Odor-able Kitty is a 1945 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Chuck Jones. It is notable as the first appearance of Pepé Le Pew. Chuck Jones, a co-creator for the character, also credited Michael Maltese with contributing to the character concept.
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 and cuddles with until a woman taps on his shoulder and 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 and makes up a poor excuse but it isn't believed and he gets whacked on his head. As Henry's wife clobbers her unfaithful husband, the cat wakes up and quickly crawls away, cleans himself up, and goes back to a life of being kicked, swatted, and beaten. He states "Ah, this is the life", meaning he prefers this terrible life over being smothered by a skunk any day.
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". 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.
- Laserdisc - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 1, Side 2: Firsts
- VHS - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes, Vol. 2: Firsts
- VHS - The Golden Age of Looney Tunes VHS box set
- DVD - Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 3, Disc Four (with optional audio commentary by Michael Barrier)
- DVD - Looney Tunes Super Stars' Pepé Le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best
- 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.
- 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.
|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 Cats 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!|