The High and the Flighty

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The High and the Flighty
General information
Series: Merrie Melodies
Starring: Daffy Duck
Foghorn Leghorn
Barnyard Dawg
Directed by: Robert McKimson
Produced by:
Written by:
Animation by: Kuss Dyson
Voices by: Mel Blanc
Layouts by:
Backgrounds by:


The High and the Flighty is a 1955 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies cartoon animated short featuring Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, and the Barnyard Dawg. Released in 1956, the cartoon is directed by Robert McKimson. The title is a parody of the 1954 Warner Brothers film The High and the Mighty starring John Wayne.

Plot[edit]

Daffy Duck is a traveling salesman for the Ace Novelty Company of Walla Walla, Washington, when he witnesses Foghorn Leghorn and The Barnyard Dog in one of their familiar alternating scraps. Foghorn is seen awakening the dog by lifting him up by the tail and repeatedly slapping his rear end with a board which causes the dog to chase him. The dog is in pursuit but reaches a painted white line with a sign that reads "Rope Limit" which causes the dog to be jerked to a stop by the rope around his neck. Foghorn then takes a rubber ball and stuffs it in the dog's mouth, then punctures the ball with a needle causing the dog to fly away. As Foghorn leaves he walks past a wooden tower with a sign the reads "Don't Look Up". Foghorn naturally looks and sees the dog perched on the tower holding a watermelon which the dog releases, causing it to break over Foghorn's head. The dog's prank prompts Foghorn to contemplate "massive retaliation" against his nemesis.

Daffy enters with his traveling salesman suitcase of novelty joke items and offers to help Foghorn get back at the dog by selling him a trick bone that is spring-loaded. The prank works and Daffy then intervenes to help the dog retaliate against Foghorn with a gift-wrapped corn-on-the-cob that is connected to an electrical wire. Naturally, Foghorn wants to get back at the dog with an even bigger prank and Daffy sells him something called the Chattanooga Choo-Choo which ends up backfiring on Foghorn. To make up for the Chattanooga Choo-Choo, Daffy offers to sell Foghorn an elaborate prank called the Pipe Full Of Fun Kit Number 7, which Foghorn purchases. As Foghorn is setting up the trap, he sees the dog setting up the same trap to use against him, and they both realize that Daffy has been playing them against each other (and enriching himself in the process). Foghorn and the dog join forces to go after Daffy, who attempts to flee but is instead victimized by the Pipe Full Of Fun Kit, and Foghorn asks "You know, there might I say there just might be a market for bottled duck.".

Trivia[edit]

This is one of the Cartoons which Barnyard Dawg is getting along with Foghorn Leghorn.

Notes[edit]

Daffy Duck's role as a traveling salesman is similar to his roles in Daffy Dilly (1948), The Stupor Salesman (1948), and Design for Leaving (1954).

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Succession[edit]

Preceded by
Weasel Stop
Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
1956
Succeeded by
Raw! Raw! Rooster!
Foghorn Leghorn Cartoons
1946 Walky Talky Hawky
1947 Crowing Pains
1948 The Foghorn Leghorn
1949 Henhouse Henery
1950 The Leghorn Blows at MidnightA Fractured Leghorn
1951 Leghorn SwoggledLovelorn Leghorn
1952 Sock-a-Doodle-DoThe Egg-Cited Rooster
1953 Plop Goes the WeaselOf Rice and Hen
1954 Little Boy Boo
1955 Feather DustedAll Fowled Up
1956 Weasel StopThe High and the FlightyRaw! Raw! Rooster!
1957 Fox Terror
1958 Feather BlusterWeasel While You Work
1959 A Broken Leghorn
1960 Crockett-Doodle-DoThe Dixie Fryer
1961 Strangled Eggs
1962 The Slick ChickMother was a Rooster
1963 Banty Raids
1964 False Hare
1996 Superior Duck
1997 Pullet Surprise