PEPé LE PEW is a fictional character from the
* 1 Premise
* 1.1 Settings * 1.2 Narcissism * 1.3 Reversals * 1.4 Variations
* 2 Production
* 2.1 Cameo appearances * 2.2 Later appearances
* 3 Feature film * 4 In popular culture * 5 Voice actors * 6 Filmography * 7 References * 8 Bibliography * 9 External links
Pepé Le Pew
The setting is always a mise-en-scène echoing with fractured French
. They include Paris in the springtime, the
Sahara , the
Pepé describes Penelope as lucky to be the object of his affections, and uses a romantic paradigm to explain his failures to seduce her. For example, he describes a hammer blow to his head as a form of flirtation rather than rejection. Accordingly, he shows no sign of narcissistic injury or loss of confidence no matter how many times he is rebuffed.
In a role-reversal, the
In another short, Little Beau Pepé, Pepé, attempting to find the most arousing cologne with which to impress Penelope, sprays a combination of perfumes and colognes upon himself. This resulted in something close to a love-potion, leading Penelope to fall madly in love with Pepé in an explosion of hearts. Pepé is revealed to be extremely frightened of overly-affectionate women ("But Madame!"), much to his dismay, as Penelope quickly captures him and smothers him in more love than even he could imagine.
And yet again, in Really Scent, Pepé removes his odor by locking
himself in a deodorant plant so Penelope (Or known as "Fabrette", in
this instance a black cat with an unfortunate birthmark) would like
him (this is also the only episode that Pepé is acutely aware of his
own odor, having checked the word Pew in the dictionary). However,
Penelope (who in this picture is actually trying to have a
relationship with Pepé because all the male cats of
Although Pepé usually mistakes Penelope for a female skunk, in Past Perfumance, he realizes that she is a cat when her stripe washes off. Undeterred, he proceeds to cover his white stripe with black paint, taking the appearance of a cat before resuming the chase.
To emphasise Pepé's cheerful dominance of the situation, Penelope is always mute (or more precisely, makes only natural cat sounds, albeit with a stereotypical "le" before each one) in these stories; only the self-deluded Pepé speaks (several non-recurring human characters are given minimal dialogue, often nothing more than a repulsed, "Le pew!").
Sometimes this formula is varied. In his initial cartoon, Odor-able
Kitty , Pepé (going by the name Henry in this short) unwittingly
pursues a male cat who has deliberately disguised himself as a skunk
(complete with the scent of
Chuck Jones , Pepé's creator, wrote that Pepé was based (loosely)
on the personality of his Termite Terrace colleague, writer Tedd
Pierce , a self-styled "ladies' man" who reportedly always assumed
that his infatuations were reciprocated. :119 Pepé's voice, provided
Mel Blanc , was based on
Charles Boyer 's
Pépé le Moko from
In the shorts, a kind of pseudo-French or Franglais is spoken and written primarily by adding "le" to English words (example: "le skunk de pew"), or by more creative mangling of French expressions with English ones, such as "Sacré Maroon!", "My sweet peanut of brittle", "Come to me, my little melon-baby collie!" or "Ah, my little darling, it is love at first sight, is it not, no?", and "It is love at sight first!" The writer responsible for these malapropisms was Michael Maltese .
Some dialogue from the Oscar -winning 1949 short For Scent-imental Reasons : PEPé: (sings) Affaire d'amour ? Affaire de cœur ? Je ne sais quoi… je vive en espoir. (Sniffs) Mmmm m mm… un smella vous finez… (Hums) GENDARME: Le kittee quel terrible odeur !! PROPRIETOR: Allez Gendarme !! Allez !! Retournez-moi !! This instonce!! Oh, pauvre moi, I am ze bankrupt… (Sobs) CAT/PENELOPE: Le mew? Le purrrrrrr. PROPRIETOR: A-a-ahhh. Le pussy ferocious! Remove zot skunk! Zot cat-pole from ze premises!! Avec !! CAT/PENELOPE: (Smells skunk) Sniff, sniff, sniff-sniff, sniff-sniff. PEPé: Quel est ? *notices cat* Ahh… le belle femme skunk fatale… *clicks tongue twice*
Blanc's voice for the character closely resembles the one he used for "Professor Le Blanc", the harried violin instructor on The Jack Benny Program .
Pepé Le Pew's cartoons were dubbed in French; in the French version (Pépé le putois), Pepé speaks with a heavy Italian accent. His voice is a parody of Yves Montand .
