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Pepé le Pew: World Traveler. Oscar winner. Philosopher. Legendary lover. Skunk.

When director Chuck Jones and writer/studio Lothario Tedd Pierce came up with this modestly designed black and white skunk to debut in 1945, little did they realize the sudden superstar they had on their hands. The concept was simple: a skunk "ladies' man" chases after a cat that's been accidentally rendered to resemble a fellow skunk. And though the first entries in the series had their peculiarities--Pepé being a family-man phony (chasing after a male cat, yet) in one and a disguised dog(!) in another--the framework was nevertheless in place for the next two decades. And once writer Michael Maltese came on board to supply the signature fractured French dialogue, the cartoons gained a new witty, artistic vibe...and Pepé hopped away with an Academy Award in the process.

Pepé's career on home video, however, had been less than prolific. With the exception of one dedicated VHS collection in a franchise-wide series, Pepé was usually reduced to sharing a very cramped spotlight in various "all-star" video and laserdisc compilations, with the Oscar-winning For Scent-imental Reasons usually getting the most attention. By the time the celebrated Looney Tunes Golden Collection series ended in 2008, only three Pepé le Pew cartoons had been restored and released on DVD.

Thankfully, Pepé finally got his due in 2011 with the release of Zee Best of Zee Best, a volume in the Looney Tunes Super Stars DVD series that contained every single Pepé cartoon produced in the classic era of the cartoon studio, including a cameo appearance and even a barely related skunk-related one-shot. For the first time, the entire filmography of a major Looney Tunes character was contained on one single DVD release, paving the way for similar releases for other characters in the years to follow.

So to celebrate Pepé's additional title of "Trailblazer," here is that little black skunk's entire filmography and all the ways it has been made available. En garde, pigeon....

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Film's Title (Year of Release)Blue Ribbon (see below)

Short synopsis (or is that "short's synopsis?")

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Vintage Review (where available)

Critique

Video Release of the Cartoon (Video Studio, Video's Year of Release)

All shorts are directed by Chuck Jones unless noted.

The notation BR following the year of release indicates when color cartoons were reissued in the studio's "Blue Ribbon" series. From 1943 to 1956, the process involved removing the individual shorts' title and credits sequence, replacing them with a uniform title card at the end of the standard Warner Bros. bullseye opening. Only very recently has Warner Bros. started restoring these cartoons with their original title sequences, but as of this writing neither of the "Blue Ribbon"-titled Pepé le Pew cartoons have undergone such a restoration.

Video titles in red are out of print. Titles in black or presented as entire ordering links are still in print. Links will go to the releases' respective product pages on Amazon. Since most out-of-print titles are offered either new or used by Amazon's individual sellers, order links are provided for most (just click on the video's release information). We also recommend eBay for your out-of-print needs. When you shop online for older videos, do take caution and know exactly what you are buying, as many sellers usually aren't sure what they're selling!

All releases listed here are in the NTSC color format, the North American standard. All titles are VHS unless noted.


An ad appearing in The Altus Times-Democrat in Altus, OK on August 5, 1953 at the time of the short's "Blue Ribbon" rerelease.
The Odor-Able Kitty (1945)BR

A male cat paints himself as a skunk in order to have a better life but is chased by a seemingly French ladies' man skunk. Bugs Bunny has a cameo of sorts.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Cat, Bulldog, Housewife, Mouse, Skunk Wife

Vintage Review
"Laugh-getter" (Film Daily, February 7, 1945)

Critique
Essentially a variation of the "Droopy gimmick"--where a character pops up to antagonize another no matter how the latter tries to escape--the Pepé concept is a fresh one in the history of the studio; one that doesn't necessarily rely on a "good guy vs. bad guy" or "predator after food" dynamic. The fact that this one has a radical surprise ending is a novelty for the eventual series, but the idea is firmly in place with this short. The fake-out "Bugs" cameo is a nice touch (the cat even gets to utter "What's up, Doc?").

