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Pests for Guests is a 1955 Merrie Melodies short directed by Friz Freleng.


The Goofy Gophers are inspecting a new place to hide their acorns, a chest of drawers that Elmer Fudd has just bought. He unknowingly brings it home with them still inside and puts it in his bedroom. The Gophers rearrange the rain gutters so that nuts they drop on the roof will roll through the window and right into the drawers. Elmer hears the racket and when he investigates he trips on acorns that have spilled on the floor and falls down into the cellar.

Elmer chases the gophers out of the bedroom, and they scurry up the chimney. He lights a stick of dynamite, ties it to a balloon, and floats it up to them, but they pop the balloon and the dynamite falls to explode next to Fudd. He chases them back into the bedroom, but he slips on the nuts again. He grabs a water fountain to try to stabilize himself, but falls into the cellar again. When he climbs the stairs once more, the water bottle is stuck on his head, and he gurgles a curse.

He sets a box trap for the gophers. They remark that they can't imagine anyone using a trap so primitive, but they walk right into it. When Elmer traps them, he hears traffic noises from inside the box. When he hears what sounds like a big accident, he lifts the box to look, and the gophers run free.

Elmer chases them outside and they run up a tree. He begins to chop it down, but the vibration causes acorns to drop on the roof, and roll down the gutter and through the window. The house soon fills completely with nuts. Elmer opens the door to an avalanche of them and exclaims "Aw, nuts!"




  • This was the last Goofy Gophers cartoon to be Blue Ribbon reissued. The last few Goofy Gophers cartoons survive with their original opening and ending Color Rings.
  • Unlike most Merrie Melodies reissued during the time, the original closing title was kept.
  • This short plays in PAL audio when shown on Cartoon Network and Boomerang.


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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