Cheese Chasers

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Cheese Chasers
"Thith ith a dream?!" Claude Cat with suicidal mice Hubie and Bertie in a scene from Cheese Chasers.
Directed byCharles M. Jones
Produced byEddie Selzer
Story byMichael Maltese
StarringMel Blanc
Stan Freberg
Music byCarl W. Stalling
Animation byKen Harris
Ben Washam
Lloyd Vaughan
Phil Monroe
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
August 25, 1951
Running time
7 min (one reel)

Cheese Chasers is a 1951 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Chuck Jones, and starring Hubie and Bertie, as well as an appearance by Claude Cat. Mel Blanc plays Claude, Hubie and the dog; while Stan Freberg plays Bertie.


At the end of a raid on a cheese factory, Hubie determines that, based on the amount of cheese the average mouse eats in their lifetime (12 lbs.), they have eaten enough in one night to have lived 2,000 years (48 tons). Claiming that they will never be able to even touch cheese again, and thus believing that they have nothing left to live for, Hubie and Bertie get suicidal and try to get eaten by Claude Cat. Claude is confused by all this and refuses to eat them. Claude finally concludes that he will never again be able to eat mice, has no more reason to live, and also decides to commit suicide. Claude heads outside and punches the dog.

The dog sees Claude standing there blindfolded and with a cigarette in his mouth and asks what is going on. When Claude begs the dog to "massacre" him, and the mice come running out of the house and once again beg Claude to eat them, the dog tries to figure out why Claude no longer wants to eat mice and the mice do not want to eat cheese anymore. Finding out that "it just don't add up," he runs after a passing dog catcher now wanting to get committed and therefore put to sleep ("Hey, wait for me! Wait for baby!"), with Claude ("Hey, wait for me! You gotta massacre me!") and the mice ("Wait, you cowardly cat!") following after him, all of them still wanting to end their own lives.


This cartoon can be seen (uncut and restored) on the second volume of The Looney Tunes Golden Collection DVD set.

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