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Duck Amuck

1953 film by Chuck Jones

Duck Amuck is a 1953 American surreal animated cartoon directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons. The short film was released in early 1953 by The Vitaphone Corporation, the short subject division of Warner Bros., as part of the Merrie Melodies series. It stars Daffy Duck, who is tormented by a seemingly sadistic, initially unseen animator, who constantly changes Daffy's locations, clothing, voice, physical appearance and even shape, much to Daffy's aggravation and rage. Pandemonium reigns throughout the cartoon as Daffy attempts to steer the action back to some kind of normality, only for the animator to either ignore him or, more frequently, to over-literally interpret his increasingly frantic demands. In the end, the tormenting animator is revealed to be Bugs Bunny.


Daffy Duck: [sarcastically] Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.
[last lines]
Daffy Duck: [after his parachute is turned into an anvil and he crashes to the ground, he is beating on the anvil with a hammer and babbling a passage from The Village Smithy by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow] "Under a spreading chestnut-tree, The village smithy stands; The smith, a mighta-ty man is he, With strong and sinewy..."
[While he is singing, the anvil is erased and is replaced with an explosive shell pointing straight up. After a few more hits, the bomb explodes]
Daffy Duck: ...H-Hands... [shakes himself off] All right. Enough is enough. This is the final, the - the very, very last straw! Who's responsible for this? This... I demand that you show yourself! Who are you? Huh...!
[As he's venting, a doorway with an open door is drawn around him, then the door is pushed closed by the eraser. The camera then pans from the scene into an animation studio. The animator is revealed to be Bugs Bunny himself!]
Bugs Bunny: [chuckles] Ain't I a stinker?

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