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Lovable and Silly Cartoon for Kids
Love is always in the air in Paris with Pepe Le Pew in Looney Tunes: Pepe Le Pew Collection.
The Warner Bros. disc features 17 comical shorts of the lovable French skunk, Pepe Le Pew. He strolls around Paris in the springtime, where everyone’s thoughts are of love and romance. Pepe sees Penelope, falls in love, and pursues the black cat, which is delightful. Penelope is not so thrilled, though. She does everything in her power to get away from the smelly Pepe. The cartoon drawings show hilarious expressions that will delight the kids. Giggles are sure to follow.
Blinded By Love
Pepe Le Pew episodes usually engage Pepe in pursuit of a black female cat that appears to be a female skunk, according to love-struck Pepe. But, kids of all ages watching the cartoons know that Pepe becomes blinded by love.
He is so in love that he doesn't even know that Penelope Pussycat is a cat with a white stripe painted down her back. The creators of this amusing cartoon series made a reason for the painted line. The white strip happened by accident when she crawled under a newly painted picket fence.
As Pepe pursues and pursues Penelope, she runs and runs away from him. Not because she is shy, but because, being a skunk, Pepe has a rancid odor and aggressive manner. It's quite entertaining to watch Pepe hop after her at a carefree pace and as a love-struck skunk.
Ze Arms of Pepe are Upon You
Countless memorable scenes of the lovestruck skunk come to mind. Pepe is on the yacht with the girlfriend and says, "I am ze captain, and you are ze first mate. Promotions will follow quickly!"
I remember Pepe swimming underwater, "When you are a skunk, you learn how to hold your breath for a long time."
Another unforgettable line is "Acres and acres of girls!! And they are mine!! All mine!!!"
I chuckle to myself as I recall these moments. They are so very precious. My kids can't relate to some of the funny lines. But, I know that they watch riveted to the screen because the cartoon artists created unique characterizations.
"This little love bundle. Now she is seeking for us a trysting place. Touching, is it not? Come, my little peanut of brittle. I will help you. Wait for me. Wait."
— Pepe Le Pew
While Penelope tries her best to get away from him, she fails but suffers the smelly consequences. Just imagine being chased by a love-struck skunk. The smell is so strong and permeating. Penelope's reaction is not even close to normal regarding a skunk's spray. Pepe Le Pew never does spray her, and he only longs for her, which alone keeps the pungent smell at bay.
"What is this? Oh, but of course. This little one wishes to commit suicide to prove her love for me — what a sweet gesture. Nevertheless, I must prevent it."
— Pepe Le Pew
Kids have great imaginations and love to copy what they see others do. As a parent, and you have the time, after the kids watch one of the Pepe Le Pew and Penelope episodes, encourage them to act it out. Even as an acting teacher for kids, this is one of the best acting exercises.
Young kids take great pleasure in acting out what they just saw on the screen. Looney Tunes Pepe Le Pew cartoons offer very little dialogue, so it should be easy for each child to act out the story.
You cast one child as the skunk and the other a Penelope. You can have a boy like Pepe Le Pew and a girl like Penelope. Just let them have fun with the characters.
When they finish with their scene, validate them for being so good and encourage them.
Over a Thousand Voices
Chuck Jones created Pepe Le Pew and hired a talented man, Mel Blanc, with over a thousand voices. Blanc provided the voice for Pepe and based his mannerisms on Charles Boyer's Pépé le Moko from Algiers (1938). Others have stated that Pepe comes across fashioned after Maurice Chevalier. I can't entirely agree because only Boyer would pursue and pursue. Though, Chevalier would be stupid enough to think of a cat as a skunk.
With all that, Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood, a short documentary in which Jones says he based Pepe on himself. He declares he was ultra shy with girls, and Pepe is a pursuer of girls.
One thing is for sure, Pepe Lew Pew episodes are a delight for kids to watch. The stories are very innocent but funny. I hope you and your kids enjoy them as much as we have over the years.
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I hope you get a chance to take a peek at Pepe Le Pew because these cartoons are nothing like Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Foghorn Leghorn, or Elmer Fudd. The hallmark of Pepe Le Pew is the silliness and resilience of the lovelorn skunk.
As you watch Looney Tunes Pepe Le Pew, I guarantee you will find yourself chuckling and enjoying the miss-adventures of Pepe Le Pew and Penelope. I wish there were more available because they are unique cartoons in the Looney Tunes repertoire.
© 2012 Kenna McHugh