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[[caption-width-right:266:Daffy Duck once again successfully negotiates his way into a gunshot]]

-->''"You're despicable. Yes! You're despicable! And, and...impecable! And you're very, definitely despicable! How a person can get so, so despicable in one lifetime is beyond me! It isn't though I haven't met a lot of people. Goodness knows it isn't that!"''\\
--'''Daffy Duck'''

[[TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1951]] WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes short by Creator/ChuckJones, featuring another attempt by Elmer Fudd to hunt Bugs Bunny, only with a new twist: this one also features Daffy Duck, and he and Bugs each spend the entire picture trying to get Elmer to shoot the other.

This short was very popular, featuring the famous "Duck season!", "Wabbit season!" scene, and establishing the rivalry between Bugs and Daffy. This was the first time that the two of them appeared in a short together, and audiences immediately loved their chemistry. It was the first in a trilogy of Bugs-Daffy-Elmer cartoons known as the "hunting trilogy," the others being "WesternAnimation/RabbitSeasoning" (1952) and "[[WesternAnimation/DuckRabbitDuck Duck! Rabbit! Duck!]]" (1953). The duo proved so successful as a team that later cartoons, shows, and movies all paired these two up in one way or another.

Trope namer of both DuckSeasonRabbitSeason and ([[Administrivia/RenamedTropes former]]) {{Trope Namer|s}} of [[OneBulletLeft One Buwwet Weft]].

This short is part of ''Literature/The100GreatestLooneyTunes'' list.


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!!Tropes Used In This Short Include:

* AmusingInjuries: Getting shot in the face has never been funnier.
* AsideGlance: Easy to miss, but Bugs does one - complete with eyebrow wiggle - just before pulling the switch on Daffy in the DuckSeasonRabbitSeason argument.
* AssInALionSkin: Bugs pretends to be a duck; Daffy pretends to be a rabbit and a dog.
* AttractiveBentGender: Elmer falls for one of Bugs' female disguises again.
* {{Bowdlerise}}: These cartoons were shown edited on a lot of network TV channels (and one cable channel), all for the same gag: Daffy getting shot in the face by Elmer.
** Versions of these cartoons shown on ABC and “The Merrie Melodies Show” (the syndicated version) would cut to a freeze-framed shot of Bugs looking off-camera while the audio of Daffy getting shot was still heard.
** CBS and the WB, however, chose not to give viewers the satisfaction of using their imaginations and edited both audio and visual of Daffy getting blasted.
** Nickelodeon (the one cable channel mentioned above) actually left “Rabbit Seasoning” and “Duck! Rabbit! Duck!” alone in the editing department, but “Rabbit Fire” wasn’t so lucky. The famous “no more bullets” part (where Daffy [[JugglingLoadedGuns looks down the barrel of Elmer’s rifle and gets shot through his scalp]]) was cut.
*** To quote the blog, ''Saturday Morning Hangover'' on how editing the gun violence affects the cartoons:
-->"The ABC, “Merrie Melodies Show,” and Nickelodeon cuts you can tolerate. The CBS and WB versions aren’t recommended
-->for theatrical cartoon lovers with short tempers...Without it [the edited scenes], they [the cartoons] just lie there,
-->like an unsatisfied wife waiting for her husband to finish penetrating her when really he’s just humping a blanket
-->fold."
** Averted with Creator/CartoonNetwork airings and home video/DVD releases, which have the gun violence uncut and uncensored.
* DuckSeasonRabbitSeason - Trope Namer
* ElmuhFuddSyndwome
* EnemyMine: Bugs and Daffy start working together towards the end.
* HollywoodHealing: Though Daffy hardly seems injured by his shotgun blasts to the face anyway, all it seems to do is misplace his beak.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: At the end of the short, as Bugs and Daffy continue to pull away posters saying "Rabbit Season" and "Duck Season" alternately, each trying to convince Elmer to shoot the other, they finally reach the final poster, which reads "Elmer Season". In the next shot we see Bugs and Daffy dressed as hunters, carrying rifles and "hunting for Elmers".
* {{Irony}}: Elmer is a vegetarian who hunts for the fun of it.
* JugglingLoadedGuns: Turns out there was OneBuwwetWeft.
* KarmicTrickster
* MisplacedWildlife: What's an elephant doing in the North American woods?
** RuleOfFunny: It's not ''supposed'' to be realistic.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The elephant's voice is based on comedian Joe Besser (best known today as [[Film/TheThreeStooges Curly Joe]]), and his one line includes one of Besser's {{catchphrase}}s. ("You do and I'll give you such a pinch!")
* OhCrap: The look on Elmer's face when he realises that Bugs and Daffy have found a poster proclaiming it to be ''Elmer'' Season, and are giving him very evil grins indeed.
* OneBulletLeft
* PaperThinDisguise: Daffy as a hunting dog, which entails fake doggie ears and a ''plunger'' for a tail. Also, Bugs and Daffy disguising themselves as each other. And they all work!
* PointThatSomewhereElse: Bugs and Daffy move Elmer's rifle back and forth between the two of them during the RabbitSeasonDuckSeason routine.
* PunBasedTitle : Like so many shorts involving Bugs.
* TakeAThirdOption: The ending.
* TooDumbToLive: "I say it's duck season. And I say fire!"
* WholesomeCrossdresser

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