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Pepe Le Pew Silly Romance for All Kids

Updated on July 2, 2018
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I've written, contributed to several books on film, and worked in the film industry. I like to share the insights of the movie business.

Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood, a short documentary, in which Jones says Pepe was based on himself. He declares he was very shy with girls, and Pepe clearly is a pursuer of girls.

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. Though, Penelope is not so thrilled. 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 is 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 believable reason for the painted stripe. 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 are recalled. He 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 under water, "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. Though I know my kids can't relate to all the quirky lines in cartoons. I do know that they are riveted to the screen because of the cartoon artists create unprecedented characterizations.

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.

Acting Exercises

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 out the episode. 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 simply cast one child as the skunk and the other a Penelope. If you can, a boy is Pepe Le Pew and a girl is Penelope for obvious reasons. Just let them have fun with the characters.

When they are done with their scene, validate them for being so good and continue to encourage them.

Over a Thousand Voices

Chuck Jones created Pepe Le Pew and brought in the talented man with over a thousand voices, Mel Blanc. 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 was fashioned after Maurice Chevalier. I don't agree because only Boyer would pursue and pursue. Though, Chevalier would be stupid enough to think a cat as a skunk.

With all that, Chuck Jones: Memories of Childhood, a short documentary, in which Jones says Pepe was based on himself. He declares he was very shy with girls, and Pepe clearly 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.

The Best Family Friendly Movies

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 Pepe Le Pew is the silliness and resilience of the lovelorn skunk. While Penelope tries her best to get away from him, she does not succeed 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 a normal reaction to a skunk's spray. Yet, Pepe Le Pew never does spray her. He only longs for her. That alone keeps the pungent smell at bay.

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 truly unique cartoons in the Looney Tunes repertoire.

© 2012 Kenna McHugh

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