The Golden Age of Looney Tunes (MGM Laserdisc, 1991)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 2: Firsts (MGM, 1992)
The Golden Age of Looney Tunes VHS boxed set (MGM, 1992)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Three (WHV DVD, 2005)
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection 7 (WHV DVD, 2009)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Vol. 1-6 boxed set (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in the Niagara Falls Gazette in Niagara Falls, NY on May 8, 1947.
Scent-imental Over You (1947)BR

Embarrassed by her lack of a beautiful spring coat, a lonely Chihuahua (named Fifi on the model sheet) dresses up in a skunk fur but attracts Pepé, named "Stinky" in this short. Working title: Forever Ambushed.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Chuckling Dogs
Bea Benaderet: Fifi, Narrator, Dachshund, Chuckling Dogs
Michael Maltese: White Dog, Scottish Terrier, Bookstore Dogs
Tedd Pierce: Bookstore Dogs

Vintage Review
"Plenty of humor in this one to make it a hit" (Film Daily, April 25, 1947)

Critique
Decent follow-up that still hasn't quite found the right forumla in the premise. As a character Pepé is about 90 percent there to the skunk we would all know and love; the surprise-twist phoniness from his debut is gone but there is still an air of insincerity to his persona. At one point his swooning quickly morphs into a prolonged Tarzan yell, while at another he exaggerates a series of whistles with extreme comic faces, and then he stops pursuing altogether in order to run to his fridge and hastily eat a sandwich. It's almost as if Jones and company have trouble reconciling this subtler character with the wilder, freewheeling style the studio was reveling in at the time--and the goofiness at times clashes with the intended suaveness. We're treated to a repeat of a sequence from The Odor-Able Kitty in which Pepé's target exhausts themselves from running while he merrily keeps hopping in hot pursuit. It drags the cartoon's second half down somewhat, but at least there's a better resolution with Fifi collapsing right in front of Pepé's home. Jones also employs another twist at the end here, but it results in a much happier ending than before.

The Golden Age of Looney Tunes Volume 2 (MGM Laserdisc, 1992)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in The Star (Port St. Joe) in Port St. Joe, FL on May 12, 1950.
For Scent-imental Reasons (1949)

The Oscar-winning short that established the series, in which Pepé chases Penelope for the first time throughout a Paris perfume shop.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Parfumier, Gendarme

Critique
A charming sequence through the streets of Paris marks the formal start of one of the more unique Warner series. Chuck Jones and Michael Maltese wisely decided to shift the cartoons' setting from random American locales to the heart of France, not only creating an atmosphere unlike the rest of the studio's output but also of course allowing Maltese's signature fractured French dialogue to flourish. Pepé's character is also finally solidified; he's not zany, phony, goofy, or otherwise "looney" here--he's a refined intellectual who appreciates the finer things in life. It's a (no pun intended) breath of fresh air among the parade of screaming, spastic animals and hunters that were filling up the movie screen in the late 1940s, and it's easy to see why Pepé left such an impression. The introduction of Penelope, meanwhile, rejuvenates the already-floundering series by adjusting the dyanamic. Past protagonists became "skunks" by looking to find shortcuts to improve their life or well-being, making Pepé's unwanted advances a sort of twisted penance. Here it's more of a comedy of errors, with Penelope literally being thrown into the situation and making Pepé's misunderstanding more innocent--he's not being used as punishment. A number of trademark series gags are introduced throughout, but ironically perhaps the funniest scene is one that is completely unique to this short, in which Pepé and Penelope have a pantomimed conversation on opposite sides of a glass case, with violin stings providing the only heard "dialogue." There is a slight lack of clarity as to what exactly causes the role-reversal at the end--did Penelope fall into something alcoholic? (While Pepé's references to the soaked cat as an old lady are buried on the soundtrack by other noises.) But it all leads to what is easily the cleverest closing line in the whole series. A true classic.

A Salute to Chuck Jones (WHV, 1985)
Pepe le Pew's Skunk Tales (WHV, 1986)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: Running Amuck (WHV/Columbia House, 1999)
Looney Tunes: The Golden Collection (WHV DVD, 2003)
Looney Tunes: The Premiere Collection (WHV DVD, 2003)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners (WHV DVD, 2008)
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Academy Awards Animation Collection: 15 Winners/26 Nominees (WHV DVD, 2008)
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One (WHV Blu-ray, 2011)
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One: Ultimate Collector's Edition (WHV Blu-ray, 2011)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)
Looney Tunes Showcase Volume One (WHV Blu-ray, 2012)
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume One (WHV DVD, 2012)
Looney Tunes Center Stage Volume 1 (WHV DVD, 2014)
Looney Tunes Triple Feature: Looney Tunes 3-DVD Collection (WHV DVD, 2016)
Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Volumes 1-3 (WHV DVD, 2018)

An ad appearing in the Niagara Falls Gazette in Niagara Falls, NY on July 26, 1951.
Scent-imental Romeo (1951)

Penelope disguises herself as a skunk in order to sneak into a zoo for free food, but resident skunk Pepé chases her into a nearby park.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Popcorn Cart Bird, Pigeon Feeder, Zookeeper, Le Leon, French Poodle

