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[[caption-width-right:300:Daffy feels [[{{Pun}} crushed]] by his situation.]]

''Duck Amuck'' is an incredibly [[PostModernism postmodern]] ''[[WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes Merrie Melodies]]'' short directed by Creator/ChuckJones in [[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1953]], in which DaffyDuck finds himself [[RageAgainstTheAuthor tormented by a sadistic animator]]. Seen as a large pencil or paintbrush coming into frame to make alterations, the animator screws around with the backgrounds, erases Daffy, paints him absurd colors, replaces his voice with random sound effects, redraws him as a bizarre four-legged creature, and so forth.

The short was an audacious experiment to see that animation could create recognizable characters; would Daffy still be Daffy if every part of him, appearance, environment, voice, were taken away -- which has since come to be regarded as one of the all-time great cartoon shorts. It made second place on ''The50GreatestCartoons'', behind only Jones' own ''WhatsOperaDoc''. A couple years later Jones would direct a somewhat less successful spiritual sequel in ''RabbitRampage'', this time with BugsBunny as the victim.

->'''Bugs:''' ''(after the animator removes his tail)'' All right, you vandal, put that tail back! ''(the animator paints a horse's tail on Bugs)'' That is a horse's tail, my friend. ''(seething)'' It belongs on a ''horse''. ''(the animator erases Bugs save for the tail, and paints him as a horse. Bugs is not amused, munching on a carrot)'' Look (eats a carrot), my contract clearly states that I am always to be drawn as a '''''rabbit!'''''

''Duck Amuck'' was the basis of a Nintendo DS game of the same name, while the SNES game ''Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage'' is based off of Bugs' cartoon.

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!Duck Amuck provides examples of:

