If you’re more or less the same age as I am, you probably grew up on a generous diet of Warner Bros. cartoons and their prolific third wall-breaking. Tiny Toons, Animaniacs, Histeria! and Freakazoid! all went as meta as they could, considering their target demographic and that group’s still-forming brains, but it’s important to appreciate how far back this tradition goes in Warner Bros. animation. The short “Duck Amuck” demonstrates that the trend of breaking through frames of reference and just generally having fun working within and escaping out of animation.
Please watch it in its entirety:
I enjoy how it’s funny while menacing and also as surreal as hell — or, in short, everything a cartoon should be. What a fun break from the work-a-day misery of a Monday immediately before a holiday weekend, no?