Wednesday, May 9, 2007

Daffy: 1952

"Rabbit Seasoning", together with "Rabbit Fire" and "Duck, Rabbit, Duck!" make up Chuck Jones' "hunting trilogy". In this second outing, it is duck season and Daffy plans on making Elmer believe it is Rabbit season simply because he's "gotta have some fun too."

Clueless Elmer Fudd doesn't know a rabbit when he sees one, leading Daffy into a battle of wits with Bugs. Hmm...I wonder who will win...

Daffy is bested by "pronoun trouble" and is so determined to get Bugs killed that he falls for the clever word play every time.

The result, as always, is that Daffy is de-beaked multiple times. "No more for me, thanks. I'm driving."

Bugs,in drag, is able to persuade love-struck Elmer into delivering a duck dinner. Even when his disguise is stripped, Bugs can still get Daffy to fall for another round of "would you like to shoot me now or wait 'till you get home?"

Clearly not an obscure film, the banter between the characters is engrained in our minds. I think that all of us in our daily lives would respond to the phrase "Duck season!" with "Wabbit season!" every time.

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Links of Doom said...

HOBART, Australia - Warner Bros. will donate money from the sale of DVDs featuring Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck to help efforts to save the Tasmanian Devil from extinction, an Australian official said Saturday.

The Looney Tunes character Taz — a whirling, growling rival to Bugs Bunny — is based on the Australian marsupial, which is being threatened by contagious cancer in its homeland, the island state of Tasmania.

State Tourism, Arts and Environment Minister Paula Wriedt said Warner Bros. had struck a deal with the government to donate one Australian dollar — the equivalent of 82 cents — for each sale from a new series of DVDs to be released in Australia featuring the company's cartoon characters.

Proceeds would be donated to a fund managed by the University of Tasmania to help the animals, Wriedt said in a statement.

"This partnership will go a long way to assist in raising funds, awareness and future opportunities to ensure the survival of the Tasmanian Devil," she said.

A spokesman for Warner Bros. did not immediately return calls for comment on Saturday.

The fox-like animals with powerful jaws and a bloodcurdling growl are being wiped out by a contagious cancer that creates grotesque facial tumors.

The disease was first noticed in the mid-1990s in Tasmania's northeast, where 90 percent of the devils have since perished. It is spreading south and west, and scientists estimate that within five years, there will be no disease-free population in Tasmania — the only place in the world where the devils exist outside zoos.

Programs to try to save them include plans to relocate breeding pairs to island sanctuaries.