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Labor Daze is the 26th episode (28th in Japan) of Kirby: Right Back at Ya!.
King Dedede decides to open a factory to manufacture goods while giving the workers free Dedede-branded merchandise in a rare gesture of generosity. People become obsessed about the whole scheme and merchandise and start working a lot more, heavily polluting Cappy Town and not knowing that they are actually creating parts for something more sinister than the merchandise they're obsessed about.
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King Dedede orders a kit from the N.M.E. Sales Guy so he can build his own monster, and he suggests that he should trick the Cappies into building his own monster, so King Dedede opens the DDD Factory.
He explains that upon working, there will be rewards such as TVs, vacuum cleaners, fans, etc., so everyone in town except for Professor Curio, Lady Like, Sir Ebrum, Meta Knight and Tiff started working. Tiff knows that it is just a scam, and she finds out the perfect way to convince Tuff, Kirby, and Fololo and Falala that it is just a trick.
Tiff comes to work with Tuff, Kirby, Fololo, and Falala, and convinces them that it's weird that everyone's working for Dedede, and they jump onto the assembly line. They see that King Dedede has tricked them into building a monster, and the Robot Ice Dragon attacks. Luckily, Kirby sucks up some icy wind and becomes Ice Kirby.
After transforming, Ice Kirby attempts to destroy the Ice Dragon Robot by freezing it, but it doesn't work. Later, though, Kirby uses his power against the factory's furnace, making it crack and later causing it to explode and set the entire room on fire, later causing the entire factory to explode and collapse.
After the factory explodes, Tiff, Tuff, Kirby and Professor Curio are outside checking some trees. Kirby picks a flower, and a bee stings him.
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- There are many references to the Charlie Chaplin classic film Modern Times, such as the machines that feed the workers, even having almost the same exact dishes as the movie, and Kirby getting stuck in the gears, as does the film's main character.
- In the original, upon seeing the environmental destruction caused by the factory, Tiff says it will be a "silent spring." This is a reference to the book Silent Spring, which documented the detrimental effects of pollution on the environment.
- This is one of the several episodes that have ecosystem preservation as a theme since this episode is about industrial pollution.
- Professor Curio is the only known Cappy to not enter the factory.