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Ducking the Devil
Merrie Melodies (Daffy Duck) series
Directed by Robert McKimson
Produced by Edward Selzer
Story by Tedd Pierce
Voices by Mel Blanc
Music by Milt Franklyn
Animation by George Grandpre
Ted Bonnicksen
Layouts by Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds by William Butler
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s) August 17, 1957
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6:36
Language English

Ducking The Devil is a 1957 Merrie Melodies animated cartoon with Daffy Duck and the Tasmanian Devil.


At a zoo, a cage was reserved for Taz. He soon escapes and runs amok. Meanwhile, Daffy is at home in his duck pond, and reads about Taz's escape in a Newspaper. Taz soon finds him and gives chase after the black mallard. While fleeing from Taz's hungry jaws, Daffy hears a news bulletin posting a $5,000 reward for the Tasmanian Devil's return which also says Taz becomes docile when exposed to music. After failing with a radio (the extension cord doesn't go too far), a trombone (Daffy loses the slide) and bagpipes (apparently the only music Taz doesn't like), Daffy eventually resorts to using his own voice to calm the devil. Eventually, after serenading him for ten miles, Daffy leads Taz to his cage, slamming the door on the beast just as he finished his song. After Taz grabs some of the Duck's reward money which slipped on the ground, Daffy rushes inside the cage screaming his famous line "its mine, mine all mine", and beats him up, and reassures the audience that he may be a coward, "but I'm a greeeedy little coward."


"Ducking the Devil" is available on the Looney Tunes Superstars DVD. However, it was cropped to widescreen. It was also included in Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Vol. 1, this time in the ratio in which it was originally animated.


"Zookeeper Burton", mentioned by a radio announcer in a newsflash that Daffy is listening to, is possibly a reference to Warners production manager John Burton. (It is rather funny that, even at this late date, the aging remnants of the old Termite Terrace gang would still be referring to themselves and their studio as a "zoo".)

This is one of several WB cartoons that uses the gag of receiving a package immediately after placing the order in the mailbox.

This was the only Golden Age Warner Bros. cartoon where Taz's adversary was a character other than Bugs Bunny (in this case, Daffy Duck).

A small amount of footage from both Bedeviled Rabbit and Wild Over You is reused in this cartoon.

A running gag is that Taz acts the character about whom the music plays-for example he mimics an stage Irishman with pipe when Daffy sings When Irish Eyes Are Smiling.

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Category:1957 films Category:Merrie Melodies shorts Category:Films directed by Robert McKimson Category:1950s American animated films