"Awfully unsporting of me, I know, but, what the hey, I gotta have SOME fun!""Rabbit Seasoning" was a 1952 Looney Tunes short, the second in a trilogy of Bugs-Daffy-Elmer cartoons known as the "hunting trilogy," the others being "Rabbit Fire" (1951) and "Duck! Rabbit! Duck!" (1953). The short revolves around another Bugs, Daffy, and Elmer team-up in which Daffy is trying to save his skin again — only to be foiled by Elmer's typical incompetence again and again.
—Daffy Duck in the openingnote
"No more tropes for me, thanks, I'm driving":
- The 50 Greatest Cartoons: #30.
- Ambiguous Syntax: Played for Laughs between Bugs and Daffy:Daffy: Say, what's the matter with you, anyway! Don't you even know a rabbit when you see one? Hmm?Bugs: It's true, doc, I'm a rabbit, all right. Would you like to shoot me now or wait till I get home?Daffy: Shoot him now! Shoot him!Bugs: You keep out of this! He doesn't have to shoot you now!Daffy: He does so have to shoot me now! I demand that you shoot me now! Nyah! [Elmer shoots Daffy]Daffy: Let's run through that again.Bugs: Okay. Would you like to shoot me now, or wait till you get home?Daffy [in a calm voice]: Shoot him now, shoot him now.Bugs [in a calm voice]: You keep out of this, he doesn't have to shoot you now.Daffy: Ha! That's it! Hold it right there! Pronoun trouble. It's not "he doesn't have to shoot 'you' now", it's "he doesn't have to shoot 'me' now". Well, I say he does have to shoot me now! So shoot me now! [Elmer shoots Daffy once again].Bugs: Ye-es?Daffy: Oh, no you don't. Not again, sorry. This time we'll try it from the other end. Look, you're a hunter, right?Elmer: Wight.Daffy: And this is rabbit season, right?Elmer: Wight.Bugs: And if he was a rabbit, what would you do?Daffy: Yeah, you're so smart? If I was a rabbit, what would you do?Elmer: Well, I'd - [Elmer aims his gun at Daffy]Daffy [worriedly]: Not again. [Elmer blasts Daffy once more]
- Amusing Injuries: By this point, Daffy is mildly irritated at being shot by Elmer Fudd.
- Aside Glance: Though Bugs does this a couple times, Daffy reacts this way whenever he gets shot or whenever Elmer falls for one of Bugs' tricks.
- Elmer himself does this the first time Daffy says "So, shoot me now" as if he needed to double-check to make sure he heard Daffy correctly.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Elmer falls for one of Bugs' female disguises once again.
- Bowdlerise: See the Rabbit Fire entry for information on what was edited from this cartoon.
- Burma-Shave: The famous campaign is spoofed with the signs in the opening shot.
- Butt-Monkey: Daffy getting shot by Elmer becomes a Running Gag.
- Casual Danger Dialog: Bugs Bunny, as always.
- Comically Missing the Point: "It's not 'he doesn't have to shoot you now', it's 'he doesn't have to shoot me now'. (beat) Well I say he does have to shoot me now! (beat) SO SHOOT ME NOW!!!" *gets shot*
- Duck Season, Rabbit Season: "Would you like to shoot me now, or wait until you get home?"
- Elmuh Fudd Syndwome
- Genre Savvy: After falling for the above Duck Season, Rabbit Season gag twice Daffy stops himself from talking to Bugs again, and tries to solve the problem by talking to Elmer, whom he can trick. Naturally it works out the same thanks to Bugs stepping in.Daffy: Oh no you don't. Not again. Sorry.
- Guile Hero: Bugs, of course.
- Hollywood Healing: Though Daffy hardly seems injured by his shotgun blasts to the face anyway, all it seems to do is misplace his beak.
- Iron Butt Monkey: Daffy.
- Juggling Loaded Guns
- Non Sequitur, *Thud*: After getting a face full of shotgun, Daffy comes back down in the rabbit hole, and delivers this.Bugs: Is he still there?Daffy: (very woozy) Still lurking about!Bugs: I tell you what. You go up and act as a decoy, then lure 'im away.Daffy: No More for Me, thanks, I'm driving!
- Oh, No... Not Again!:Daffy: Look. You're a hunter. Right?Elmer: Wight.Daffy: And this is rabbit season, right?Elmer: Wight.Bugs: And if he was a rabbit, what would you do?Daffy: Yeah, you're so smart! If I was a rabbit, what would ya do?Elmer: Well, I'd- [Levels his gun at Daffy]Daffy: [meekly] Not again...
- Parental Bonus: Daffy after he gets shot yet again by Elmer: "No more for me, thanks! I'm drivin'!"
- Post-Kiss Catatonia: When the crossdressed Bugs kisses Elmer, he staggers away blissfully and his rifle goes off in Daffy's face.
- Pronoun Trouble: Trope Namer.
- Running Gag: Daffy getting shot and his beak winding up in so many different positions.
- Also, "Would you like to shoot me now, or wait until you get home?" Last time, Daffy got Elmer to wait, then they get home and *bang*.
- Something Else Also Rises: Elmer's hat, when the crossdressed Bugs kisses him (also, the rifle going off as Elmer staggers away in Post-Kiss Catatonia).
- Screwy Squirrel: Daffy, though also out to save his own hide, admits to taking enjoyment out of sending Elmer on Bugs. He isn't quite as successful as he is usually however.
- Smarter Than You Look: Despite him easily falling for Bugs's tricks, Daffy realizes that Bugs somehow keeps getting Daffy shot. Unfortunately, he doesn't realize what that tactic is.
- Smug Snake: Daffy. He is wilier than Elmer, but his ego insists on taking on the much more competent Bugs as well.
- Too Dumb to Live: Elmer. He seems to have forgotten that Bugs himself is a wabbit.
"He does so have to shoot me now! I demand that you shoot me now!"
- And Daffy, despite his attempts at 'self preservation' he will chastise the gun-wielding huntsman right to his face.
- Villain Ball: Daffy had already succeeded in escaping Elmer from the very start of the short, with him believing it is Rabbit Season and Bugs being more than willing to start his usual back and forth with the hunter. Nevertheless he still breaks from his hiding spot, attempting to coach Elmer for not getting the job done. It's not enough to escape getting his head blown off, Bugs has to get blasted by Elmer in his place, and Daffy has to be there to see it.
- Of course, Daffy might have stayed in his hiding place had Elmer recognized Bugs was a rabbit. Daffy's so disgusted by Elmer's stupidity that he comes out of hiding — and plays right into Bugs's hands.
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Bugs in one of his most famous moments.