Looney Tunes Wiki

A Hound for Trouble is a 1951 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.


Kicked off the boat in Italy, Charlie forces himself upon a pizzeria owner. Donning his best Italian accent and garb, Charlie sets to work as a waiter, astonishing and horrifying the customers with his barefoot grape-stomping and his musical rendition of "Atsa Matta for You?" The pizzeria owner tricks Charlie into holding the Leaning Tower of Pisa, leaving Charlie stranded at the side of the tower, where the dog's calls for help fall on deaf ears.


  • This is Charlie Dog's final starring cartoon, as director Chuck Jones retired the character (along with Hubie and Bertie and The Three Bears whom were co-incidentally also retired at the same time) to focus more on his other characters such as Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, Pepe Le Pew and Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot. Although Charlie would make one last appearance in the classic era, via a cameo in one scene from Robert McKimson's "Dog Tales" (1958) via reused animation from "Often an Orphan" (1949).
  • Charlie would work as a waiter in an Italian restaurant once again in the 2000 direct-to-video feature film Tweety's High-Flying Adventure, where he serves Tweety some bird seed with marinara sauce.
  • Since the cartoon was reissued during the 1959-1964 season, the original opening and ending titles are scrapped off and in place, the ending card has the "A VITAPHONE RELEASE" ending card from the 1960s.
    • The original titles are the orange color rings with a black background.
  • The ending music would be later reused in "Chow Hound", another cartoon released during 1951, and was previously used in "Homeless Hare" the previous year.