Critique
Chuck Jones takes the Pepé series back a step by regressing to the "protagonist trying to trick others into thinking they're a skunk" premise of The Odor-Able Kitty and Scent-imental Over You, but this time Penelope is depicted with a touch more sympathy than the previous non-skunks were--while the series's growing French trappings (such as the lion's whiskers sporting a French-style mustache) and subtler tone go a long way into making this short a lot less abrasively cruel than its predecessors. Pepé's Maurice Chevalier musical number goes on maybe a line or two too long than it needs to, but it's balanced elsewhere in the cartoon by some nice absurd touches including the skunk's sudden "rendez vous" lampshade backdrops and his copping genuine outrage at a gentleman he had accidentally wooed in a tunnel of love. The short ends rather quickly and without much of a resolution (something that will creep more and more into later entries in the series), but the third act is saved by Pepé's response to a near-climactic bonk on the head, as in a daze he mutters to Penelope with complete confidence, "The one in the middle may remain. The rest of you, another day."

Pepe le Pew's Skunk Tales (WHV, 1986)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two (WHV DVD, 2012)
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Two (WHV Blu-ray, 2012)

An ad appearing in the Sarasota Journal in Sarasota, FL on October 19, 1953.
Little Beau Pepé (1952)

Pepé joins the French Foreign Legion, only to chase base mascot Penelope throughout the Sahara Desert.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Capitaine, Sergeant, Gambler, Painter, Enlistment Officer, Legionnaires
Michael Maltese: Legionnaires

Critique
Well-paced but pretty average cartoon. The Foreign Legion setup has some fun moments and Pepé's heartbroken enlistment scene is charming in a faux-dramatic way (helped by such clever touches as the French officer asking for a "sociale securetee numbaire"), but as soon as Penelope appears the whole thing just turns into the standard "Pepé shows up wherever she hides" cartoon--and really, the Foreign Legion trappings only make one wonder how a "Pepé defending the fort" short in the vein of Bunker Hill Bunny or (of course) Little Beau Porky would have played out as opposed to a typical "Pepé chases cat" plot. Like with any of the shorts there are a couple of highlights, such as Pepé talking to the camera while Penelope is running around the fort in circles past him, and the final role-reversal gag with Pepé's cologne cocktail is better thought out than the similar scene back in For Scent-imental Reasons was, but ultimately the series is already settling into a formula that only works intermittently.

Longitude and Looneytude (WHV Laserdisc, 1994)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in The Rusk Cherokeean in Rusk, TX on September 24, 1953.
Wild Over You (1953)

In 1900 Paris, a wildcat escapes from the zoo, giving Pepé a violent run for his money at every turn.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Le Catte Wilde, Zoo Tour Guide, Le Hyena, Newsboy, Zoo Catcher, Dog

Vintage Review
"Very good" (Boxoffice, August 22, 1953)

Critique
Inexplicably setting the cartoon around the 1900 Exposition Universelle doesn't offer much beyond a few old-timey character designs, and while the opening zoo tour provides one or two amusing moments (mostly the hyena's "Les hah hah"), it's all a long way to go for a very predictable premise. The idea of a dangerous escaped feline leading to mistaken identity has very light shades of Friz Freleng's classic Tree for Two, but the results are unfortunately very repetitious and formulaic, even for a Pepé le Pew cartoon. The gist of the short relies on a repeat of three elements: Pepé chases and catches wildcat, wildcat attacks Pepé, and Pepé then has some silly positive comment about the experience. It becomes so monotonous after a while that ironically a resurrection of the tedious "Pepé wears out his prey in a chase" sequence offers something of a breather. Pepé's final line of "If you haven't tried it, do not knock it" is cute but really interchangeable with any of the other bon mots said elsewhere in the cartoon, and with no real resolution to the story it's a tad unsatisfying. Such will be the case for many endings in the series to come.

Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)
Best of Warner Bros.: 50 Cartoon Collection - Looney Tunes (WHV DVD, 2013)

An ad appearing in The Rusk Cherokeean in Rusk, TX on January 28, 1954.
Dog Pounded (1954)

Pepé makes a surprise cameo at the end of this Tweety cartoon after Sylvester paints a stripe on his back in order to enter a dog pound where the canary is hiding. Directed by Friz Freleng, marking the first time someone other than Chuck Jones directed the character.

