"Hmm. Sea picture, eh? I always wanted to do a sea epic. Now, Mr. Rembrandt, if you'll kindly oblige with a little appropriate scenery. *singing* Over the sea, let's go, men. We're shovin' right off, we're shovin' right off... again?"
The universally acknowledged 'changing the goalposts' extended metaphor is applied with a vibrant interplay between character and animator in this mini-meta-masterpiece. A frustrated Daffy usually acts as a catalyst for genius. Chuck Jones is a dab hand at orchestrating exactly that.
8 - I remember watching this one dozens of times in my preadolescence, not knowing a word of English at the time, and still finding it absolutely hilarious. That last bit in particular always cracked me up. Chuck Jones was a master of the visual gag. Fuck the fourth wall, too.
I'm often finding excuses to show 'Duck Amuck' to my students. It's a remarkably accessible piece of clever-clever meta-fiction and genuinely funny to boot. I'm more of a Donald than a Daffy guy, but the irascible duck is certainly on form here! Mel Blanc's increasingly exasperated voice work really sells it. A lot of fun! It should be shown before comedy films to get the audience in the right frame of mind.
"Duck Amuck" is a perfect example of the genius that is Chuck Jones and his influence on the Looney Tunes cartoon. It's clever and witty nature presents and charming and enjoyable story, taking full advantage of its animated medium. Definitely worth watching.
09/23/18 - Digital - Whitsell Auditorium - This was one of my first exposures to "meta" humor. It blew my mind to see Daffy interact with the animator and have the world of cartoons peeled back. It taught me and continues to remind me that there are no rules in animation.