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Pepe Le Pew Silly Romance for All Kids

Updated on February 16, 2018
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I've written, contributed to several books on film. I like to share the insights of the business as best I can for those who appreciate it.

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.

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 watching Pepe hop after her at a carefree pace 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.

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.

Over a Thousand Voices

Chuck Jones created Pepe Le Pew and brought in the talent 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.

© 2012 Kenna McHugh

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