Mel Blanc: Tweety, Sylvester, Pepé le Pew, Dogcatcher, Dogs

Critique
Enjoyable Friz Freleng cartoon that serves as a shining example of the Tweety series, even without the novelty ending. A sort of follow-up to Ain't She Tweet, in which a pack of dogs in Granny's front yard keeps Sylvester away from Tweety, only this time without the inclusion of Granny. The gags are expertly timed and executed, but the short does little to distinguish itself from the earlier film--surely, it feels very much like we're seeing additional gags that didn't make the cut the first time (after all, why else would all the dogs be outside instead of...you know...in the actual pound?). Freleng's genius in directing comic action is in his use of anticipation. We don't need to see the dogs actually attacking Sylvester, just those few tense moments beforehand, such as when Sylvester is digging a tunnel underneath only to find the dogs already waiting for him. The animators and crew are all at the top of their game, but the director knows when to give the audience enough credit to fill in the blanks themselves.

Sylvester and Tweety's Bad Ol' Putty Tat Blues (WHV Laserdisc, 1994)
Bugs & Friends (WHV Japan Laserdisc, 1998)
Tweety: Home Tweet Home (WHV, 1999)
I Love Tweety Vol. 1 (WHV Japan DVD, 2001)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: Cartoon Superstars (WHV/Columbia House, 2001)
I Love Tweety: Itazura Daisuki Hen (WHV Japan DVD, 2004)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Three (WHV Blu-ray, 2014)
Looney Tunes Platinum Collection Volume Three (WHV DVD, 2014)

An ad appearing in the Plattsburgh Press-Republican in Plattsburgh, NY on July 8, 1954.
The Cats Bah (1954)

Pepé is interviewed about the greatest love of his life, leading to a flashback--inspired in part by the Charles Boyer film Algiers--about the skunk chasing American tourist Penelope all over the Casbah.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Camel
Bea Benaderet: Penelope's Owner

Vintage Review
"Fair. This one is hard to figure out" (Boxoffice, April 24, 1954)

Critique
Probably one of the last semi-original Pepé shorts before the cartoons as a whole start to fall into a bit of a rut. The opening sequence of Pepé being interviewed and, apparently, regarded as a world-famous lover is a unique approach and a refreshing change of pace for a series that typically depicts its hero more or less as an ignoramus. Setting the story in Algiers allows for some visually striking production design, and the cartoon makes better use of the exotic Saharan trappings than, say, Little Beau Pepé did--and of course, it provides one of the skunk's more memorable malapropisms by referring to "Ali Thief and the Forty Babas." Despite some good chase gags and reactions, an entertainingly brisk pace, and a (for once) satisfying final gag, the biggest highlight is nevertheless Pepé chasing Penelope off the humps of a camel, who then only offers the camera an indifferent aside: "If you're a camel you soon learn to put up with anything." It's simultaneously one of the corniest and funniest moments ever in a Pepé le Pew cartoon.

Pepe le Pew's Skunk Tales (WHV, 1986)
Longitude and Looneytude (WHV Laserdisc, 1994)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: All-Stars (WHV/Columbia House, 1999)

Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in the Lubbock Morning Avalanche in Lubbock, TX on July 14, 1955.
Past Perfumance (1955)

A director needs a skunk for his latest film, causing the animal wrangler to use Penelope as a substitute...just as Pepé crashes the studio to go autograph-hunting, resulting in a chase onto various movie sets.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Studio Guard, Davide Butlaire, Le Trey Musketeers Directeur, Assistant Directeurs
Arthur Q. Bryan: Le Casting Directeur por les Animales, Producer
Michael Maltese: Athos, Porthos, Assistant Directeurs

Critique
At this point the Pepé series starts taking on a more-charming-than-funny quality: chase gags still work but are more leisurely paced, with the background designs and fractured-French dialogue doing most of the heavy lifting. The establishing shots throughout the French movie studio are well-staged and offer some of the cartoon's bigger laughs, such as an audition line that includes a "French" Keystone Kop and (of all things) a bear, while the Francocizing of such studio tropes as the gate cop and the gaggle of assistant directors are fun little throwaway moments. When the central chase finally does start, the story makes fairly good use of its setting, with such highlights as Pepé scaring away characters in a silent film and him crashing the shooting of "Le Trey Musketeers" by chiming in with Athos and Porthos. Pepé is in fine form throughout, switching back and forth between suave and goofy (including a moment where he impersonates Tarzan), and the final gag of him finally realizing that Penelope isn't in fact a skunk--and not really caring--nicely sums up the character and the series as a whole.

