Daffy Duck (in an Ebenezer Scrooge-like role) is the selfish and greedy owner of the supremely successful Lucky Duck Superstore, treating his employees, particularly his long-suffering Assistant Manager Porky Pig (playing the role of Bob Cratchit) like garbage. Bugs Bunny warns Daffy that bad things happen to people who mess with Christmas, and especially bad ones get visited by the Ghosts of Christmas. Daffy scoffs at this notion, but little does he know that he's in for quite a festive and frightening night.
This is actually the second Looney Tunes adaptation of A Christmas Carol, following 1979's short cartoon Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol from the Christmas Special Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales. That adaptation is more faithful in setting to the original Dickens work, but is ultra condensed to fit an 8 minute long runtime. Porky Pig played the Bob Cratchit role in this one too.
This film contains examples of:
- Borrowed Catchphrase: Daffy adopts Bugs's sarcastic utterance of "Bah Humduck" as his own.
- Priscilla finishes off her father's signature line "T-T-T-That's all folks!" at the end of the movie.
- Broken Tears: Daffy is reduced to this in third act after Priscilla says that she never hated him.
- Cats Have Nine Lives: Sylvester the investor was crushed nine times.
- Cruel and Unusual Death: Sylvester the Investor died when a disgruntled employee squashed him with a forklift. Nine times.
- Due to the Dead: In the Bad Future, Porky and Priscilla visit Daffy's grave. Porky's not sugarcoating things, but he at least places some flowers as a show of respect. Priscilla also promises to visit every year so that he won't be alone.
- Everyone Has Standards: Yosemite Sam (the Ghost of Christmas Present) is so disgusted by Daffy that he womps him upon meeting him.
- Facepalm: Daffy upon learning why his store closed down in the Bad Future.
- Freudian Excuse: The reason why Daffy despises the holidays so much is because he grew up in an orphanage (which is also where he got the name for his store) and was consistently ignored by potential parents and spent every Christmas alone.
- Freudian Excuse Is No Excuse: Granny and Tweety cry upon seeing the poor childhood Daffy had, but they both angrily call him out on his actions, saying it's still no excuse.
- Hiding Behind the Language Barrier: After Daffy ignores Speedy Gonzalez's Christmas greeting, Speedy mutters a disgusted "tonto." note Daffy hears it and asks "What did you call me?" And Speedy responds, "Tonto. It means 'genius' in Spanish."
- Ignored Epiphany: After watching Priscilla wishing on the Christmas star, Daffy says to Bugs he "almost felt something". Bugs asks him if that means he's willing to mend his greedy ways, to which Daffy responds with "I said I felt something. Not insanity!"
- Lampshade Hanging: When Bugs first appears at the beginning of the special, he acknowledges that it probably is kind of strange to see a rabbit in a Christmas Special, since rabbits are traditionally associated with Easter, a spring holidaynote . However, Bugs claims that he's "all about the winter holidsays," with Christmas being his favorite holidaynote .
- Mean Boss: Daffy overworks, abuses, and belittles his employees at every turn, barely paying them enough to get by. He refuses to give them any vacation time, even around Christmas. He gets much better at the end.
- Meaningful Name: Daffy named his store after the orphanage he grew up in.
- Missing Mom: Porky mentions to Daffy that Priscilla's mother is gone, meaning he's the only family she has left.
- Not So Different: Daffy is moved by Priscilla talking about how she never hated him because she knows how angry and sad being alone on Christmas can make someone.
- Off-Model: While most of the characters are well-animated, there are a few that look off, most notably Gossamer.
- Reality Ensues: In the Bad Future, Daffy tried to make himself the heir to his store and fortune to himself in his will, which of course, is illegal (and wouldn't work anyway since he is, you know, dead). As a result, Lucky Duck closed down and everyone became unemployed.
- Shadow Archetype: The orphanage and graveyard scenes illustrate that Daffy is actually one to Priscilla. He used to be an optimistic and loving child like her, but being left without family (especially on Christmas) turned him into a bitter miser.
- Sleep Deprivation: Elmer is so overworked that he suffers from this. He eventually falls asleep in the snow.
- This Is Gonna Suck: Sam says Daffy will be intangible so long as he touches the robe. Immediately afterwards, though, the part of the robe that Daffy was holding gets ripped off.Daffy: This is gonna hurt.
- Toilet Teleportation: The Ghost of Christmas Present (Yosemite Sam) drags Daffy into Porky's house through the toilet. Daffy is not amused by this.Daffy: Dragged through the toilet. The final indignity.Ghost of Christmas Present: I begs to differ, critter. This is the final indignity. (flushes the toilet, sending Daffy spiraling down)
- The Unintelligible: Taz is the Ghost of Christmas Future. At one point, Daffy chastises his speech patterns and tells him to enunciate.
- Wingding Eyes: Daffy gets dollar signs in his eyes when Bugs unfurls his ridiculously long Christmas shopping list.
- Yet Another Christmas Carol: Looney Tunes edition!