Cannery Woe
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Directed By: Robert McKimson
Produced By: John W. Burton
David H. DePatie
Released: January 7, 1961
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: George Grandpré
Ted Bonnicksen
Warren Batchelder
Tom Ray
Harry Love (effects)
Layouts: Robert Gribbroek
Backgrounds: William Butler
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Tom Holland
Music: Milt Franklyn
Starring: Speedy Gonzales
Jose and Manuel
Mayor Raton
Preceded By: Lighter Than Hare
Succeeded By: Zip 'n Snort

Cannery Woe is a 1961 Looney Tunes short directed by Robert McKimson.


The title is a play on the 1945 John Steinbeck novel Cannery Row.


Two hungry mice, Jose and Manuel, see a billboard for Mayor Raton's Gran Cheese Fiesta advertising free cheese for all. When they try to enter, the Mayor kicks them out. Then the Mayor tells his cheese committee to bring in the cheese to the fiesta. A handful of bedraggled mice enter without the cheese and with a broken "CHEESE COMMITTEE" sign and explain that a ferocious cat, namely Sylvester, is now guarding the grocery store, hence why the couldn't get the cheese. Jose and Manuel offer to call their friend Speedy Gonzales, the Fastest Mouse in all Mexico, to steal the cheese for the Mayor.

Speedy runs to the Cheeseria, races past Sylvester, and steals some cheese. Sylvester spreads a box of tacks around the street, but when Speedy returns, Sylvester chases him and steps on the tacks himself. As he pulls the tacks from his paws, Speedy jokes about his "tacks problem" and steals some more cheese.

Sylvester loads a cannon, but gets himself stuck in the barrel. Speedy offers to help and fires the cannon. The cannonball somehow slips past the cat, merely shaving off some of his fur, but when Sylvester climbs out of the cannon to chase the mouse, the cannonball returns and conks him on the head.

Sylvester lays mousetraps around the store but is inadvertently stuck in the corner. Speedy returns and runs past the traps to steal more cheese. Sylvester tiptoes carefully around the traps, but the rodent throws a ping-pong ball into the store to set off a chain reaction of traps snapping the cat.

The Mayor awards Speedy a special badge of honor, and rewards Jose and Manuel by making them Official Cheese Inspectors. They brag about their new jobs, until Speedy shows them that his badge reads Chick Inspector and he goes to inspect a chick.



  • Production Number: 1544
  • MPAA Number: 19382
  • When Speedy races past Sylvester's front and tail, his respective front and tail fur gets shaved off and display the following words; "SPEEDY WAS HERE" (in front) and "ALSO HERE" (at the tail).


TV Title Cards

Speedy Gonzales Cartoons
1953 Cat-Tails for Two
1955 Speedy Gonzales
1957 Tabasco RoadGonzales' Tamales
1958 Tortilla Flaps
1959 Mexicali ShmoesHere Today, Gone Tamale
1960 West of the Pesos
1961 Cannery WoeThe Pied Piper of Guadalupe
1962 Mexican Boarders
1963 Mexican Cat DanceChili Weather
1964 A Message to GraciasNuts and VoltsPancho's HideawayRoad to Andalay
1965 It's Nice to Have a Mouse Around The HouseCats and BruisesThe Wild ChaseMoby DuckAssault and PepperedWell Worn DaffyChili Corn CornyGo Go Amigo
1966 The AstroduckMucho LocosMexican MousepieceDaffy RentsA-Haunting We Will GoSnow ExcuseA Squeak in the DeepFeather FingerSwing Ding AmigoA Taste of Catnip
1967 Daffy's DinerQuacker TrackerThe Music Mice-TroThe Spy SwatterSpeedy Ghost to TownRodent to StardomGo Away StowawayFiesta Fiasco
1968 Skyscraper CaperSee Ya Later Gladiator
1979 Fright Before Christmas
1980 The Chocolate Chase
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-dCanary 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' JupiterA 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 Puddy Tat
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