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Chimp & Zee
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Directed By: Alex Lovy
Produced By: William L. Hendricks
Released: October 12, 1968
Series: Merrie Melodies
Story: Don Jurwich
Animation: Ted Bonnicksen
Laverne Harding
Volus Jones
Ed Solomon
Layouts: Bob Givens
Backgrounds: Bob Abrams
Film Editor: Hal Geer
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Music: William Lava
Starring: Chimp
Zee
Hunter/Professor
Preceded By: Flying Circus
Succeeded By: Bunny and Claude (We Rob Carrot Patches)
What's New Looney Tunes - Chimp and Zee (Enhanced!)

What's New Looney Tunes - Chimp and Zee (Enhanced!)

Chimp & Zee is a 1968 Merrie Melodies cartoon directed by Alex Lovy.

Title

While the title is a play on the animal "chimpanzee", it's also the names of the boy and his monkey, however it is unknown who is who.

Plot

A hunter travels though the jungle looking to capture a rare blue-tailed simian. Soon he meets the boy and his monkey. Realizing that the boy's monkey is the blue-tailed simian hes been hunting for he chases the boy and his monkey all around the jungle using several tricks to try and catch them:

  1. First he grabs the monkey, but the boy uses a bow and plunger to tie him to a large bolder, then the boy pushes it off a cliff along with the hunter.
  2. The hunter chases them, the boy and his monkey get to a lake, the boy and monkey cross the lake and the monkey asks an alligator to take care of the hunter, the alligator tries to eat the hunter, but he escapes him.
  3. The hunter hangs a large rock above the ground with rope, and places a banana underneath it, hoping to crush the monkey. The monkey grabs the banana and the hunter uses a magnifying glass to burn the rope holding up the rock up, it falls down, but when but when the hunter looks under it, he finds not the monkey, but an elephant, who beats him up for crushing him.
  4. Next he tries to shoot them with a blow dart, but he misses and ends up shooting himself in the rear twice.
  5. The boy and monkey hide in a log, the hunter sticks his hand into the log and another hand comes out to punch him, he tries it again and the same thing happens, once more he sticks his hand inside, and when the other hand comes out he bites, only to realize that it's his own hand, he tries once more to pull the boy and monkey out, but all he pulls out is the elephant from before, who beats him up once more.
  6. The boy and monkey climb up a tree. The hunter uses a firework to get up to catch them, but it fires him straight up to the sky where he blows up.
  7. He disguises himself as a female blue-tailed simian and lure him in so the hunter can trap him, but his call gets the attention of a dozen or so male blue-tailed simians who, thinking he is a mate, chase him out of the jungle.

The boy and his monkey laugh at the hunter, who swings away on a vine.

Notes

  • This was the last cartoon Alex Lovy directed for WB. He left and returned to Hanna-Barbera as an animator for shows like Dastardly and Muttley in Their Flying Machines and Scooby-Doo, Where Are You!
  • Some fans believe that the boy and his monkey were originally going to have a series of cartoons made after this, and that due to the closure of the cartoon studio in late 1969, the series never came to be, however this has never been officially stated.
  • The boy and his monkey went on to cameo in The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries episode "El Dia de los Pussygatos".
  • The title card of this cartoon for The Merrie Melodies Show incorrectly colors the monkey's tail as brown

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