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Directed by Tex Avery
Produced by Fred Quimby (unc. on original issue)
Written by Heck Allen
Starring Bill Thompson
Frank Graham (both uncredited)
Music by Scott Bradley (uncredited)
Distributed by Loew's Inc.
Release dates
  • March 20, 1943 (1943-03-20)
Running time
7 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Dumb-Hounded is an American animation short from 1943. It is notable for being the first cartoon to star Droopy.[1] The film was released on 20 March 1943 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM) and has a running time of seven minutes.[1]


A wolf escapes from Swing Swing Prison (a parody of Sing Sing Prison). Many bloodhounds are freed to search for him, but one of them, Droopy, remains behind and informs the audience that he is the hero of the story. He quickly finds the wolf who tries to escape from Droopy throughout the picture.[2] However, everywhere he flees Droopy pops up. In the end Droopy crushes the wolf by dropping a huge rock on his head. When Droopy receives his reward, he jumps about in complete enthusiasm, only to pause and inform the audience, "I'm happy".


  • Northwest Hounded Police (1946) features Droopy and the Wolf character in a similar set-up. Again, the Wolf flees from Droopy, who keeps popping up in unexpected places.
  • In the early 2000s a Cartoon Network short Thanks a Latté features Droopy and the Wolf character in a nearly-similar set-up; where he works at a coffee shop and forces a stingy wolf into giving him a tip when the wolf leaves the shop without paying for his latte.


  1. ^ a b "Dumb-Hounded". IMDB. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  2. ^ "Dumb-Hounded". Doing Their Bit: Wartime American Animated Short Films, 1939–1945. McFarland. 2004. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 

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