Duck Amuck (Looney Tunes)

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Duck Amuck (Looney Tunes)
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"Brother, what a way to run a railroad!"
Episode Number: 673
Air Date: February 28, 1953
Writer: Michael Maltese
Director: Chuck Jones
Previous episode: "Kiss Me Cat"
Next episode: "Upswept Hare"


Duck Amuck is an American animated cartoon short directed by Chuck Jones and produced by Warner Bros. Cartoons. The short film was released in early 1953 by The Vitaphone Corporation, the short subject division of Warner Bros., as part of the Merrie Melodies series.

Plot

Daffy Duck gets tormented by a seemingly sadistic, unseen animator, who constantly changes Daffy's locations, clothing, voice, physical appearance, and even shape, much to Daffy's aggravation and rage.

Why It Rocks

  1. Daffy is very funny here and steals the whole show.
  2. Several hilarious moments such as Daffy and the blob and Daffy getting turned into a screwball creature.
  3. The concept of a character getting tormented by an unseen animator is very unique and creative.
  4. Great animation for 1950's standards.
  5. Great soundtrack by Carl Stalling.
  6. Mel Blanc is absolutely hilarious on this cartoon and does a wonderful performance as Daffy.
  7. Great plot twist with the unseen animator being revealed as Bugs Bunny.
  8. Several memorable lines such as "Brother, What a Way to Run a Railroad!"

Reception

Duck Amuck was voted #2 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field, losing only to What's Opera, Doc?, also directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. It has been inducted into the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The cartoon was also a favorite among Looney Tunes fans.

Trivia

  • This short spawned several internet memes such as Daffy going crazy.
  • It got adapted into its own game of the same name in 2007.

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