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VOICE OVER: Rebecca Brayton WRITTEN BY: Izhan Arif
Are you talking to me? Welcome to MsMojo, and today we're counting down our picks for the greatest times “Looney Tunes” peeled back the curtain. Some minor spoilers might be ahead. Our countdown includes moments from “My Favorite Duck”, “Rabbit Rampage”, "Hare Tonic" and more!

Welcome to MsMojo, and today we’re counting down our picks for the greatest times “Looney Tunes” peeled back the curtain. Some minor spoilers might be ahead. Is there an infamous wall break we missed? Let us know in the comments!

#10: Cracking a Joke to the Audience at Daffy & Elmer’s Expense

“Box-Office Bunny” (1991)

When Bugs is ordered to leave the movie theater by Elmer Fudd for not paying, he torments both Elmer and later Daffy through a picture-perfect plan. He traps them inside one of the horror movies, and as they scream for their lives, Bugs turns to the camera and cracks a joke. Bugs talking to the viewer during the scene is a fun way to wrap the comically bizarre sketch up. But Bugs should definitely know better than to talk while a movie is still playing! Come on, that’s basic movie theater etiquette!

#9: That Pesky Guy in the Third Row

“The Case of the Stuttering Pig” (1937)

During “The Case of the Stuttering Pig,” Porky and his family are tormented when their lawyer named Goodwill turns into a foul monster out for their inheritance. While scheming, our resident bad guy warns the viewers not to try and help out the pigs. Goodwill doubles down by then specifically calling out one of the people in the crowd. There’s nothing worse than an unruly member of the audience, but in this case, it was a blessing. This pesky guy stepped in despite the warnings and helped stop Goodwill for good. Not only was the fourth wall broken, but the pigs also ended up getting saved because of it.

#8: Were We Supposed to Expect a Happy Ending?

“What’s Opera, Doc?” (1957)

In “What’s Opera, Doc?”, Elmer Fudd shockingly murders poor Bugs Bunny. Shortly after, he begins to show extreme remorse over his actions. As Elmer begins to carry the fallen bunny away, Bugs seemingly revives himself just to question the audience. As far as fourth wall breaks go, it’s another inventive yet slightly morbid one given the circumstances of what happened. While none of us would expect Elmer to get one over on Bugs, maybe the bunny’s right that we shouldn’t be surprised by the grim ending. After all, if there’s one thing to be sure of, it’s that operas are pretty sad!

#7: Tormented by a Mysterious Force

“Duck Amuck” (1953)

Sometimes people can be known for being divas but the mysterious individual in “Duck Amuck” might have to take the cake as one of the most difficult people to work with. Throughout the short, Daffy and his environment are torn apart. Props get changed, scenery gets replaced, and even Daffy isn’t safe from the threat of more erasers and paintbrushes ruining everything. Eventually, the person messing around behind the scenes is later revealed to be none other than Bugs Bunny. “Duck Amuck” is a shining example of not just breaking the fourth wall but completely demolishing it with incredible creativity. It just goes to show that the ones who hold the most power in “Looney Tunes” are the ones telling the story.

#6: Tricking Us All into Thinking We Have Rabbititis

“Hare Tonic” (1945)

Nothing to see here, folks! Just good old Bugs Bunny gaslighting all of us. To avoid Elmer Fudd cooking him, Bugs manipulates him into believing that a disease called rabbititis is spreading. But scaring Elmer away isn’t the real kicker, in the end, Bugs may have ended up scaring us too. That’s because when he describes the symptoms, which include seeing yellow-and-red spots swirling around in your vision, they then appear on the screen as the camera begins to fade. There’s no way anyone can actually get “rabbititis,” but this cheeky attempt to pull the wool over our eyes might’ve made us second-guess ourselves for a few seconds.

#5: Another Mysterious Force Gets Up to No Good

“Rabbit Rampage” (1955)

If “Duck Amuck” sees Bugs tormenting Daffy, then “Rabbit Rampage” sees the script getting flipped completely. This time it’s Bugs who becomes the tormented one. He experiences a litany of wall-breaking changes like the usual backdrop alterations and wardrobe transformations. But it also goes further by having the animator try to put Bugs’ job in jeopardy. It all makes a lot more sense once you learn that Elmer is the one pulling the strings. Or maybe brushes are more accurate? While Bugs is pushed to his limit, you can’t help but feel like it’s karma considering he did this same thing to Daffy. Not so fun getting figuratively and literally painted in a negative light is it, Bugs?

#4: Animators Abandon the Story

“Ride Him, Bosko!” (1932)

There are stories falling apart and then there are stories totally derailing in front of our eyes. As Bosko the Talk-Ink Kid attempts to rescue his girlfriend Honey from danger, things take a turn. Right at the height of the drama, the short suddenly switches from the characters to the animators. As Rudy Ising, Norman Blackburn, and Hugh Harman debate how to resolve the plot, they decide to just… stop production. That’s right, they essentially abandoned Bosko! You could say that this fourth wall break leaves things on quite the cliffhanger. Not only that, it’s actually a wall break that has a lot of significance for Warner Brothers. That’s because this is their first short to have a mixture of both animation and live-action. It’s creative and historic!

#3: Technical Difficulties

“My Favorite Duck” (1942)

As Daffy Duck and Porky Pig get into a scuffle, their story begins to wind down a rocky road. Near the end of the short, the screen gets wonky, and eventually, everything goes white. Daffy then appears to the audience to let them know that due to these technical difficulties, they can’t continue. Nobody likes it when a story is cut off abruptly! Fortunately, though, this wall break doesn’t detract from the story too long. Because even though they’re stuck in a white void, Porky still manages to continue his beef with Daffy. It seems like not even going completely meta is enough to distract Porky! Remind us not to piss this pig off.

#2: Ripping up the Title Card

“Tortoise Beats Hare” (1941)

One of the most notorious wall breaks in “Looney Tunes” has to be from “Tortoise Beats Hare.” Within the opening credits, Bugs finds the title card and happens to take great offense to it. In his anger, he rips the title card apart and searches for Cecil Turtle. It’s a wall break that doesn’t just add a comical way to move through the credits, but also pokes fun at Bugs’ anger and arrogance. If you don’t like the title so much Bugs then maybe take it up with the studio, don’t take your frustrations out on some innocent title cards!

#1: Daffy Brings Out the Script

“Ain’t That Ducky” (1945)

“Ain’t That Ducky” shows the importance of always remembering the right details. As Daffy runs from a hunter, he takes time to point out inconsistencies with how the story is playing out. Pulling out the script, Daffy calls the animator out for forgetting to draw the barrel he needs to hide in. How often is the fourth wall broken just so a character can completely berate the animator? That sure is an awful lot of confidence Daffy has when talking down someone who can destroy him with the swipe of an eraser! But despite that, Daffy’s complaints ultimately work as a barrel is soon drawn into the scene. Always stick to the script, it could save your life!