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The Pied Piper of Guadalupe is a 1961 Looney Tunes short directed by Friz Freleng and Hawley Pratt.


The title is a pun on The Pied Piper of Hamlin.


Sylvester can't seem to catch the mice in his small Mexican town. As he paces outside a bookshop, he notices a copy of a Mexican Version of The Pied Piper of Hamelin and hatches an idea. He takes flute lessons from J.C. Melendez, then sets up a music stand and a jug outside a mousehole. The mice all laugh at him, but when he plays his flute, one of them gets a funny look on his face and dances toward the cat. When the mouse is close enough, Sylvester whacks it with his flute and drops it into the jug. He continues playing and a second mouse is similarly overcome by the music. When Armando Mouse begins dancing toward the cat, his friend grabs his tail to hold him back, but he is dragged outside and Sylvester gets the pair with one whack.

This continues until Sylvester thinks he has caught every mouse, but Speedy Gonzales announces there is one more. He demands that Sylvester put his friends back or he'll take them back. Sylvester tells him to try it, and uncorks the jug, thinking that when Speedy goes in for a rescue he'll catch him too, but Speedy's too fast for the cat and manages to drag one of the mice to safety. Sylvester plays his flute again and Speedy dances towards him, but instead of a funny look on his face, he wears a big grin. When Sylvester tries to whack him, he whacks the cat first, then rescues another of his friends.

Sylvester hides in a barrel with a dynamite stick, waiting to blow up Speedy when he passes. However, Speedy does not pass, he hops up on the barrel and starts it rolling. It rolls down a series of steps, then upends onto a sleeping bulldog. When the barrel explodes, the charred bulldog chases the singed cat through town.

Speedy rescues two more mice, but then Sylvester chases him on a motorcycle. He inexplicably drives the motorcycle off a cliff and into a lake. Then he restarts the bike while underwater, drives it back up the cliff, and resumes chasing Speedy. Speedy tricks him into driving the wrong way down a one-way street and he crashes into a bus.

Sylvester leaves the Cat Hospital on crutches, with many bandages and a cast on his leg. Speedy runs after him saying he forgot his flute, but he tells Speedy to keep it. When Speedy starts to play it, Sylvester's broken leg is overcome by the music and it dances after the mouse, causing him pain with every step. Instead of the pied piper leading the mice out of town as in the original story, the mouse leads the pied piper.




  • This cartoon was used in Bugs Bunny's 3rd Movie: 1001 Rabbit Tales, but only showed a few small scenes such as Sylvester doing his Pied Piper routine trick to lure the mice out, Speedy coming to save the mice and then later used the ending scene in which Bugs did narration. A bit of new animation was used in the middle of the story so that it would lead up to another Speedy cartoon, "Mexican Boarders".
  • This was the first Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies short to be written by John W. Dunn who would go on to write many of the cartoons of both series afterwards until 1965.


  • "The Mexican Hat Dance"


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