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Dog Gone People is a 1960 Merrie Melodies short directed by Robert McKimson.


Elmer Fudd receives a phone call from his boss, Mr. Crabtree, asking him to watch his dog Rupert while on break. Elmer Fudd, wanting to get a possible promotion at his job, agrees to take care him. Mr. Crabtree tells Fudd that employees can either go up or go down in the company. If he does a good job, there just might be a vice-presidency for him at his company. However, when Elmer calls Rupert a mutt, Mr. Crabtree tells Elmer that Rupert thinks he's human and expects to be treated like one. Mr. Crabtree leaves, and Rupert places his hat onto a counter.

Fudd is over his head as he tries to accommodate Rupert and not offend him. He first makes Rupert watch a television show called Classy, a spoof of Lassie. Rupert is angered and almost walks out on Elmer, but Elmer tells him to come back saying he watches Classy as well. Elmer makes dinner and gives dog food to Rupert, but Rupert wants to eat the steak Elmer was going to eat. As Elmer realized he goofed again, he tells Rupert he can make a compromise, and Elmer is forced to eat the dog food while Rupert eats Elmer's steak. During bedtime, Elmer gives Rupert a dog bed. "Oh no, another boo-boo," says Elmer as Rupert heads out. Elmer tries to hide Rupert's hat, but Rupert calls Mr. Crabtree on the phone and signifies to Elmer he is likely going to get demoted. Elmer sleeps on the dog bed and in the morning walks with a large box-shaped lump on his back while stating, "Oh, that miserable mutt."

As Elmer prepares for breakfast, Rupert helps himself to Elmer's bay rum in the bathroom and drives Elmer's car, wreaking havoc against the traffic and causing the both of them to be arrested for driving while intoxicated. "It's not bad enough letting your dog drive, but driving drunk? Sheesh." Mr. Crabtree bails both Elmer and Rupert and tells Elmer not to worry as he will be going "up, up, up!"

Elmer is actually demoted to flagpole cleaner, and he "moves up" to the top of the company's flagpole. As Elmer is cleaning the outside of the building, he wonders to himself how this could have happened as he was sure he did what Mr. Crabtree asked of him, and he wonders who got the vice presidency; Rupert sits at the vice president's desk.





TV Title Cards


Elmer Fudd Cartoons
1940 Elmer's Candid CameraConfederate HoneyThe Hardship of Miles StandishA Wild HareGood Night Elmer
1941 Elmer's Pet RabbitWabbit Twouble
1942 The Wabbit Who Came to SupperAny Bonds Today?The Wacky WabbitNutty NewsFresh HareThe Hare-Brained Hypnotist
1943 To Duck .... or Not to DuckA Corny ConcertoAn Itch in Time
1944 The Old Grey HareThe Stupid CupidStage Door Cartoon
1945 The Unruly HareHare Tonic
1946 Hare RemoverThe Big Snooze
1947 Easter YeggsA Pest in the HouseSlick Hare
1948 What Makes Daffy DuckBack Alley Op-RoarKit for Cat
1949 Wise QuackersHare DoEach Dawn I Crow
1950 What's Up Doc?The Scarlet PumpernickelRabbit of Seville
1951 Rabbit Fire
1952 Rabbit Seasoning
1953 Upswept HareAnt PastedDuck! Rabbit, Duck!Robot Rabbit
1954 Design for LeavingQuack Shot
1955 Pests for GuestsBeanstalk BunnyHare BrushRabbit RampageThis Is a Life?Heir-Conditioned
1956 Bugs' BonnetsA Star Is BoredYankee Dood ItWideo Wabbit
1957 What's Opera, Doc?Rabbit Romeo
1958 Don't Axe MePre-Hysterical Hare
1959 A Mutt in a Rut
1960 Person to BunnyDog Gone People
1961 What's My Lion?
1962 Crows' Feat
1980 Portrait of the Artist as a Young Bunny
1990 Box Office Bunny
1991 (Blooper) Bunny
1992 Invasion of the Bunny Snatchers
2012 Daffy's Rhapsody