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Odor-able Kitty
Odor-able Kitty title
Directed By: Chuck Jones
Produced By: Eddie Selzer (uncredited)
Released: January 6, 1945
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Tedd Pierce
Animation: Robert Cannon
Ken Harris (uncredited)
Ben Washam (uncredited)
Layouts:
Backgrounds:
Film Editor: Treg Brown (uncredited)
Voiced By: Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Pepé Le Pew
Preceded By: Stage Door Cartoon
Succeeded By: Herr Meets Hare
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Odor-able Kitty (1945)

Odor able

Unrestored title card

Odor-able Kitty is a 1945 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones. It is notable as the first appearance of Pepé Le Pew.[1][2] Chuck Jones, a co-creator for the character, also credited Michael Maltese with contributing to the character concept.[3]

Plot

After so much abuse (being kicked by a butcher for looking at the meat in the windows, swatted with a broom by a housewife, and beaten up by a pitbull), a cat decides to pose as a skunk so he can scare off his bullies.

After raiding a meat shop, the cat relaxes on a field, happy and full. Unfortunately, its stench attracts the unwanted attention of a French-speaking skunk, who falls for him. The cat runs from him and hides in a tree, which the skunk manages to find with ease.

The cat runs into town, grabbing a skunk fur to trick the skunk into thinking that it is him instead. The cat climbs onto a tall pillar and warns him that if he takes one step closer, he'll jump to his death. The skunk doesn't listen, and the cat tosses the fur off. As the skunk mourns the death of the supposed skunk, the cat sneaks away. This doesn't work, for as soon as he spots the cat, he cuddles it. Continuing to run, a dog believes that the cat is a skunk, and faints when it sees the real skunk. Finally, the cat disguises itself as Bugs Bunny to fool the skunk. A chase ensues. Running is no use as the cat soon finds itself tired and worn out.

The skunk finally gets the painted cat until a woman screams, "Henry!" Its revealed that not only is the amorous skunk a married man with children, but his French accent is also fake, as heard when he tries to explain himself to his wife. As Henry's wife clobbers her unfaithful husband, the cat crawls away, cleans himself up, and goes back to a life of being kicked, swatted, and beaten.

Analysis

The animated short is not part of the typical formula for the Pepé Le Pew series of cartoons, since the character is "unknowingly" attracted to a male cat. Most of the films in the series are "Picaresque stories of seduction and sexual conquest or its failure".[3] Part of the film's twist ending is that Pepé is revealed as an American skunk who fakes his French accent. Given the theme of a married man/skunk attempting the seduction of another male, Ken Jennings suggests this film could be of interest to queer studies. Jennings sees the cat as a cross-dresser.[4]

Availability

Notes/Goofs

  • Pepé is known as Henry in this short. He would not get his name until "For Scent-imental Reasons".
  • Bugs Bunny makes a cameo near the ending, but this is only a costume.
    Cameo
  • In this cartoon, Pepé has a wife and two children. This is the only time Pepé is married; in all other cartoons he is a bachelor.
  • Unlike all other cartoons where Pepé's French accent is genuine, in this cartoon his French accent is faked.
  • In this cartoon and "Scent-imental Over You", Pepé lived in America instead of France.
  • This is the last cartoon to have the PRODUCED BY WARNER BROS. CARTOONS at the ending and RELEASED BY WARNER BROS. PICTURES INC.
  • A mouse resembling Hubie makes a cameo appearance in this cartoon, running out of the butcher's shop yelling "SKUUNKKK!!!!" when the cat (disguised as a skunk) enters the butcher's shop.

References

  1. Pepe Le Pew. A Looney Webpage. Retrieved on November 2, 2013.
  2. Pepe Le Pew: Stinky. Chuck Jones.com. Retrieved on November 2, 2013.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Thompson (1998), p. 240-241
  4. Jennings (2008), p. 7
Pepé Le Pew Cartoons
1945 Odor-able Kitty
1947 Scent-imental Over You
1948 Odor of the Day
1949 For Scent-imental Reasons
1951 Scent-imental Romeo
1952 Little Beau Pepe
1953 Wild Over You
1954 Dog PoundedThe Cats Bah
1955 Past PerfumanceTwo Scent's Worth
1956 Heaven Scent
1957 Touché and Go
1959 Really Scent
1960 Who Scent You?
1961 A Scent of the Matterhorn
1962 Louvre Come Back to Me!

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