Credits added by TibbyH
  • Milestones added by TibbyH

9/3/2017

  • Synopsis added by PopKorn Kat

9/4/2017

  • Comments added
  • PopKorn Kat

11/20/2017

  • Comments added
  • DVDLooney

11/25/2017

  • Bloopers added by ToonStar95

12/27/2017

  • Television info added by ToonStar95

Sources

Alex Lovy: Director
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Cal Howard: Story
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Ted Bonnicksen: Animator
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Laverne "Verne" Harding: Animator
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Volus Jones: Animator
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Ed Solomon: Animator
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Robert "Bob" Givens: Layout
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Bob Abrams: Backgrounds
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Hal Geer: Film Editor
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

Melvin Jerome "Mel" Blanc: Voices
  • Unverified

William "Bill" Lava: Music
  • Verified by "Looney Tunes and Merry Melodies" by Jerry Beck and Will Friedwald

William L. "Bill" Hendricks: Producer
  • Verified by onscreen credits (not always reliable)