I don't know if I liked the toned down Daffy, but I do sort of understand why they did it. Have you seen some of Tex Avery's cartoons with Daffy in them? (Tex being known for one of the most over the top animators of the Looney Toons gang.) I swear, if they'd been done in the 90's, even little kids would swear Daffy was a little too fond of the acid.

On the other hand, if they hadn't toned him down, we would never have had the oh-so-perfect Rabbit Season! Duck Season! skit. That required a stability and finesse the earlier Daffy simply did not possess.