Detouring America
Directed By: Fred Avery
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: August 26, 1939
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Jack Miller
Animation: Rollin Hamilton
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Robert C. Bruce
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Narrator
Mr. Butterfinger
Cow Puncher
Full-Grown Papoose
Prairie Dog
Preceded By: Hare-um Scare-um
Succeeded By: Porky's Hotel
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Detouring America is a 1939 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Tex Avery.


This short subject introduces a tour of the United States to the audience, which includes recurring checks on the progress of the human fly climbing the Empire State Building. Also featured in this short subject are jokes and gags on the Everglades, the Wyoming prairies, Alaska, a California prospector, Sioux Indians and a Jerry Colona-esque (literal) Texas cow-puncher. In the end, the narrator and the audience check back on the human fly, who has almost made it to the top of the Empire State Building. When the narrator tells him to say a word to the audience, he yells "HELP!"


  • LaserDisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 5, Side 2, Early Avery (USA 1995 Turner print)
  • DVD - Each Dawn I Die (USA 1995 Turner print added as bonus)


  • A poor, black hitchhiker at the North Pole, singing "Carry Me Back to Ol' Virginny", and an Eskimo sends him back by taking him all the way back to the Virginia state line.
  • Although the Native American segment is not removed entirely (there had been rumors that it was, but those were proven false), only one scene from the segment is cut: An Indian mother dealing with the dopey, oversized, adult son she's carrying on her back.


  • Detouring America's original ending card was never released on any home video format, but the original ending titles do exist on the censored a.a.p. print.
  • This cartoon is the second to feature the WARNER BROS. font without the yellow banner. The first is "Wise Quacks". This would be another prototype WARNER BROS. design. This is also one of three cartoons to have WARNER BROS. not on a banner with the 1938-39 Color Rings.