A Horse Fly Fleas


Horsefly fleas

Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: December 13, 1947
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Charles McKimson
Phil DeLara
Manny Gould
John Carey
A.C. Gamer (effects)
Layouts: Cornett Wood
Backgrounds: Richard H. Thomas
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: Carl Stalling
Starring: A. Flea
Preceded By: Catch as Cats Can
Succeeded By: Gorilla My Dreams
A Horsefly Fleas

A Horsefly Fleas

A Horse Fly Fleas (reissued as A Horsefly Fleas) is a 1947 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Robert McKimson.


While looking for a home, A. Flea befriends a homeless horsefly, a fly that looks like a horse, who had just recently lost his home, a milkwagon horse which was replaced by "autos". They both find a nice dog, relaxing in front of a fireplace, and they build a little cabin in his fur.

However, Indian fleas already inhabit the dog, so they attack the invaders. The dog sees some of the antics and is bewildered. He shakes a can of flea powder on his rump, but the fleas see it as snow, and sled and ski their way around. The dog gyrates, then smacks his back a few times with a fireplace poker. He watches as the flea and horsefly are chased across the bridge of his nose by the marauders. A straggler walks up to the dog's eye and chops it with a tomahawk. The Indians catch the flea and fly, tie them to one of the dog's hairs, and light a fire under them to burn them at the stake. The dog notices the smoke coming from his backside, then yelps in pain. He dashes outside to douse the fire in the fountain and watches as all the fleas flee in canoes.

Later, the dog is snoozing in front of the fireplace again, when a traveling flea circus finds him. As they settle into his hind quarters, the flea, the horsefly, and the Indian fleas return and crawl up his front leg.

One circus tent is labeled "Wild West Show" and the flea rides the horsefly inside of it, followed by the Indians. The dog grabs a magnifying glass and some cotton candy and sits down to watch the show.


  • This cartoon reveals A. Flea's first name, where the A in his name stands for "Anthony", hence his full name is Anthony Flea.
  • In A. Flea's previous appearance, "An Itch in Time", he is voiced, on the most part, by Sara Berner, though Mel Blanc provided his scream "T-BONE!" at once scene. In this cartoon however, he is entirely voiced by Mel Blanc.
    • In addition, A. Flea sings "Home Around the Corner", a variation of his trademark song "Food Around the Corner" from the previous cartoon.
  • The dog physically resembles a remodified Willoughby, albeit slightly fatter than his previous appearance, while retaining his brown fur.
  • This cartoon, to date, is the only cartoon originally produced in Cinecolor and reissued in Technicolor to be fully restored with it's original titles and in it's original Cinecolor presentation.
  • On the USA Turner "dubbed version" print of this cartoon (as pictured in the infobox) has red borders in the opening titles (though the WB shield sequence oddly enough doesn't have borders for some reason), and preserves it's original ending music cue. It is unknown for the case of this cartoon's EU Turner "dubbed version" print though.
  • Due to the stereotypical portrayal of Native Americans, this cartoon has rarely been shown on American television. Despite this, TV airings of this cartoon (especially outside the United States) are known to air this short uncut and uncensored.