A Salute to Mel Blanc (WHV, 1985)
Pepe le Pew's Skunk Tales (WHV, 1986)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: The Vocal Genius (WHV/Columbia House, 1999)
Bugs Bunny's Cupid Capers (WHV DVD, 2010)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in The Summer Illini in Champaign, IL on July 11, 1956.
Two Scent's Worth (1955)

A robber uses Penelope (named "Fifi" here) to clear out a bank, inadvertently attracting Pepé and leading to a mountain chase on skis.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Robber, Cashiere, Banque Customers

Critique
Some modern-day cartoon fans like to take a cynical view and deride the Pepé cartoons as a whole for its overreliance on formula, but really, almost all long-lasting series of theatrical cartoons are guilty of that one way or another, so that's some pretty lazy criticism. What hurts the Pepé series more, though, is that the individual films start to take on a sort of interchangeable quality. What makes, for example, Touché and Go stand out from Who Scent You? Or what's distinguishable about Two Scent's Worth here when compared to the later and similar Heaven Scent or A Scent of the Matterhorn, which all seem to blend together? Having said that, this one is entertaining while not necessarily being essential viewing. The opening pantomime prologue with the robber buying a single sardine from a baffled fishmonger is good for a chuckle, as is the robber's eventual extreme reaction when he stumbles upon Pepé and realizes he's a real skunk (literally rushing himself to prison and throwing away the key). The Chuck Jones-penned story offers the usual share of bon mots from the skunk--casually introducing himself to Penelope with, "I am Pepé le Pew. Your lover!"; explaining "I pierce you with the 'ack-ack' of love" while imitating a fighter pilot; and the modest "I always got As in gym" after swinging across a series of tree branches--but the second half gets bogged down by the ski chase. The action moves fast and the Jones crew provides some great expressions for Pepé and Penelope (particularly as they speed past the camera), but the whole sequence comes off as more tedious than anything else, and a typically inconclusive ending doesn't help. It will more or less be the norm going forward for Pepé cartoons.

Looney Tunes Video Show #2 (WHV, 1982)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in The Tuscaloosa News in Tuscaloosa, AL on October 10, 1956.
Heaven Scent (1956)

In a quasi-remake of The Odor-Able Kitty, Penelope rubs against a freshly painted flagpole to get revenge on menacing dogs and to steal food, but Pepé gets her in his sights and chases her through the mountains.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Fisherman, Dogs

Critique
Despite a very strong start, this short is hampered by a wildly uneven second half. The opening musical number sets such an elegant tone, as does Pepé's introductory "The Fountain in the Park" performance, that it almost makes one want to see Jones and company think outside the box a bit and do a musical Pepé le Pew cartoon in the vein of What's Opera, Doc? Instead, we're left with a very routine chase story where a gag that may work well (such as the skunk making his presence known inside a tree with an almost menacing "Marry me.") is followed by either a lame aside to the camera or some padding to the next scene. A prime example comes with perhaps the short's biggest highlight, where Pepé shouts "I, I, I, love, love, love, you, you, you" into a cliffside abyss in order to have the echo respond with "I love you, I love you, I love you," only to eventually offer a confusingly unfunny non sequitur to the camera: "Did you know that when you are in love it is almost impossible to get insurance?" The frustrating cartoon ends with Penelope running into a blocked tunnel, Pepé saying another faux-sophisticated pun to the audience, and then gamely hopping in after her--that's it! It's almost as if the film knows we've had enough and allows us to cut out while it continues on without any ending or resolution. Weak "ending" for a generally weak cartoon.

Looney Tunes Video Show #4 (WHV Canada, 1982)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Six (WHV DVD, 2008)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in The Rusk Cherokeean in Rusk, TX on November 14, 1957.
Touché and Go (1957)

After a road worker accidentally paints a stripe on her back, Penelope attracts Pepé, leading to a chase from the beach, throughout a series of boats, under the sea, and then onto a deserted island.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Road Worker, Pigdog, Boat Captain, Shark

Critique
This is an excellent example of how much Michael Maltese brings to the table on the Pepé cartoons. The difference between this one and the similarly structured Heaven Scent (penned by Chuck Jones and not Maltese) are like night and day--from the absurd throwaway insult of "Pigdog!" as the street-painter is kicking an interfering canine to Pepé's geniunely witty asides to the camera such as, "There are plenty of other fish in the ocean...if you like fish. Personally, I prefer girls. Call it a weakness." Best of all, when Jones and Maltese really gel together they're able to give Pepé a comedic streak that makes him more than a one-dimensional creeper. Such highlights include a submerged Pepé using his tail as a periscope (which then invokes its own quasi-facial expression upon seeing Penelope) and the skunk racing back and forth across the sea to fetch a hysterical Penelope a glass of water. (When he discovers that Penelope has fled, he then proceeds to empty the glass with the derisive aside, "I never touch the stuff myself.") The entire underwater third act is a delight in of itself, from Pepé gallantly defending Penelope from an approaching shark to the awesome one-liner, "If you are a skunk, you learn to hold your breath for a long time." Even the standard-issue non-ending ending is executed better than it has been in the past, with Penelope arriving on a remote island only to find a Robinson Crusoesque Pepé ask, "Friday? Monday? Right now?" It's touches like that and the final heart-shaped island shot that help elevate the series beyond mere formula.

Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: Comic Cat-tastrophies (WHV/Columbia House, 2001)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in the Bradford County Telegraph in Starke, FL on March 17, 1960.
Really Scent (1959)

Chuck Jones animator Abe Levitow directs this unique tale of Fabrette, a lonely New Orleans cat who can't find love due to her genetically abnormal white-striped tail...until tourist Pepé shows up and realizes for the first time that it's his natural odor that's keeping potential lovers away.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Boat Worker, Seweur Rat, Shipmates, Market Workers
June Foray: Narrator, Fabrette, Shopper, Market Workers
Michael Maltese: Shipmates, Market Workers

Critique
For the cable-TV generation, this may be the most memorable Pepé le Pew cartoon after For Scent-imental Reasons due to being in constant rotation on Nickelodeon--and ironically it's the only one in the Pepé series directed not by Chuck Jones but by chief animator Abe Levitow, who helmed a handful of shorts around this time while Jones was working on the "Gateways to the Mind" episode of The Bell Laboratory Science Series. Despite Levitow's own distinct style, which is usually more of a hyper-detailed version of Jones's, he doesn't do much to leave a unique mark on this cartoon. It comes off a little too generic visually, which in one way works well for the story's parabolic nature but then doesn't exhibit the grace or elegance Jones typically gave the Pepé shorts. Gags all work well, but again they lack the subtle finesse of the Jones films. The shift in focus to the pursued cat is a refreshing change of pace, as she's treated more as a motivated character and less like a mere object to chase. June Foray shines as the narrator, delicately balancing between being sympathetic to Fabrette and malicious. The final role-reversal sequence is effectively done (unlike in the past where Penelope just suddenly starts chasing Pepé instead) and provides a (for once) satisfying ending to a Pepé cartoon. Unfortunately after this one it will be back to business as usual for the rest of the series.

Pepe le Pew's Skunk Tales (WHV, 1986)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: Comic Cat-tastrophies (WHV/Columbia House, 2001)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in the Bradford County Telegraph in Starke, FL on March 16, 1961.
Who Scent You? (1960)

Penelope sneaks onto a cruise liner and catches Pepé's eye from afar on dry land, causing him to speed across the ocean floor and onto the ship in pursuit. Features a scene of Pepé visiting the ship's salon to groom himself, causing him to look like a "creamy puff."

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Deck Officer, Purser, First Mate, Le Capitaine

Critique
Average cartoon saddled with a needlessly overlong setup; sure enough, the short is already more than half over before the chase begins proper. The first half is chock full of little touches that made the Pepé shorts one of the more unique Warner Bros. series: the ship's purser (or whatever job he has) taking tickets but making sure to passionately kiss a female passenger, a fish smelling Pepé underwater and doing an exaggerated silent take, etc. Visually the short is a joy to watch, from one of the cuter designs for Penelope in a while (resembling a cross between Pussyfoot and the kitten from Go Fly a Kit) to Pepé's beautifully animated dance to "The Band Played On"--but sadly it's all a case of style over substance, as the main chase gags lack any originality or even much humor. Thankfully things are cut short for the typical inconclusive ending. It says a lot when the most memorable gag is a complete throwaway: The "creamy puff" sequence (including Pepé singing a goofy inverted version of "How Dry I Am") is one of those moments that should be more known than it is, as it displays a rare bit of playfulness that the series often sorely lacked.

Pepe le Pew's Skunk Tales (WHV, 1986)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in the Ames Daily Tribune in Ames, IA on October 10, 1962.
A Scent of the Matterhorn (1961)

After a charming musical number of "Tiptoe Through the Tulips," Pepé chases Penelope across the snowy mountaintops of the French Alps. Features the opening credits written in faux French.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Penelope, Cow, Chickens, Pig, Dog, Frog

Critique
Middling effort that should be better than it is. There are occasional flashes of brilliance sprinkled throughout--barnyard animals doing French versions of their respective onomatopoeias, including a pig's half-hearted "le grunt,"; Pepé randomly referring to Penelope as "Lolita" as a come-on--that it's a shame the main story is little more than a retread of Heaven Scent, which wasn't all that great of a cartoon to start with. Pepé has a couple of choice moments--introducing himself to Penelope with, "Everyone should have a hobby, don't you think? Mine is making love."; getting covered with snow only to announce, "Hey, I am the Abdominal Snowman, no?"; and wooing Penelope to the point where his body heat literally melts the snow around them--but a casual pace and lack of originality hurt the overall proceedings. Thankfully, this also includes one of the more satisfying non-ending endings the series has offered: Penelope sliding into an icy cave and seeing her reflection everywhere house-of-mirrors-style, while a delighted Pepé beams, "Girls! Acres and acres of girls, and they are mine! All mine!" Mel Blanc's delivery of the line contains the perfect mix of egotistic self-assurance and charming naiveté. On the other end of the film, the fractured-French opening credits is a novel one-off gag; it's only a shame that an equally inspired story didn't follow--and when the credits are the most notable thing about a cartoon, that's not usually a good sign.

Looney Tunes Video Show #6 (WHV Canada, 1982)
Longitude and Looneytude (WHV Laserdisc, 1994)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: A Battle of Wits (WHV/Columbia House, 2001)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

An ad appearing in the Alton Evening Telegraph in Alton, IL on February 8, 1964.
Louvre Come Back to Me! (1962)

In his theatrical swan song of the original studio era, Pepé follows a cat named Felice to the Louvre, squares off against jealous rival Pierre in an imaginary duel, and then causes several famous paintings to flee in terror.

Mel Blanc: Pepé le Pew, Bluebird, Pierre
Julie Bennett: Felice, Mona Lisa

Critique
Quite possibly the most seen of the later Pepé le Pew cartoons due to its constant presence on Saturday morning and its inclusion in Daffy Duck's Movie: Fantastic Island--it's not terrible, but it's certainly not the best the series had to offer. It's also the only Pepé short written by John Dunn, who doesn't provide the same comic bite that Michael Maltese or Chuck Jones gave their earlier stories but who nevertheless offers a couple decent one-liners ("This is my first affair, so please, be kind.") and chase gags--perhaps the most noteworthy one being Pepé trying to paint Felice's image but covers the whole image with a dust cloud after she speeds away ("Aw shucks. You moved."). The introduction of Pierre as a (however brief) threat to Pepé is actually a nice change of pace, and it would have been interesting to have seen a full short where the skunk squares off against an actual romantic rival a la Bugs Bunny's Hare Splitter. Unfortunately, though, it also leads to the centerpiece mock-duel scene, where Pepé describes such a conflict in excruciating detail while Pierre holds his breath. It's reminiscent of Fabrette's struggle with breathing back in Really Scent, and it was probably a much funnier idea when first conceived, but here the same gag takes three times as long to get to essentially the same punchline. The scene drags the short to a dead stop and kills any pace or momentum the story had been developing--even Pepé's genuinely funny final observation of "Where is everybody??" cannot save the sequence. The various reactions to Pepé's presence from both the patrons in the park and then later the actual Louvre exhibits provide the cartoon's biggest laughs, with the highlight perhaps being the paint crumbling off Edgar Degas's Two Dancers (1898) to reveal a paint-by-numbers outline underneath. If there's any consolation, at least the Pepé le Pew series ended while Jones and his crew were still doing (relatively) fine work and they still had a modest enough budget to allow the sort of delicate, charming animation that the cartoons thrived on...and of course, the Pepé cartoons never had to face the loss of Milt Franklin. One shudders at the thought of a circa-1964 Pepé short with clunky animation and out-of-place Bill Lava cues--or worse, an attempt to continue the series in the Depatie-Freleng era without the involvement of Jones, his animators, or Maltese, like a certain other cartoon series of theirs that could be named....

Looney Tunes Video Show #3 (WHV, 1982)
Looney Tunes the Collector's Edition: Cartoon Superstars (WHV/Columbia House, 2001)
Pepé le Pew: Zee Best of Zee Best (WHV DVD, 2011)

Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (1979)

Bugs Bunny brings in Pepé, Foghorn Leghorn, and Elmer Fudd to sing "Deck the Halls" in this reenactment of A Christmas Carol that casts Yosemite Sam as Scrooge and Porky Pig as Bob Crachit. Sylvester, Petunia Pig, and Tweety also make cameo appearances. Directed by Friz Freleng and produced for the TV special Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales.

Mel Blanc: Bugs Bunny, Yosemite Sam, Porky Pig, Foghorn Leghorn, Elmer Fudd, Pepé le Pew, Tweety, Sylvester, Light Company Man

Critique
Four years before Disney made the much more beloved and faithful Mickey's Christmas Carol, Bugs and the gang beat them to the punch with an abridged version that ironically comes off as preemptively derivative. Friz Freleng hadn't directed any new animation in a decade and it shows, helped in no part by being hampered by a television budget. Character movements are clunky, the animation at times looks smudgy and unrefined, and awkward close-ups are used to glibly convey emotion. Bugs doesn't so much teach Sam the error of his ways as he just pulls pranks on him and scares the crap out of him. It kinda misses the point of the original Charles Dickens story, which is odd considering how often it has been successfully adapted to countless other mediums and pop culture franchises. The use of many characters teeters delicately between cute and gratuitous, and the absence of Daffy is painfully obvious a result of corporate meddling (due to his Saturday morning show being on NBC rather than CBS). Doug Goodwin provides an engaging, dramatic score, but much of it is undercut by a rather generic production design; a non-specific "old-timey town" look that's more cluttered than Dickensian--oh, how an actual Depatie-Freleng-styled cartoon with minimalistic backgrounds would have been a visual treat to watch! Perhaps the funniest moment is the "light company" coming into Porky's house to cut the power by removing a candle from his dining room table, while Bugs's line "Ain't I a little Dickens, though?" is almost too clever for this cartoon. A cute, very in-character ending wraps things up nicely, but it's almost too little too late. Ultimately, it's all harmless, but very charmless.

NOTE: This made-for-TV short did not originally feature a title sequence, but one was created in 1992. The videos listed below include the cartoon as it was originally seen, without a title.

Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales (WHV, 1990)
Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume Five (WHV DVD, 2007)

An ad appearing in the Standard-Speaker in Hazleton, PA on August 25, 1995.
Carrotblanca (1995)

Pepé makes two brief appearances in this Casablanca parody that finds Bugs Bunny as a Bogart-like juice-joint owner who meets up with a long-lost love, Kitty (Penelope, in her first speaking role). Directed by Douglas McCarthy. Features the most appearances of Warner Bros. characters than any other short.

Greg Burson: Bugs Bunny, Foghorn Leghorn
Joe Alaskey: Daffy Duck, Sylvester, Train Announcer
Bob Bergen: Tweety, The Crusher
Tress MacNeille: Penelope
Maurice LaMarche: Yosemite Sam, Pepé le Pew

Critique
Generally entertaining cartoon, though maybe a bit too Animaniacs-ian at times--and thankfully not as soul-crushingly depressing as the later direct-to-video movies with Tom and Jerry figuring into classic Warner-owned movies. The specific jokes that spoof Casablanca are decent while staying respectful (whether by design or from studio pressure); not all of the film's iconic scenes and lines are here, but enough of the more-universally known bits are represented for casual movie buffs to get. The various cameos from the Looney Tunes characters are fun to look for without being distracting, although one can't help but suspect that maybe the reason for them was to sell the production cels through the Warner Bros. Studio Stores. Of the main cast, Tweety is a scream as Peter Lorre's Ugarte, and it's refreshing to see Daffy being funny without him acting as an adversary to Bugs. Having already voiced Bugs a few times before on Tiny Toon Adventures and other quick TV appearances, this marks Greg Burson's first major performance as the wabbit. The whole cast really stands out (Burson and Joe Alaskey especially), turning in some excellent takes on the characters without making them sound like hastily done impressions of Mel Blanc. Fresh off doing a few episodes of Taz-Mania and storyboarding a wealth of other series for various studios, director Douglas McCarthy juggles all the characters nicely and keeps the story moving. If there is to be any major criticism, then it's simply a longing to see what McCarthy could have done with the characters without a specific, famous plot to use as a crutch.

Carrotblanca: Looney Tunes Go to the Movies (WHV, 1996)
Casablanca: Two-Disc Special Edition (WHV DVD, 2003)
The Bogart Collection boxed set (WHV DVD, 2003)
Best Picture Oscar Collection set (WHV DVD, 2005)
Best Picture Oscar Collection: Drama boxed set (WHV DVD, 2005)
Humphrey Bogart: The Signature Collection Volume I boxed set (WHV DVD, 2006)
Casablanca (WHV HD DVD, 2006)
Casablanca: Ultimate Collector's Edition (WHV DVD, 2008)
Casablanca: Ultimate Collector's Edition (WHV Blu-ray, 2008)
Casablanca (WHV Blu-ray, 2009)
Casablanca (WHV Blu-ray, 2010)
The Essential Bugs Bunny (WHV DVD, 2010)
Casablanca: 70th Anniversary Edition boxed set (WHV Blu-ray, 2012)
Casablanca (WHV Blu-ray, 2012)
Casablanca/The African Queen (WHV Blu-ray, 2013)
The Best of Bogart Collection boxed set (WHV Blu-ray, 2014)


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