[[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 [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1953]], in which WesternAnimation/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. A couple years later Jones would direct a somewhat less successful Spiritual Sequel in ''Rabbit Rampage'', this time with WesternAnimation/BugsBunny as the victim.

Compare ''WesternAnimation/{{Manipulation}}'', an award-winning 1991 animated short that uses a similar premise of an animator screwing with a cartoon character.


!!Duck Amuck provides examples of:

* The50GreatestCartoons: #2.
* 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 Creator/RobertMcKimson.
* 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 Bugs Bunny short ''WesternAnimation/RabbitHood'') suggest a rather conventional, "Daffy as swashbuckling would-be hero" cartoon to follow, like ''WesternAnimation/TheScarletPumpernickel''. Then Daffy lunges 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!
* BehindTheBlack: Somehow, Daffy fails to notice that the scenery to his left is missing until he actually ''reaches'' the white background.
* BerserkButton: Having Daffy make random animal noises instead of actually speaking probably wasn't a good idea... [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments as humorous as it was...]]
* BigNo: Daffy pushes away a premature 'The End' card, screaming "''No!! No!!!''"at the top of his lungs.
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Demolished.
* 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". [[Funny/LooneyTunes They]] [[SugarWiki/FunnyMoments succeeded]].
* 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 iniminnimitable 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: See CameraScrew above.
* 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 irises in (without zooming) to 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 an artillery shell.
* TheEnd: It shows up in the middle of the cartoon when Daffy tells the artist to [[TemptingFate get things started]].
* ExploitingTheFourthWall: Bugs uses this trope to torment Daffy throughout the episode.
* 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.
* ForTheEvulz: Bugs seems to be tormenting Daffy for no reason at all other than fun.
* 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.
* IJustWriteTheThing: What Jones and writer Michael Maltese were aiming for -- the writing was one extended process of repeatedly yanking the rug out from under Daffy and "letting" him react.
* 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.
* JunglesSoundLikeKookaburras: Daffy makes a kookaburra call during the SoundDefect scene.
* KarmaHoudini: Bugs gets away with tormenting Daffy... ''here''...
* 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'' (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 [[http://vignette2.wikia.nocookie.net/looneytunes/images/1/16/DaffyFlowerface.jpg/revision/latest?cb=20130218054119 "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!
* OhCrap: Daffy's expression when the animator changes his parachute into an anvil.
* [[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.)
* RedEyesTakeWarning: Just before -- and for the duration of -- his (first) [[BerserkButton tirade]], his eyes turn red with anger.
* RogerRabbitEffect: Subtle, but the background during the last shot of Bugs animating the cartoon is a photo of a real animation desk.
* ScrewySquirrel: The artist, of course.
* 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!"
* ThrowItIn: The decision to make Daffy's tormentor Bugs Bunny was made more or less at the last minute as a bonus punchline. Chuck Jones had always stated he was Daffy's real tormentor, testing out what truly made Daffy Duck Daffy Duck, and considered filming himself instead of Bugs Bunny.
* {{Troll}}: The animator goes out of his way to antagonize Daffy.
* 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.")
* WhamShot: Both in-universe and (at the time) out of it, the background disappearing at the start.
** There's also the end, where the animator reaches in to close the door they drew in front of Daffy as he rants. Specifically that it's ''Bugs''' hand holding the pencil.
* WrongParachuteGag: Daffy's parachute works just fine, but the animator erases the chute and replaces it with an anvil.

!!Tropes found in ''Rabbit Rampage'':

* BeCarefulWhatYouWishFor: 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}}!
* BreakingTheFourthWall: Goes one step further by having Bugs notice that Elmer is the animator, as opposed to ''Duck Amuck'' where Daffy never noticed that ''Bugs'' was the animator.
* BreakTheHaughty: Most of the animator's antics target Bugs' {{Pride}} as much as just prank him like Daffy's case, and Bugs is well aware from the start this is their intent. He reacts in outrage when the animator clones "impostors" of him, or risks his good reputation by framing him with strike picket signs.
* CloningBlues: Bugs is outraged when two other Bugs are drawn in. "Alright, OUT, YOU IMPOSTOR!"
* TheEnd: 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.
* {{Foreshadowing}}: Early on in ''Rabbit Rampage'', Bugs is shown to have an animosity with the cartoonist for unspecified reasons. This is before the audience finds out that the animator is Elmer Fudd.
* GenreSavvy: In stark contrast to Daffy, Bugs knows from the start that a cartoon animated by WesternAnimation/ElmerFudd will only mean torture for him, and [[ScrewThisImOuttaHere attempts in vain to escape]].
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: Bugs Bunny, the original animator for ''Duck Amuck'' is paid out with his own coin by Elmer.
* IDontLikeYouAndYouDontLikeMe / TeethClenchedTeamwork: Invoked by Bugs when he sees who the animator is.
* KarmaHoudiniWarranty: Bugs winds up in the exact same position Daffy was in in ''Duck Amuck''. Rather fittingly, the animator is Elmer Fudd, who Bugs similarly got away with heckling unprovoked in early cartoons.
* OffModel: Invoked after the animator redraws Bugs as a ... bizarre rabbit.
-->'''Bugs:''' Keep this up, and we'll ''both'' be out of work!
* 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!
* 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)''
* ScrewThisImOuttaHere: Attempted repeatedly by Bugs, though he only succeeds by the very end of the short by pulling out a "The End" card.
* ATasteOfTheirOwnMedicine: Bugs is now the victim to the sadistic animator's pen.
* ATasteOfDefeat: While Daffy was used to playing ButtMonkey by the point of ''Duck Amuck'', ''Rabbit Rampage'' is among only a small number of shorts Bugs plays the "loser" of the cartoon.
* TeamRocketWins: This is one of only three shorts Elmer gets the last laugh on Bugs.
* TranquilFury: Bugs attempts to remain composed and snarks and passive aggressively sneers at the animator in contrast to Daffy's hissy fits in ''Duck Amuck''. There are times however, even he struggles to keep a level head.
* UnusualEuphemism: Bugs exclaims "Holy codfish!" when he notices how big the artist made his feet.