Sylvester is in pursuit of Tweety, chasing him to the top of a building. Sylvester falls from the building but grabs some of Tweety's feathers to help him fly Tweety takes them back, and he crashes onto the sidewalk, which cracks, and he dies. The spirit of his first life approaches two escalators and takes the "down" one, since the one going "up" is roped off, and ends up in Hell. A Satanic bulldog welcomes a terrified Sylvester. He realizes that he must goad Sylvester into giving up his remaining eight lives, so he asks #1 to sit on a bench to wait for the others.
Sylvester wakes up and Tweety tells him he's in trouble for breaking the sidewalk. Sylvester has had enough and tells Tweety he doesn't even know what "trouble" is and orders him to get lost. The bulldog's spirit reminds him that he has eight lives left, so Sylvester starts the chase up again. He chases Tweety around a moving steamroller but gets flattened, sending life #2 through the street and into Hades. The flat #2 gets up and sits beside #1.
The chase then continues through an amusement park. They both run into a dog's mouth entranceway to the fun house, but Sylvester steps back out, takes one look at the dog and is literally frightened to death. As scared-white-as-a-sheet life #3 takes his place on the waiting bench, the cat recovers and finds Tweety amongst the moving targets in a shooting gallery. He climbs into the targets to get at his prey but is shot several times in rapid succession. With each shot, lives 4 through 7 pop up on the bench. Sylvester bursts out of the gallery after narrowly missing another shot and sees Tweety heading towards the roller coaster. As Tweety sits in the front seat, proclaiming "that puddy tat will never find me here", the cat takes the seat directly behind him. The train ascends the lift hill and proceeds to go through the drops and turns. Near the end of the ride on straight track, Sylvester stands up. Just as he's about to pummel an unsuspecting Tweety, Sylvester slams into the entranceway of a tunnel. Upon impact, the train carrying life #8 in the front seat runs through the tunnel and down Hades' twisted conveyor route that took Sylvester's first life down earlier.
Recovering, Sylvester realized that he only has one life left. The bulldog again goads him to go after Tweety, but Sylvester screams "No, no, no! I don't want him! I don't want him!" and runs off. He decides to move into a bank vault with several cans of food, commenting that he'll be safe in there and nothing will happen to him. Later that night, two bank robbers try to break into the safe, but fail when they use too much nitroglycerin and end up killing themselves and Sylvester. As the three of them go down the escalator conveyor to Hades, one of the robbers tells the other, "Yer used too much, Mugsy." The disgruntled #9 adds: "Now he tells him!"
- The version of this cartoon shown in CBS' The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Show had two parts edited:
- Sylvester trying to get Tweety on a moving rollercoaster and ends up losing his eighth life when he hits the top of the tunnel. The CBS-edited version shows Sylvester speeding towards the tunnel, followed by an abrupt cut to Sylvester's eighth life riding a rollercoaster car into Hell.
- The ending where Sylvester holes himself in a bank vault with food and water so he won't be tempted into losing his final life, only to lose it when two bumbling safe-crackers use too much nitroglycerine to blow up the vault. The CBS-edited version ends the cartoon after the devil dog urges Sylvester to go after Tweety and Sylvester shouts, "No, no, no! I don't want him! I don't want him!"
- In the scene where Sylvester loses four lives in the shooting gallery, he is actually shot five times. Somehow, the first shot does not cost him a life. After the second shot, the scene cuts over to the waiting bench. Life #4 is there as a result of that second shot, then #5, #6, and #7 appear alongside one another.
- The cartoon's plot was reworked nine years later as the Bugs Bunny short "Devil's Feud Cake", although unlike this cartoon Devil's Feud Cake is a "cheater" that uses footage from previous cartoons.
- The title of this cartoon is also the name of the first act in Friz Freleng's Looney Looney Looney Bugs Bunny Movie. In this film's first act, Yosemite Sam is the one going into Hell, much like "Devil's Feud Cake". The devil dog pit from this cartoon was used in the movie as well.
- The opening title music was re-used in "The Night of the Living Duck" as well as the opening in Daffy Duck's Quackbusters.
- "Satan's Waitin'" at the SFX Resource
|← Muzzle Tough||Sylvester Cartoons||By Word of Mouse →|
|1942||A Tale of Two Kitties|
|1944||Birdy and the Beast|
|1945||A Gruesome Twosome|
|1948||I Taw a Putty Tat|
|1949||Bad Ol' Putty Tat|
|1950||Home, Tweet Home • All a Bir-r-r-d • Canary Row|
|1951||Putty Tat Trouble • Room and Bird • Tweety's S.O.S. • Tweet Tweet Tweety|
|1952||Gift Wrapped • Ain't She Tweet • A Bird in a Guilty Cage|
|1953||Snow Business • Fowl Weather • Tom Tom Tomcat • A Street Cat Named Sylvester • Catty Cornered|
|1954||Dog Pounded • Muzzle Tough • Satan's Waitin'|
|1955||Sandy Claws • Tweety's Circus • Red Riding Hoodwinked • Heir-Conditioned|
|1956||Tweet and Sour • Tree Cornered Tweety • Tugboat Granny|
|1957||Tweet Zoo • Tweety and the Beanstalk • Birds Anonymous • Greedy for Tweety|
|1958||A Pizza Tweety-Pie • A Bird in a Bonnet|
|1959||Trick or Tweet • Tweet and Lovely • Tweet Dreams|
|1960||Hyde and Go Tweet • Trip for Tat|
|1961||The Rebel Without Claws • The Last Hungry Cat|
|1962||The Jet Cage|
|1964||Hawaiian Aye Aye|
|2011||I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat|