The High and the Flighty
Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Eddie Selzer
Released: February 18, 1956
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Ted Bonnicksen
Russ Dyson
Keith Darling
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: Daffy Duck
Foghorn Leghorn
Barnyard Dawg
Preceded By: Weasel Stop
Succeeded By: Broom-Stick Bunny
The High and the Flighty (Commentary)

The High and the Flighty (Commentary)

The High and the Flighty is a 1956 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson.


The title is a play on the 1954 Warner Brothers film The High and the Mighty starring John Wayne.


Foghorn lifts Dawg by the tail and slaps his rear end with a board so that the dog will chase him. The dog is in pursuit but reaches the end of his leash and is jerked to a stop. Foghorn then takes a beach ball, stuffs it in the dog's mouth, and punctures it, causing the dog to fly away. As Foghorn leaves he walks past a wooden tower with a sign that reads "Don't Look Up". Foghorn naturally looks up just in time to see the dog drop a watermelon on Foghorn's head. Foghorn contemplates "massive retaliation" against his nemesis. Daffy, a traveling salesman for the Ace Novelty Company of Walla Walla, Washington, has been watching their antics and seizes his opportunity. He enters with his traveling salesman suitcase of novelty joke items and offers to help Foghorn prank the dog by selling him a trick bone that is spring-loaded.

The prank works and Daffy then intervenes to help the dog get back at Foghorn with a gift-wrapped corn-on-the-cob that is connected to an electrical wire, defeathering the rooster. 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."



  • This is one of the few shorts in which Barnyard Dawg gets along with Foghorn Leghorn.
  • Only pairing with Daffy and Foghorn Leghorn in the Golden Age of American Animation
  • 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).
  • This cartoon was re-released into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program on May 16, 1964. This was Daffy's final cartoon to be re-released (re-released order not release order).
  • This is one of few shorts in which Foghorn Leghorn "wins" out on another character, Daffy is the loser in this case.
  • This cartoon marks the second featherless scene of Foghorn Leghorn, after "Little Boy Boo" and before "Crockett-Doodle-Do".
  • Production Number: 1392
  • MPAA Number: 17577


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Preceded by
Weasel Stop
Foghorn Leghorn cartoons
Succeeded by
Raw! Raw! Rooster!
Daffy Duck Cartoons
1937 Porky's Duck Hunt
1938 Daffy Duck & EggheadWhat Price PorkyPorky & DaffyThe Daffy DocDaffy Duck in Hollywood
1939 Daffy Duck and the DinosaurScalp TroubleWise QuacksNaughty Neighbors
1940 Porky's Last StandYou Ought to Be in Pictures
1941 A Coy DecoyThe Henpecked Duck
1942 Conrad the SailorDaffy's Southern ExposureThe Impatient PatientThe Daffy DuckarooMy Favorite Duck
1943 To Duck .... or Not to DuckThe Wise Quacking DuckYankee Doodle DaffyPorky Pig's FeatScrap Happy DaffyA Corny ConcertoDaffy - The Commando
1944 Tom Turk and DaffyTick Tock TuckeredDuck Soup to NutsSlightly DaffyPlane DaffyThe Stupid Cupid
1945 Draftee DaffyAin't That DuckyNasty Quacks
1946 Book RevueBaby BottleneckDaffy DoodlesHollywood DaffyThe Great Piggy Bank Robbery
1947 The Birth of a NotionAlong Came DaffyA Pest in the HouseMexican Joyride
1948 What Makes Daffy DuckDaffy Duck Slept HereThe Up-Standing SitterYou Were Never DuckierDaffy DillyThe Stupor SalesmanRiff Raffy Daffy
1949 Wise QuackersHoliday for DrumsticksDaffy Duck Hunt
1950 Boobs in the WoodsThe Scarlet PumpernickelHis Bitter HalfGolden YeggsThe Ducksters
1951 Rabbit FireDrip-Along DaffyThe Prize Pest
1952 Thumb FunCracked QuackRabbit SeasoningThe Super SnooperFool Coverage
1953 Duck AmuckMuscle TussleDuck Dodgers in the 24½th CenturyDuck! Rabbit, Duck!
1954 Design for LeavingQuack ShotMy Little Duckaroo
1955 Beanstalk BunnySahara HareStork NakedThis Is a Life?Dime to Retire
1956 The High and the FlightyRocket SquadStupor DuckA Star Is BoredDeduce, You Say
1957 Ali Baba BunnyBoston QuackieDucking the DevilShow Biz Bugs
1958 Don't Axe MeRobin Hood Daffy
1959 China JonesPeople Are BunnyApes of Wrath
1960 Person to Bunny
1961 The Abominable Snow RabbitDaffy's Inn Trouble
1962 Quackodile TearsGood Noose
1963 Fast Buck DuckThe Million HareAqua Duck
1964 The Iceman Ducketh
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around the HouseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffySuppressed DuckCorn on the CopTease for TwoChili Corn CornyGo Go Amigo
1966 The AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of Catnip
1967 Daffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta Fiasco
1968 Skyscraper CaperSee Ya Later Gladiator
1980 The Yolks on YouThe Chocolate ChaseDaffy Flies NorthDuck Dodgers and the Return of the 24½th Century
1987 The Duxorcist
1988 The Night of the Living Duck
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 Blooper Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
1995 Carrotblanca
1996 Superior Duck
2003 Attack of the Drones
2004 Daffy Duck for President
2012 Daffy's Rhapsody
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 Weasel!Of 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
2004 Cock-a-Doodle Duel

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