"I would just love a duck dinner."
"Awfully unsporting of me, I know, but, what the hey, I gotta have SOME fun!"
, voted no. 30 on The 50 Greatest Cartoons
list, 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.
This short is also part of The 100 Greatest Looney Tunes
"No more tropes for me, thanks, I'm driving":
- Amusing Injuries: By this point, Daffy is mildly irritated at being shot by Elmer Fudd.
- Attractive Bent-Gender: Elmer falls for one of Bugs' female disguises once again.
- Bowdlerization: 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.
- Casual Danger Dialog: Bugs Bunny, as always.
- 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.
- 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 Buttmonkey: Daffy.
- Juggling Loaded Guns
- Motive Decay: Arguably by the very start of the short, Daffy has already succeeded in escaping Elmer, with him believing it is Rabbit Season and Bugs being more than willing to take on the hunter. Nevertheless he still breaks from his hiding spot and chastises Elmer for falling for Bugs' tricks. 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.
- 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.
- Parental Bonus: Daffy after he gets shot yet again by Elmer: "No more for me, thanks! I'm drivin'!"
- 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.
- Smug Snake: Bugs is practically a non-villainous example of this. He's content to just sit back and let Daffy defeat himself, not even so much as flinching the constant smug look on his face when Daffy yells at him.
- In which case, Bugs is arguably more a Guile Hero or a Magnificent Bastard (depending how sympathetically you view him) as, unlike a traditional Smug Snake, he is just that good (though can lean into one in other shorts). Daffy arguably plays it more straight. 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.
- And Daffy, despite his attempts at 'self preservation' he will chastise the gun wielding huntsman right to his face.
"He does so have to shoot me now! I demand that you shoot me now!"
- Wholesome Crossdresser: Bugs in one of his most famous moments.