Odor-able Kitty is a 1944 Looney Tunes short released on January 6, 1945 starring Pepe Le Pew. Produced by Eddie Selzer for Warner Bros. Cartoons, it was directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese and Tedd Pierce. Pierce wrote the overall story, while Maltese came up with the overall character concept. It was reissued as a blue ribbon in 1950-51 season.
This is the first appearance of Pepe Le Pew and also one of the only two times in the "classic" era he confuses a male cat for a female skunk, the other is at the end of Dog Pounded (his only appearance in a Friz Freleng cartoon), where he confuses Sylvester in a phoney skunk disguise as a real female skunk.
In this cartoon, he is known as "Henry" or "Stinky". It is also the final cartoon to use the red background blue rings. The 1946-48 and 1951-53 would use more faded versions of the rings. Also these new versions would have one red ring.
After so much abuse (being thrown out of a store, beat up, shooed from a house), a cat decides he has to do something about it. So thinking that it make things easier, the cat disguises itself as a skunk using paint and smelly substances. However, it accidentally attractes the unwanted attention of a real skunk! The cat runs from him and hides in a tree, to which "Henry" manages to find with ease. After running into town the cat grabs a skunk fur to trick the skunk into thinking its him instead. After climbing down the steps, Henry realizes that the fur is just a fur and grabs onto the skunk instead. Continuing to run, the cat accidentally brings a dog into the mix, then tries a disguise to fool Henry. But to no use as the cat soon finds itself tired and worn out, Henry cuddles with it until someone interrupts. There we see his wife and two kids! Standing in disbelief, Henry claims he was only helping the poor door but to no use and he is repeatedly beat on the head with his wives umbrella as the cat crawls away and removes all of the paint and smell. Realizing that he would rather endure the abuse, than be with a smelly skunk.
- Bugs Bunny makes a cameo near the ending, but Pepe determines this to be a costume.
- In this cartoon, Pepe is shown to have a wife and two children. This is the only time Pepe is married, in all other cartoons he is a bachelor.
- Unlike all other cartoons where Pepe's French accent is genuine, in this cartoon his French accent is faked.
- In this cartoon and Scent-imental Over You, Pepe 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.
|Pepé Le Pew Cartoons|
|1947||Scent-imental Over You|
|1948||Odor of the Day|
|1949||For Scent-imental Reasons|
|1952||Little Beau Pepe|
|1953||Wild Over You|
|1954||Dog Pounded • The Cat's Bah|
|1955||Past Perfumance • Two Scent's Worth|
|1957||Touché and Go|
|1960||Who Scent You?|
|1961||A Scent Of The Matterhorn|
|1962||Louvre Come Back To Me!|