THE NIGHT OF THE LIVING DUCK (1987) Animated short

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The Night of the Living Duck is a six minute 1987 animated Merrie Melodies cartoon starring Daffy Duck, directed by Greg Ford and Terry Lennon.

It was released to theatres as a part of Daffy Duck’s Quackbusters on September 24, 1988.


Daffy Duck, a horror fanatic, is reading a scary comic book called “Hideous Tales” (issue #176). The comic’s “Noseman” story ends in a cliffhanger, and Daffy rifles his bookcase looking for the next issue (“It’s a veritable collector’s item!”). While doing so however, a monster clock falls, knocking him out.


This causes him to have a dream where he’s the featured act in a nightclub. All the customers at the nightclub are classic movie monsters, including Count Dracula, the Brides of Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, Bride of Frankenstein, Invisible Man, Creature from the Black Lagoon, The Blob, Medusa, The Fly, The Wolfman, The Mummy/Imhotep, Leatherface, Headless Horseman, two Cyclopes, some skeletons, a Two-Headed Human, and of course Godzilla.

Daffy appears unable to sing, but fortunately there was a bottle of “Eau de Tormé” in Daffy’s dressing room, which makes him sing like Mel Tormé. After drinking the spray’s entire contents for maximum effect, he sings “Monsters Lead Such Interesting Lives” to the room, and they love it. Then he goes around the room, greeting the patrons, but his good-natured ribbing of “Smogzilla” doesn’t go over well with the giant lizard who eats Daffy.


Daffy wakes up, to find himself stuck in a wastebasket, along with the comic he was looking for (Hideous Tales issue #177), with “Smogzilla” on the cover. Daffy scoffs, and the Smogzilla on the cover comes to life saying “You were expecting maybe Calvin Coolidge?”

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