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In the frankly cinematic masterpiece that is the 1953 short film Duck Amuck, the titular Daffy Duck is tortured by an unseen artist, the implied hand of god of a film/cartoon known as the animator. The hand of god turns out to be none other than Daffy's arch frenemy Bugs Bunny.

Does this imply that Bugs is always the animator/hand of god in the Loony Tunes or Merrie Melodies series? Or is Bugs the real Chuck Jones? Does this extend to any of the other films with these characters?

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I would highly doubt that implication. I think the animators were just having a little fun. After all, very little about those cartoons carries over; Bugs doesn't live in the same place every time, Porky Pig's whole personality went through a metamorphosis, Daffy Duck has been paired with Porky Pig, Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. It's an ever changing world.

The cartoon, as it were, was so well-liked it was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry. The important piece from that Wiki page that relates to your question would be:

Although in the end, the animator is revealed to be Daffy's rival Bugs Bunny (who declares "Ain't I a stinker?"), according to Jones the ending is just for comedic value: Jones (the director) is speaking to the audience directly, asking "Who is Daffy Duck anyway? Would you recognize him if I did this to him?

  • Arguably, the use of Bugs is a quick short-hand. If they used some random animator, the lack of characterization probably detracts from the humor (we don't wonder about the animator's apparent sadism etc.). We presumably know Bugs more intimately. – Yorik Dec 18 '15 at 21:08
  • Well, yeah. We all know Bugs likes to torment Daffy at times. It definitely makes sense to have Bugs be the animator, but only for that one episode. – Johnny Bones Dec 18 '15 at 21:43

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