Duck Amuck (1953)





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Daffy Duck faces a rather bizarre adversary in the classic Merrie Melodies short Duck Amuck, which pits Daffy against a mischievous off-screen animator, who is constantly altering and even sabotaging the cartoon. The trouble begins when, during a Three Musketeers parody, Daffy suddenly notices the background has disappeared, leaving only empty space. He complains to the animator, who then puts him through an ever-changing series of locations, from a barnyard, to snow-covered fields to a tropical island. Daffy tries to adapt, apologizing to the audience for the trouble, but grows increasingly flustered as the changes continue. Soon he and the silent, faceless animator -- Daffy can only see a brush and a white glove -- are arguing over other aspects of the production, from the background colors to the definition of a close-up. Director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese have a great deal of fun with this reflexive premise, gleefully poking fun at the process of animation itself while building towards a superb final punchline. Highlights include the transformation of Daffy's voice into strange sound effects and an improperly adjusted frame line that allows Daffy to get into an argument with himself.
Animation , Comedy , Kids & Family , Special Interest
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Mel Blanc
as Daffy Duck/Bugs Bunny

Critic Reviews for Duck Amuck

All Critics (1)

Daffy's existential crisis is oddly revealing of his identity and, for the viewer, a lesson in the possibilities of the medium.

Full Review… | March 20, 2012
Film Freak Central

Audience Reviews for Duck Amuck

The fourth wall has been obliterated! This trope has been used and reused so much that it's easy to forget where it all started and how incredibly creative Duck Amuck really is.

Michael Wilson
Michael Wilson

Breaking the fourth wall, Daffy Duck is assailed by the pranks of an omniscient and mean-spirited animator in this beloved short. The standard set by director Chuck Jones and writer Michael Maltese is quite high, but they greatly outdid themselves here. Duck Amuck is as creative and innovative as it is funny.

Ryan Valentine
Ryan Valentine

I've always preferred Daffy Duck to Bugs whether I'd prefer Daffy or Donald...that is a stickier issue. But in Warner cartoons, I've always felt Daffy was the funnier character. Duck Amuck features Daffy being tormented by the animator himself, who turns out to be Bugs in the end. It is a historically significant animation, but more importantly it is just a funny short cartoon.

Ken Scheck
Ken Scheck

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