Duck Amuck (1949) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

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Duck Amuck (1949) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

Duck Amuck (1949) - Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon

CotD: Daffy Duck’s tour de force, “Duck Amuck” is one of his most memorable cartoons, and one of Chuck Jones’ greatest shorts.

Duck Amuck (1949) – Merrie Melodies Theatrical Cartoon Series

“Stand back, musketeers!” swordsman Daffy cries, surrounded by Dumasian scenery, credits and music. “They shall sample my blade!” But within a few thrusts and touches, Daffy notices that the background behind him has ended: “Hey, psst, whoever’s in charge here, the scenery, where’s the scenery?”

A paintbrush comes across the screen and puts down a farmyard setting. Daffy leaps back in his musketeer garb, realizes it’s inappropriate, and returns with overalls and hoe, then notices that the scenery has changed into a North Pole setting: “Would it be to much to ask if we could make up our minds, hmmm?” And so it goes. After changing from many classic scenes and gags, Daffy yells, “All right! Enough is enough! This is the final, the very, very last straw! Who is responsible for this? I demand that you show yourself! Who are you?” Pull back to reveal Bugs Bunny, seated by a live-action animator’s light table, admitting to the audience, “Gee, ain’t I a stinker?”-

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