[[caption-width-right:300:Guess which half of the title ''he'' is.]]

''The Devil and Daniel Mouse'' is an [[SugarWiki/NeedsMoreLove obscure]] 1978 HalloweenSpecial from Creator/{{Nelvana}}, loosely based on ''Literature/TheDevilAndDanielWebster''. It's about a pair of folk-singing country mice, Dan and Jan, who aren't pulling in money. However, Jan makes a contract with a shady... Reptile... Thing named [[LouisCypher B.L. Zebubb]] and becomes a rock superstar. It turns out B.L. is really [[{{Satan}} The Devil]], and after Jan's greatest success, he comes for her soul at midnight. The special inspired Nelvana to make the slightly better-known ''[[WesternAnimation/RockAndRule Rock & Rule]]'' - and the special is included in the deluxe DVD release of the film as well.

The studio had also worked on another (in)famous 1978 special: ''Film/TheStarWarsHolidaySpecial''. They contributed the Boba Fett animated segment.


* AffablyEvil: B.L. is rather affable despite being, yannow, the devil!
** FauxAffablyEvil: He's smiling and pleasant even when hunting someone down to take their soul to Hell, but if even the smallest thing doesn't go his way, the mask comes off.
* AmbiguouslyGay / CampGay: Wheez Weasel, B.L.'s henchman, seems to be rather flamboyant in a Creator/PaulLynde-ish manner! He even sounds like him!
** Though he does have women hanging off of him during the montage sequences.
* AnimationBump: The special is REALLY well-animated for something from UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation produced for TV!
* BerserkButton: B.L. flips out whenever a technicality is used against him.
* CatsAreMean: B.L. shapeshifts into a cat while chasing Jan.
* ClothingDamage: Jan's fancy outfit becomes more and more tattered as she tries to escape B. L.
* DealWithTheDevil: Obviously.
* DeathFromAbove[=/=]FeatheredFiend: When he arrives to claim Jan's soul, B.L. has shapeshifted into an owl.
* DelayedReaction
--> '''Jan''': "What have you been doing?"
--> '''Daniel''': "Traveling around. Writing songs. How 'bout you?"
--> '''Jan''': "I sold my soul to the Devil!"
--> '''Daniel''': "Yeah?" ({{Beat}}) '''''What!?'''''
* EvilSoundsDeep: But of course!
* ExactWords: Jan manages to buy a little more time by saying her soul isn't forfeit until midnight, which fortunately gives her enough time to find Dan.
* {{Facepalm}}: B.L. does this twice in the special due to Wheez's bumbling.
* AFormYouAreComfortableWith: When B.L. first emerges from the underworld, he's a glorious but terrifying dragon thing made of golden fire. Wisely, he takes a less imposing form when he approaches Jan.
* FatBastard: B.L. is rather portly.
* HeelFaceTurn: It's not certain if Jan's backup band is made up of damned souls or demons or what, but in the end they provide encouragement to Daniel and Jan, and even play back-up during Daniel's song. Redemption apparently earns them a ticket out of Hell.
** Also the jury and even Wheez, but they don't get away.
** Some dialouge suggests the backup band really is just a backup band; they at one point abandon Jan after their paychecks bounce, which even suggests B.L. has no claim over them.
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: B.L. mockingly agrees to a trial, and in spite of cheating in order to get around certain technicalities is forced to abide by the jury's verdict.
* JuryOfTheDamned
* LaughablyEvil: Wheez is this, for the most part.
* LonelyAtTheTop: Jan finds this to be true, and even devotes one of her songs to it after hitting it big.
* LouisCypher: B.L. Zebubb.
* ReadTheFinePrint: Jan at least ''tries'' to do this.
* {{Satan}}: B.L. Zebubb
* TalkingTheMonsterToDeath: Or rather, singing.
* TheDragon: Wheez, more or less.
* TheSeventies: And does it ever show in the wardrobes!
** Not to mention the songs, the art style, the slang - basically everything.
* ToothyBird: In his owl form, B.L. retains his teeth in some shots.
* VoluntaryShapeshifting: When he's chasing Jan to claim her soul, B.L. shapeshifts into an owl, a cat, a piranha, a rhino, and a tree.
* WeirdnessCensor: Daniel doesn't seem to find anything out of the ordinary when a door knocker at Jan's mansion morphs into Wheez's head and starts talking to him.
* WhenTreesAttack: B.L. finally catches Jan by turning into a tree.