* AnvilOnHead: Daffy's parachute is erased by the animator and replaced with an anvil, with predictable results.
* ArtShift: At one point Daffy asks for scenery, and the animator obliges by penciling an [[StylisticSuck extremely crude town with stick drawings]].
* AuthorCatchphrase: A variation. Daffy's line "Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin," is an expression stolen from WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes animator/director BobMcKimson.
* AuthorPowers: Although Daffy continues to exercise his free will, the animator has godlike powers over the environment, backgrounds, sounds, and even Daffy's body.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits / FakeOutOpening: The opening titles and first few seconds of action (borrowing fonts and music from Jones' earlier BugsBunny short ''Rabbit Hood'') suggest a rather conventional, "Daffy as swashbuckling would-be hero" cartoon to follow, like "WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel". Then Daffy jousts stage left, the background disappears into whiteness, and the cartoon goes completely crazy.
* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor
-->''(A pencil quickly draws a sketch of a crude cityscape)''\\
'''Daffy''': (sarcastically) That's dandy. Ho-ho, that's rich, I say. ''(to artist)'' Now how about some color, stupid?!\\
''(Daffy's head is painted bright blue...)''\\
'''Daffy''': Hey!\\
''(...followed by the rest of him painted a myriad of colors.)''\\
'''Daffy''': Not ''me'', you slop-artist!
** In ''Rabbit Rampage'', after the animator removes Bugs' ears.
--->'''Bugs:''' ''(pointing at his head)'' ...Ears.\\
''(The animator draws large human ears on Bugs.)''\\
'''Bugs:''' Not ''human'' ears, my friend. ''Rabbit'' ears, '''''long ones'''''.\\
''(The animator naturally draws Bugs with ears so long he could use them to rappel down the side of a building with.)''\\
'''Bugs:''' Don't be so danged {{literal|Genie}}!
* BerserkButton: Having Daffy make random animal noises instead of actually speaking probably wasn't a good idea...[[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments humorous as it was...]]
-->'''''[[{{Angrish}} YEARRGHBBBLBLBLBLBBLB]] -- AND I'VE NEVER BEEN SO HUMILIATED IN ALL MY LIFE!!!''''''
* BigNo: Daffy pushes away a premature 'The End' card, screaming 'NO! NO!' at the top of his lungs.
* ButtMonkey: Daffy has probably never been as big of a ButtMonkey in any of his other shorts as he is here, since the point of the short is essentially "let's see how angry we can make Daffy because it's funny". [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments They]] [[Funny/LooneyTunes succeeded.]]
** Naturally Bugs becomes one under near identical circumstances in ''Rabbit Rampage'', being one of the most notable of his rare "loser" roles.
* TheCameo: And it's a real dandy.
* CameraScrew: Towards the end, the frame shifts, leaving Daffy's top half on the bottom and bottom half on the top...inadvertently cloning Daffy. He then starts TalkingToHimself.
-->'''Daffy''': Ladies and gentlemen, there will be no further delays, so I shall attempt to entertain you in my own inimitable fashion.\\
''(Daffy starts dancing, and then the frame shifts, with Daffy's top half in the bottom frame, and his bottom half on the top frame.)''\\
'''Bottom!Daffy''': ''Now'' what?!\\
'''Top!Daffy''': What are you doing down there?\\
'''Bottom!Daffy''': Down here? What are ''you'' doing ''up there''? ''(to audience)'' Down here--\\
''(Top!Daffy snatches Bottom!Daffy into the top frame, which then re-centers)''\\
'''Daffy!Prime''': Listen, bub, if you wasn't me, I'd smack you right in the puss!\\
'''Daffy!Clone''': Don't let ''that'' bother ya, Jack!\\
'''Daffy!Prime''': ''([[ExactWords winding up]] a punch)'' Okay, buddy, you asked for it!\\
''(Daffy!Clone gets erased just before Daffy throws his punch, making him miss wildly.)''
* CloningBlues
** In ''Rabbit Rampage'', Bugs is outraged when two other Bugs are drawn in. "Alright, OUT YOU IMPOSTOR!"
** And see CameraScrew above for an example in ''Duck Amuck''.
* CloseupOnHead: Inverted: A far-away Daffy wants a closeup, and he gets one...an ''extreme'' one.
-->''(Daffy washes up on an island far in the background.)''\\
'''Daffy''': ''(distant)'' Hey! C'mere...c'mere! Gimme a close-up! A close-up!\\
''(The screen goes black except for the volcanic island in the ''far'' distance, which Daffy is on.)''\\
'''Daffy''': ''This'' is a close-up? ''({{Beat}})'' A CLOSE-UP, YOU JERK! A '''CLOSE-UP!'''\\
''(The camera then rapidly zooms in on Daffy, accompanied by a MusicalSting, until the camera is aimed right between Daffy's bloodshot eyes.)''\\
'''Daffy''': Thanks for the sour persimmons, cousin.
* ConcussionsGetYouHigh: Daffy Duck gets rather loopy near the end, reciting "The Village Blacksmith" while banging a hammer on the parachute-turned-anvil (see AnvilOnHead above) that the artist's pencil then changes into a bomb.
