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Peck Up Your Troubles
Peck trouble
Directed By: Friz Freleng
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: October 20, 1945
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Michael Maltese
Tedd Pierce
Animation: Virgil Ross
Gerry Chiniquy
Manuel Perez (uncredited)
Ken Champin
Layouts: Hawley Pratt
Paul Julian
Backgrounds: Hawley Pratt
Paul Julian
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Sylvester
Hector the Bulldog
Preceded By: The Bashful Buzzard
Succeeded By: Hare Tonic
Merrie Melodies - Peck up your troubles06:44

Merrie Melodies - Peck up your troubles

Peck Up Your Troubles is a 1945 Merrie Melodies, silent animated short featuring Sylvester and directed by Friz Freleng.


Sylvester is determined to get a woodpecker that just moved in, high in a tree. He climbs, but the bird greases the tree; he starts to cut it down, but a mean dog stops him (this becomes a running gag). Several other attempts follow; at one point, he puts his paw into the bird's home, and the bird puts a tomato there; Sylvester squishes it, and the bird dresses as an angel to torment him, but Sylvester sees through the disguise. Finally, Sylvester tries to blow up the tree; the dog again intervenes. Sylvester gets the dynamite off the tree and puts out the fuses, but the bird has lit them again, and now Sylvester really becomes an angel.


  • On Cartoon Network and Boomerang in the United States, the part where Sylvester holds the gun to his head and attempts to shoot himself after the "angel" woodpecker gives him the gun (only for Sylvester to realize he's been duped and blast the woodpecker in the rear end) was cut.[1] This scene however airs uncensored on overseas Cartoon Network and Boomerang channels, as evident in the video on the page here.


  • The Russian dub on 2*2 has the 1941-55 MM ending theme instead of the special rendition first heard in The Wacky Wabbit.[2]
  • The little woodpecker would reappear in A Peck o' Trouble in 1953.
  • This is the first cartoon where Sylvester chases birds for food. This is also the first cartoon where Sylvester doesn't speak.
  • The woodpecker was originally set to be a recurring character who would be paired with Sylvester by Friz Freleng, but after taking over Bob Clampett's unproduced 4th Tweety cartoon project (which pairs Tweety with Sylvester for the first time), Freleng decided that the woodpecker will be replaced by Tweety as Sylvester's most prominent co-star. Although the idea was initially objected by producer Eddie Selzer, Selzer then allowed Freleng to use Tweety in place of the woodpecker, which ultimately earned the WB cartoon studio its first Academy Award.
  • This marks Sylvester's first death. He would later die in I Taw A Putty Tat, Back Alley Oproar, Mouse Mazurka, Tweety's S.O.S., Tweety's Circus, Trick or Tweet, Tweet and Lovely, Rebel Without Claws, and The Wild Chase.
  • Both US and EU "dubbed versions" preserve the original ending card, unlike most dubbed version cartoons.
  • It was reissued in 1951 about six years after its release date. Like most reissued Merrie Melodies at the time, the original closing card was kept.
  • The USA dubbed version shown in CN Latin America, has red borders, and the EU dubbed version on the video infobox has blue borders.
  • This is Sylvester's second appearance. In this cartoon, he is coloured a little differently to his classic black and white colouring - here he is black and light grey.
  • This is the first appearance of Hector the Bulldog. However, a dog with the same appearance, Butch, appears in a 1944 short Birdy and the Beast.


  1. The Censored Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies Guide: P


Sylvester Cartoons
1945 Life with FeathersPeck Up Your Troubles
1946 Kitty Kornered
1947 Tweetie PieCrowing PainsDoggone CatsCatch as Cats Can
1948 Back Alley OproarI Taw a Putty TatHop, Look and ListenKit For CatScaredy Cat
1949 Mouse MazurkaBad Ol' Putty TatHippety Hopper
1950 Home Tweet HomeThe Scarlet PumpernickelAll a Bir-r-r-rdCanary RowStooge for a MousePop 'Im Pop!
1951 Canned FeudPutty Tat TroubleRoom and BirdTweety's S.O.S.Tweet Tweet Tweety
1952 Who's Kitten Who?Gift WrappedLittle Red Rodent HoodAin't She TweetHoppy Go LuckyA Bird in a Guilty CageTree for Two
1953 Snow BusinessA Mouse DividedFowl WeatherTom Tom TomcatA Street Cat Named SylvesterCatty CorneredCats A-Weigh
1954 Dog PoundedBell HoppyDr. Jerkyl's HideClaws for AlarmMuzzle ToughSatan's Waitin'By Word of Mouse
1955 Lighthouse MouseSandy ClawsTweety's CircusJumpin' JupiterClaws for AlarmA Kiddies KittySpeedy GonzalesRed Riding HoodwinkedHeir-ConditionedPappy's Puppy
1956 Too Hop to HandleTweet and SourTree Cornered TweetyThe Unexpected PestTugboat GrannyThe Slap-Hoppy MouseYankee Dood It
1957 Tweet ZooTweety and the BeanstalkBirds AnonymousGreedy For TweetyMouse-Taken IdentityGonzales' Tamales
1958 A Pizza Tweety PieA Bird in a Bonnet
1959 Trick or TweetTweet and LovelyCat's PawHere Today, Gone TamaleTweet Dreams
1960 West of the PesosGoldimouse and the Three CatsHyde and Go TweetMouse and GardenTrip For Tat
1961 Cannery WoeHoppy DazeBirds of a FatherD' Fightin' OnesThe Rebel Without ClawsThe Pied Piper of GuadalupeThe Last Hungry Cat
1962 Fish and SlipsMexican BoardersThe Jet Cage
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili WeatherClaws In The Lease
1964 A Message to GraciasFreudy CatNuts and VoltsHawaiian Aye AyeRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild Chase
1966 A Taste of Catnip
1995 Carrotblanca
1997 Father of the Bird
2011 I Tawt I Taw A Putty Tat

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