Looney Tunes kicking the fourth wall where it hurts. Daffy's rage is funny at the best of times, but working with such incompetence from an omnipotent God is hilarious. You've gotta feel sorry for him when the vengeance comes. And what a delicious final punchline.
"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.
The very reason for why the Warner Bros. cartoons has the title "Looney Tunes". Daffy shows us why he is also not another Donald Duck clone as his personality truly is shown in every color, sound and comic detail for us to appreciate. Could possibly be the best in the entire canon. It is at least the most experimental and unique of them.
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.