Peck Up Your Troubles

Peck Up Your Troubles is a 1945 Warner Bros. Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Friz Freleng.[3] The short was released on October 20, 1945, and stars Sylvester the Cat.[4]

Peck Up Your Troubles
Directed byI. Freleng
Produced byEdward Selzer (uncredited)
Story byMichael Maltese[1]
StarringMel Blanc (uncredited)
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Edited byTreg Brown (uncredited)
Animation byKen Champin
Gerry Chiniquy
Virgil Ross


Manuel Perez
Jack Bradbury[2]
A.C. Gamer (effects)
Layouts byHawley Pratt (uncredited)
Backgrounds byPaul Julian (uncredited)
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
  • October 20, 1945 (1945-10-20)
Running time
CountryUnited States

The cartoon marked the first appearance of Sylvester's long-time foe Hector the Bulldog, who would later become a recurring character in Tweety and Sylvester cartoons. The woodpecker would later reappear in A Peck o' Trouble, a Dodsworth Cat cartoon directed by Robert McKimson in 1953.


It's that time again. Sylvester is determined to get a male 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 (Hector, in his first appearance) 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 dies and really becomes an angel.


  1. ^ Beck, Jerry (1991). I Tawt I Taw a Puddy Tat: Fifty Years of Sylvester and Tweety. New York: Henry Holt and Co. p. 89. ISBN 0-8050-1644-9.
  2. ^ "Animation Breakdowns #10". Retrieved 9 December 2020.
  3. ^ Beck, Jerry; Friedwald, Will (1989). Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies: A Complete Illustrated Guide to the Warner Bros. Cartoons. Henry Holt and Co. p. 162. ISBN 0-8050-0894-2.
  4. ^ Lenburg, Jeff (1999). The Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. Checkmark Books. pp. 140–142. ISBN 0-8160-3831-7. Retrieved 6 June 2020.

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