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Duck! Rabbit! Duck! is a 1953 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones. It is the third and final installment of the "hunting trilogy", following "Rabbit Fire" and "Rabbit Seasoning", taking place in winter.

When Elmer Fudd goes hunting in winter, Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny find themselves again locked in battle.

Tropes Used In This Short Include:

  • Amusing Injuries: The shotgun blasts in the face annoy more than harm Daffy, and easily half of the visual humor in the short comes from the various ways that his bill ends up in some place other than its normal position afterwards.
  • And I'm the Queen of Sheba: In the face of Bugs' antics, Daffy pulls out this trope: "If he's dead, then I'm a mongoose!" Of course, it backfires spectacularly.
  • Bowdlerization: Like Rabbit Fire and Rabbit Seasoning, all scenes of Daffy getting blasted by Elmer's shotgun were edited when aired on ABC, CBS, the syndicated and Fox network versions of Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends and The WB. While ABC and the FOX and syndicated versions of Merrie Melodies: Starring Bugs Bunny & Friends replaced the actual shots of Elmer firing at Daffy's head with a still shot of Bugs Bunny looking off-screen and had the audio play normally, CBS and WB spliced out any and all scenes (both visual and audio) of Daffy getting shot, which made this short particularly choppy and incoherent.
  • Catch Phrase:
    • Bugs says his - "Eh, what's up, Doc?" - after Elmer thinks he shot him and he appears as an angel.
    • To no one's surprise, the last words of the short are, "You're despicable."
  • Crazy Survivalist: Daffy, because it's actually duck season.
    I'm a duck, bent on self-preservation-num...manum.
  • Didn't Think This Through: When Bugs dresses up like a duck, Daffy yells at Elmer to "Shoot the duck!" Naturally, Elmer shoots the nearest duck; him.
  • Elmuh Fudd Syndwome: From the Trope Namer.
  • Exact Words: When Elmer threatens to make Bugs into rabbit stew, Bugs points out that he's not a stewing rabbit, but a fricasseeing rabbit, even producing an ankle tag identifying him as such. He then asks Elmer if he has a fricasseeing rabbit license.
  • Face Palm: Daffy's response to Bugs' angel disguise (and how easily Elmer falls for it). He facepalms so hard his beak shakes.
  • Freak Out: Daffy eventually snaps from multiple gunshots.
    Shoot me again! I enjoy it! I love the smell of burnt feathers, and gun powder, and cordite! I'm an elk! Shoot me, go on! It's elk season! I'm a fiddler crab! Why don't you shoot me? It's fiddler crab season!
    • Elmer has a milder one after being told by the "game warden" (Bugs) that it's baseball season.
  • Guile Hero: Bugs, naturellement.
  • Harmless Villain: By this short, Elmer is essentially reduced to Daffy's stooge, having lost the plot so fully that he resorts to only shooting his prey according to what they "order" him to do. Even abiding by that, he succeeds in only irritating Daffy with Amusing Injuries.
  • Laughing Mad: Elmer at the end of the episode.
  • Literal-Minded: Whenever Daffy makes some figure of speech about him being an animal, Elmer always fails to realize the duck doesn't actually mean it. Bugs naturally takes advantage of this to get Daffy shot more.
  • Misspelling Out Loud: As Daffy makes a fricasseeing rabbit license for Elmer, he asks Bugs how to spell fricasseeing. Bugs spells it "F-R-I-C-A-S-S-E-E-I-N-G D-U-C-K". Daffy doesn't catch on until Elmer shoots him.
  • My God, What Have I Done?: When Elmer seemingly shoots Bugs, and sees him come down (as a fake-angel) asking how things are down on Earth, he becomes regretful.
    Elmer: Golly, Mr. Wabbit, I hope I didn't hurt you too much when I killed you.
  • Ninja Log: While Daffy and Elmer are conferring, Bugs makes a snowman of himself, which Elmer then shoots at.
  • Parasol Parachute: How Bugs drops down to Earth while pretending to be an angel.
  • Running Gag: Bugs getting Elmer to shoot Daffy by telling him that Daffy is a particular type of animal that is in season.
  • Sanity Slippage: Both Elmer and Daffy, since they constantly get outsmarted by Bugs.
  • Spontaneous Crowd Formation: After Elmer is gone, Bugs ask Daffy what season it really is, to which Daffy nonchalantly admits it's Duck Season, resulting in a surrounding swarm of hunters popping instantly into view and blasting him.
  • Talking with Signs: Bugs pulls out a "X Season" sign every time Daffy says he's a particular animal
  • Too Dumb to Live: Daffy. Especially at the end, when he casually mentions to Bugs that it's really duck season, and is promptly surrounded by hunters who all pump him full of lead.
  • Unwitting Pawn: Bugs doesn't so much trick Elmer into shooting Daffy as he does trick Daffy into bringing it on himself, such as with Misspelling Out Loud and the signs.
    Daffy: Brother, am I pigeon?
    [Bugs holds up a "Pigeon Season" sign, at which point Elmer again opens fire]
  • Villainous Breakdown: See Freak Out above.
  • Villainous BSoD: Daffy's Freak Out then transitions into this: "What have I done? Where did I take the wrong turning?"
  • Winged Soul Flies Off at Death: Bugs invokes this by disguising himself as an angel after Elmer shoots a snowman version of Bugs.


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