My first analysis is on the Looney Tunes episode “To Duck or not to Duck” starring cartoon characters Duffy Duck and Elmer Fudd. Elmer goes out for a haunting and sees Duffy and starts to shoot bullets at him with his shotgun, but he keeps missing. Notable is Duffy’s reaction to the shoot out by being extremely joyful and mischievous while teasing and making fun of Elmer’s misses. At a certain point one of Elmer’s bullet hits Duffy’s tail but it is not enough to leave more than a scratch. Next, Duffy fakes a death and leaves him self to fall on the ground. Elmer’s dog catches him with his mouth but instantly Duffy gets out of it. He explains to the dog to hold him more softly and then places himself back into the dog’s mouth.
Duffy Duck’s character indicates a behaviour that likes to flirt with grave danger and there so death. The fact that he gets amused and entertained in life threatening situations strongly suggests psychopathy and there so mental illness. Duffy also gets into the dog’s mouth on his own will, knowing very well that the dog will take him to Elmer and that suggests suicidal behaviour.
My second analysis is on the Looney Tunes episode “Yankee Doodle Daffy” starring cartoon characters Duffy Duck and Porgy Pig. Porgy is a casting agent who owns the Smeller Productions Company and decides to go for vacations. Right when Porgy closes his offices and gets ready to leave Duffy shows up and boycotts his flight. Even though Porgy explains to him that the office is closed Duffy forces him self on him by performing singing and dancing. Porgy does numerous attempts to leave but Duffy keeps on forcing himself again and again every time porgy attempts to leave. After a lot of effort porgy finally escapes from Duffy’s presence and jumps into an airplane only to witness Duffy as his pilot who keeps performing for him. Finally, Porgy realises that there is no escape from him and decides to sit down and watch him performing.
Duffy Duck cannot take no for an answer and keeps on performing again and again every time Porgy attempts to leave. This behaviour strongly suggests obsession and traces of hyperactivity as Duffy never seems to rest and relax until the very end of the episode.
My third analysis is on the Looney Tunes episode “Duffy Duck and the Dinosaur” starring cartoon characters Duffy Duck, Casper and Fido. Casper goes out for haunting by the lake with his pet Fido when he sees Duffy swimming peacefully. Then, he takes a rock and throws it towards the direction of Duffy. Like in the first episode that is mentioned in the post, Duffy does not react seriously and starts teasing Casper and his pet. Casper reflects upon Duffy’s behaviour and states “Gosh, that duck acts like he is crazy” and Duffy responds “That is correct, absolutely one hundred percent correct”. Next, Duffy decides to trick him and play around with him even more by making a massive inflatable duck. Duffy gives Casper a sharp knife and points to him the duck. After Casper pounds the inflatable duck with the knife it then blows up killing them all.
The conclusion are the same as in the first episode mentioned in this post, Duffy shows a distorted personality that suggests psychopathy. What is different in this episode is the verbal representation of psychopathy when Duffy Duck agrees to Casper’s word that his is indeed crazy.
The verbal and visual representation of mental disorders and states like psychopathy and obsession is depicted with plain words like “crazy” and illogical behaviour. However, what actually the episodes achieve is to make you laugh, sympathise and empathise the characters but also give you a different approach of visual and verbal representation of mental illness that is appealing, charming and simply loveable.
C. Jones. (1939). Duffy Duck and the Dinosaur. United States: Warner Bros. Pictures
C. Jones. (1943). To Duck or not to Duck. United States: Warner Bros. Pictures
F. Freleng. (1043). Yankee Doodle Daffy. United States: Warner Bros. Pictures