* TheEnd: In "Duck Amuck", it shows up in the middle of the cartoon when Daffy tells the artist to get things started. At the end of "Rabbit Rampage", Bugs tells the artist, "Well, okay. But there's still one way out, and you can't stop me!" He proceeds to pull down a "The End" card from the top of the screen.
* FakeOutFadeOut: Daffy tears the screen up, then tells the animator to "get this picture started!" The screen [[IrisOut irises out]] into "The End," only for Daffy to yell ''"NO, NO!"'' and push it out of the way.
* GenreDeconstruction: WordOfGod says that this was created in an attempt to take apart how cartoons work, as well as to explore whether or not Daffy would still be Daffy if he was changed beyond recognizability.
* GenreSavvy: Bugs in ''Rabbit Rampage''. In stark contrast to Daffy, Bugs knows from the start that a cartoon animated by [[spoiler: Elmer Fudd]] will only mean torture for him, and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere attempts in vain to escape]].
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: [[spoiler: Bugs Bunny, the original animator for ''Duck Amuck'' is payed out with his own coin by Elmer throughout ''Rabbit Rampage''.]]
* JackassGenie: Daffy [[GenreBlindness should know better]], but his demands to the animator are ''always'' going to be met in this fashion. A demand for "some color, stupid!" gets him painted with loud colors and polka-dots, a demand for a "close up" zooms the camera in until all we can see are his (bloodshot!) eyes, a demand for "sound please!" causes machinegun noises to be inserted instead of normal guitar sounds, and on and on it goes.
* MediumAware: The basis of the humour, from beginning to end.
* MickeyMousing
* MindScrew: By the animator to Daffy.
* NoFourthWall: The FourthWall is utterly ''demolished'' in this cartoon. The sad and sorry remains are flicked away when the ''animator'' [[spoiler:(Bugs Bunny)]] addresses the audience.
* NonSequiturThud: Not quite played straight because it actually makes sense, [[ItMakesJustAsMuchSenseInContext but not within the context]]: Daffy quotes ''The Village Blacksmith'' after the artist turns his parachute into an anvil. See the YMMV page for more info.
* NotQuiteBackToNormal: Daffy gets redrawn as some...''thing'' that's quadrupedal, has a flower-like head, and a flagpole flying a flag with [[VisualPun a screw and a ball]] for a tail. Daffy remarks he doesn't "quite feel like myself".
-->'''Daffy:''' Oh, I feel all right, and yet, I... (animator draws mirror in front of Daffy, Daffy looks in the mirror) ...I, uh... '''''EEEEEEKKKK!!!''''' YOU KNOW BETTER THAN THAT!
* PostModernism
* RaceLift: In-Universe. Bugs was redrawn as a horse in "Rabbit Rampage".
-->'''Bugs:''' Look doc, my contract clearly states that I am ''always'' to be drawn as a rabbit!
* [[RageAgainstTheAuthor Rage Against the Animator]]
* RecordNeedleScratch: Inverted. When Daffy asks for sound, the first sound effect is a record starting to play (the quiet "static" would be dust and small scratches on a record, a sound anyone familiar with records would recognize)
* RedemptionRejection: Happens in ''Rabbit Rampage'':
-->'''Bugs:''' Look, uh, why don't we be friends? Maybe we could ''both'' benefit -- eh, do something revolutionary.\\
''(the artist paints two copies of Bugs, putting himself back on Bugs's bad side)''
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Just before -- and for the duration of -- his (first) [[BerserkButton tirade]], his eyes turn red with anger.
* ScrewySquirrel: The artist, of course.
* ShowWithinAShow: An unusual example in which Daffy is aware he's in a cartoon [[spoiler:but not aware that the cartoon is being drawn by Bugs Bunny.]]
** In "Rabbit Rampage", Bugs knows that he's in a cartoon [[spoiler:and he also knows that ''Elmer Fudd'' is the animator -- but the audience doesn't find that out until the end.]]
* SoundDefect: What the animator does to Daffy in response to the sign mentioned below.
* SpecialEffectFailure: In-universe examples, of sounds (strumming a guitar and getting the sound of gunfire), backgrounds (which randomly blend into one another and/or disappear entirely), IrisOut (comes about halfway through the cartoon, after Daffy pleads with the animator to "get this picture started"), and Voice Acting (random animal/jungle noises replace Daffy's speech).
* StylisticSuck: The animator responds to Daffy's demand for scenery with some crude, uneven line sketches.
* TalkingWithSigns: "Sound please!"
* TeamRocketWins: [[spoiler:''Rabbit Rampage'', which is one of only three shorts Elmer gets the last laugh on Bugs.]]
* UnusualEuphemism: Bugs exclaims "Holy codfish!" when he notices how big the artist made his feet.
* VisualPun: When Daffy is redrawn as a weird creature, the flag on his tail has a picture of a screw and a ball (an illustration of the phrase "screwball").
* WrongParachuteGag: Daffy's parachute works just fine, but the animator erases the chute and replaces it with an anvil.


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