Here Today, Gone Tamale

Here Today, Gone Tamale is a 1959 Warner Bros. Looney Tunes animated short, directed by Friz Freleng.[1] The short was released on August 29, 1959, and stars Speedy Gonzales and Sylvester.[2]

Here Today, Gone Tamale
Directed byFriz Freleng
Produced byJohn W. Burton (uncredited)
Story byMichael Maltese
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation by
Layouts byHawley Pratt
Backgrounds byTom O'Loughlin
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
Release date
  • August 29, 1959 (1959-08-29) (USA)
Running time
6 minutes
CountryUnited States


At a Mexican shipping port all the mice are starving to death. Suddenly a ship arriving from Switzerland with a cargo fill with cheese docks. They smell the cheese and race toward the ship, only to be chase away by Sylvester, who's hired to guard all the cheese. The mice suggest that the only mouse to get by Sylvester is Speedy Gonzales. He is called to help get the cheese to the mice. Sylvester challenges Speedy to get by. Which he did. Speedy goes back and forth to deliver the mice the cheese. All attempts to stop Speedy (from netting him to using a guillotine) fail. The final shot shows the mice happy with all their food as they dance in celebration. Sylvester sees this and declares "well, if you can beat them, join them I always say", which he did by wearing mouse ears and dance with the mice. Speedy sees this and claim the cat has "gone loco in the cabeza" and joins in the dancing as well as the cartoon ends.


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 319. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  2. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. p. 137. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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