Lumber Jerks

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Lumber Jerks
Directed byFriz Freleng
Produced byEdward Selzer
Story byWarren Foster
StarringMel Blanc
Stan Freburg
Music byMilt Franklyn
Animation byVirgil Ross
Arthur Davis
Manuel Perez
Layouts byHarry Love
Backgrounds byRichard H. Thomas
Color processTechnicolor
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date
June 25, 1955 (USA)
Running time

Lumber Jerks is a 1955 Looney Tunes short featuring the Goofy Gophers, Mac and Tosh.

The cartoon is the last to use the 1946-1955 version of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down."


While moving into a new tree, Mac and Tosh find that the bulk of it has been cut down and taken away. They locate what they assume to be their tree amidst a batch of logs in the river, awaiting transport to a lumber mill. The two begin rowing their home back to the forest but, not only are they going the wrong way but also the current overtakes them, sending them over a waterfall. With tremendous effort, the gophers manage to row back up the falls, but the exertion exhausts them and they fall asleep.

While sleeping, they are conveyed to the mill and taken inside. They are awakened by a saw slicing into their log; they become aware of the bizarre machinery and machinations designed to turn trees into artificial fireplace logs, toothpicks, and furniture. Indeed, the gophers assume their home will be transformed into furniture and, after failing to prevent this, they venture outside and witness various pieces being loaded into a truck.

They decide to siphon the gas out of the truck. The Goofy Gopher who sucks it through a rubber hose turns green in the process; the vehicle drives from the factory, hose still attached, leaving a trail of fuel which the two follow. Eventually, they see walking toward them two mill workers who were manning the truck. The gophers hide in the woods while the men walk by, carrying a jerry can and needling each other about having run out gas.

With the truck unguarded, Mac and Tosh unload their furniture and stack it on top of the stump where their tree used to be. They sit in front of a TV discussing how much nicer their home is now, and comment that it will be even better once they install electricity.