Chuck Jones first introduced the character (originally named STINKY) in the 1945 short Odor-able Kitty (see "Variations "). For the remaining cartoons Jones directed, Pepé retained his accent, nationality, and bachelor status throughout, and the object of his pursuit was nearly always female.
A possible second cameo appearance is at the end of Fair and Worm-er (Chuck Jones, 1946). This skunk doesn't speak, but looks identical (or is a close relation) and shares the same mode of travel and a slight variation of Pepé's hopping music. His function here is to chase a string of characters who had all been chasing each other (à la "There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly ").
A skunk often identified as Pepé appears in the Art Davis -directed cartoon Odor of the Day (1948); in this entry, the theme of romantic pursuit is missing as the skunk (in a non-speaking role, save for a shared "Gesundheit!" at the finish) vies with a male dog for lodging accommodations on a cold winter day. This should be noted as one of the two cartoons where the character, if this is indeed Pepé, uses his scent-spray as a deliberate weapon: shot from his tail as if it were a machine gun. The other one is Touché and Go , where he frees himself from the jaws of a shark by releasing his odor into the shark's mouth.
Pepé makes a more obvious cameo in Dog Pounded (1954), where he is attracted to Sylvester after the latter tried to get around a pack of guard dogs, in his latest attempt to capture and eat Tweety , by painting a white stripe down his back (in Pepé's only appearance in a Freleng short).
Pepé possibly makes a small appearance as a baby skunk in Mouse-Placed Kitten (1959), where he is reluctantly adopted by a mouse couple at the cartoon end.
Pepé was going to have a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit , but was later dropped for reasons unknown.
Pepé made several cameo appearances on the 1990 series Tiny Toon Adventures as a professor at Acme Looniversity and the mentor to the female skunk character Fifi La Fume . He appeared briefly in "The Looney Beginning" and had a more extended cameo in "It's a Wonderful Tiny Toon Adventures Christmas Special". The segment "Out of Odor" from the episode "Viewer Mail Day" saw character Elmyra disguise herself as Pepé in an attempt to lure Fifi into a trap, only to have Fifi begin aggressively wooing her.
In the 1995 animated short
Carrotblanca , a parody /homage of the
classic film Casablanca , both Pepé and Penelope appear: Pepé
Greg Burson ) as Captain Renault and Penelope (voiced by
Tress MacNeille ) as "Kitty Ketty" (modeled after
In The Sylvester &
Tweety Mysteries , in the episode, "Platinum Wheel
of Fortune", when Sylvester gets a white stripe on his back, a skunk
immediately falls in love with him. This is not Pepé, but a similar
character identified as "Pitu Le Pew". However, he does say, "What can
Pepé Le Pew
Pepé was, at one point, integral to the storyline for the movie Looney Tunes: Back in Action . Originally, once Bugs Bunny , Daffy Duck , DJ, and Kate arrived in Paris, Pepé was to give them a mission briefing inside a gift shop. Perhaps because of the group receiving their equipment in Area 52 , Pepé's scene was cut, and in the final film, he plays only a bit part, dressed like a police officer, who tries to help DJ (played by Brendan Fraser ) after Kate (played by Jenna Elfman ) is kidnapped. However, some unused animation of him and Penelope appears during the end credits, thus giving viewers a rare glimpse at his cut scene, and his cut scene appears in the movie's print adaptations. Pepé also appears in Space Jam , where his voice has curiously been changed into an approximation of Maurice Chevalier , as opposed to more traditional vocalization.
Loonatics Unleashed , a human based on
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A 2009 Valentine's Day-themed AT when her cell phone rings and displays Pepé's picture, Penelope's lovestruck beating heart bulges beneath her chest in a classic cartoon image.
A baby version of
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In October 2010, it was reported that
IN POPULAR CULTURE
Pepé Le Pew
Mel Blanc (1945–1985)
Greg Burson (
Tiny Toon Adventures ,
Carrotblanca , The Sylvester
Tweety Mysteries )
* ^ Heller-Nicholas, Alexandra (June 14, 2011). Rape-Revenge Films:
A Critical Study. McFarland. p. 61. ISBN 978-0-7864-8692-2 .
* ^ A B “Ah Love! Zee Grand Illusion! Pepé Le Pew, Narcissism
and Cats in the Casbah” in Reading the Rabbit; Explorations in
* ^ Dubbed by François Tavares.
* ^ Lussier, German (October 7, 2010). "
* Jones, Chuck (1989), Chuck Amuck, Avon, ISBN 0-380-71214-8
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