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The Hep Cat
The Hep Cat
Directed By: Robert Clampett
Produced By: Leon Schlesinger
Released: October 3, 1942
Series: Looney Tunes
Story: Warren Foster
Animation: Bob McKimson
Layouts:
Backgrounds: John Didrik Johnsen
Film Editor: Treg Brown
Voiced By: Mel Blanc
Bea Benaderet
Sara Berner
Kent Rogers
Music: Carl W. Stalling
Starring: Hep Cat
Rosebud the Dog
Bird
Preceded By: The Dover Boys
Succeeded By: The Sheepish Wolf
Looney Tunes Golden Collection 08 - The Hep Cat

Looney Tunes Golden Collection 08 - The Hep Cat

The Hep Cat is a 1942 Looney Tunes cartoon directed by Bob Clampett.

Plot

The Hep Cat opens with a cat strolling through an abandoned lot. Unfortunately, he stumbles across a dog named Rosebud"—otherwise known by fans as Willoughby the Dog—who, upon noticing the cat, gives chase. The cat, after a successful escape, begins singing "Java Jive." Later, the cat encounters an attractive female cat, and attempts to woo her, failing utterly. Suddenly, Rosebud the dog reappears and the chase resumes. After a series of zany, Clampett-esque sight gags, the cat once again evades the dog. As the cartoon closes, the cat can be seen kissing his dream girl—a puppet.

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Notes

  • This cartoon is notable as the first color Looney Tunes short.
  • This cartoon was re-released into the Blue Ribbon Merrie Melodies program on November 12, 1949.
  • A cultural reference is made when the cat claims to be a "gorgeous hunk of man", as his face turns into a caricature of Victor Mature. As the cat feels Willoughby's hand beside the puppet he's kissing he exclaims, "Ah, something new has been added!" At the end of the cartoon the cat says, "Well, I can dream, can't I?" Both quotes were used often in Looney Tunes cartoons of this era (like for instance "Plane Daffy") and are both catch phrases by Jerry Colonna. "Ah, something new has been added" was a slogan for Old Gold (cigarette).
  • When Cartoon Network aired this short on The Bob Clampett Show, the titles were replaced with title cards of a colorized Porky Pig Looney Tune, with "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" as the opening music. The Looney Tunes title card cuts to the Blue Ribbon title card with "Merrily We Roll Along" as title music. The Looney Tunes drum with Porky Pig saying "That's all Folks!" also closes the cartoon. This was done to identify the short as a Looney Tune, since the Blue Ribbon titles miscredited the short as a Merrie Melodie.
  • The opening title cards aired on The Bob Clampett Show are not correct, since the 1942-43 season was the first in which Looney Tunes cartoons opened with the "bulls-eye" titles, usually with thicker rings. Since the original titles are lost, the restored version on DVD and Blu-ray use the Blue Ribbon titles instead of the original titles.

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