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Encyclopedia > Pepe Le Pew
Pepe Le Pew in the short Little Beau Pepe.
Pepe Le Pew in the short Little Beau Pepe.

In a series of Warner Bros. cartoons, Pepe Le Pew (voiced by Mel Blanc imitating Charles Boyer's Pepe le Moko from Algiers (1938), a remake of the 1937 French film Pepe le Moko [1]) is a French skunk who always strolls around in Paris in the springtime, when everyone's thoughts are of love. Pepe would like to fall in love, as well. However, he has two huge turnoffs to any prospective mates: his malodorous scent and the fact that he comes on too strong. Normally, Pepe's romantic interests should include female skunks ("petite femme skunk"), but each episode invariably revolves around Pepe pursuing a "skunk", who, unbeknownst to him, is usually a hapless black cat (retroactively named Penelope) that inadvertently gets a white stripe painted down her back. She does not, however, reciprocate his amorous feelings, especially since his smell is rather offensive to all who encounter it. (Although they may smell a little musty, real skunks do not smell awful until they release the odor, usually in self-protection.) Image File history File links Pepe Le Pew in the Looney Tunes short Little Beau Pepe. ... Image File history File links Pepe Le Pew in the Looney Tunes short Little Beau Pepe. ... Warner Bros. ... A cartoon is any of several forms of art, with varied meanings that evolved from one to another. ... Melvin Jerome Blanc, better known as Mel Blanc (born Melvin Jerome Blank May 30, 1908 in San Francisco, California; died July 10, 1989 in Los Angeles, California), was a famous American voice actor for many animation studios, primarily the Warner Brothers and Hanna-Barbera studios. ... Charles Boyer in Love Affair Charles Boyer (August 28, 1899 – August 26, 1978) was a French actor. ... Algiers a 1938 film directed by John Cromwell with Charles Boyer. ... 1938 was a common year starting on Saturday (link will take you to calendar). ... 1937 was a common year starting on Friday (link will take you to calendar). ... Genera Mephitis Spilogale Conepatus The skunks or Mephitidae are a family of medium-sized mammals, typically black-and-white-furred, belonging to the order Carnivora. ... The Eiffel Tower has become the symbol of Paris throughout the world. ... Retroactive continuity – commonly contracted to the portmanteau word retcon – refers to adding new information to historical material, or deliberately changing previously established facts in a work of serial fiction. ...


Chuck Jones, Pepe's creator, says that Pepe 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 requited. Eddie Selzer, producer—and Jones' bitterest foe—at Warners then, once commented that no one would laugh at those cartoons. (He actually used a much less pleasant term.) However, this did not keep Selzer from accepting an award for one of Pepe's pictures several years later. Charles Martin Chuck Jones (September 21, 1912–February 22, 2002) was an American animator, cartoon artist, screenwriter, producer, and director of animated films, most memorably of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts for the Warner Brothers cartoon studio. ... Termite Terrace is the nickname for the old building on Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, USA where Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies were first created. ... Edward Stacey Tedd Pierce III (August 12, 1906, – February 19, 1972), was an American animated cartoon writer, animator and artist. ... Edward Eddie Selzer (January 12, 1893 - February 22, 1970) was producer of the Warner Bros. ...


In the shorts, a kind of pidgin "French" is spoken and written primarily by adding "le" to English words, or by more creative mangling of French expressions with English ones, such as "Sacre Maroon!", "my sweet peanut of brittle", or "Ah, my little darling, it is love at first sight, is it not, no?". The writer responsible for these often-brilliant malapropisms was Michael Maltese. Look up Malapropism on Wiktionary, the free dictionary A malapropism (from French mal à propos, ill to purpose) is an incorrect usage of a word, usually with comic effect. ... Michael Maltese (February 6, 1908 - February 22, 1981) was a storyboard artist and screenwriter for Warner Bros. ...


Maltese transcribed some dialog from the short "For Scent-imental Reasons", for which Jones was awarded an Oscar in 1949: Although he never won an Oscar for any of his movie performances, the comedian Bob Hope received two honorary Oscars for his contributions to cinema. ...

Skunk: (sings) Affair d'amour? Affair d'coeur? Je ne say quois ... je vis en espoir. (Sniffs) Mmmm m mm ... un smella voo feenay ... (Hums)
Gendarme: Le kittee kel terriblay odeur!! Pard'm was ... Jo-seph ... apray midi le fudge is burning!
Proprietor: Allay Gendarme!! Allay!! Return'mwa!! This instonce!! Oh, pauvre mwa, I am ze banrupt ... (Sobs)
Cat: Le mew ? Le purrrrrrr.
Proprietor: A-a-ahhh. Le pussee ferocious! Remove zot skunk! Zot cat-pole from ze premises!! Avec!!
Cat: (Smells skunk) Sniff, sniff, sniff-sniff, sniff-sniff.
Skunk: Quel es? ... Ahhh ... la belle femme skunk fatale!! Tch-tch.

In recent years, the shorts featuring his character have been more and more downplayed and even banned as his relentless pursuit of clearly unappreciative females comes across more as stalking. Not that it was entirely one-sided: one cartoon ended with an accidentally painted (and now terrified) Pepe being romantically pursued by a female cat with a cold! In mathematics, stalk usually refers to the idea of the stalk of a sheaf. ...


The cartoon that introduced the character, Jones' "Odor-Able Kitty" (1945), differs from later enties in several particulars: it takes place in New York City rather than Paris; Pépé spends his time in (unknowing) pursuit of a male cat, who has deliberately disguised himself as a skunk for reasons of his own; and in the closing gag, Pépé is revealed to actually be a philandering American skunk named Henry (with a wife and children!). For the remaining cartoons Jones directed, Pépé retained his accent, nationality, and bachelor status, and the object of his pursuit was always (or nearly always) female. Pépé, or a slightly altered version of the character, also appears in the Arthur Davis-directed cartoon "Odor of the Day" (1948); in this entry, the theme of romantic pursuit is discarded as the skunk vies with a male dog for accomodations on a bitterly cold night. Midtown Manhattan, looking north from the Empire State Building, 2005 New York City (officially named the City of New York) is the most populous city in the United States, the most densely populated major city in North America, and is at the center of international finance, politics, entertainment, and culture. ... Arthur Art Davis (June 14, 1905 - May 9, 2000) was an animator and a director for Warner Brothers Termite Terrace cartoon studio. ...


See also Fifi Le Fume Fifi Le Fume (voiced by Kath Soucie) is a fictional character featured in the Warner Brothers 1990-1992 TV animated series, Tiny Toon Adventures. ...


In the French version of Pepe le Pew, Pépé le putois, Pépé is an Italian skunk with a strong Italian accent. Most of the dialog is in French, though some Italian words and expressions are also used, such as, mon petit farfalle, mon petit ravioli e pesto when talking to the cat, or c'est le moment de la mise amore. In some previous dubbings, his voice was based on typically French actor and seducer Yves Montand. Yves Montand Yves Montand (October 13, 1921 – November 9, 1991) was a French/Italian actor, born Ivo Livi in Monsummano Alto, Italy. ...


Johnny Depp drew upon Pepe (along with guitarist Keith Richards) for his characterization of Captain Jack Sparrow in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. Johnny Depp John Christopher Depp II, widely known as Johnny Depp (born June 9, 1963 in Owensboro, Kentucky), is an American actor. ... Album photograph by Sante D’orazio Keith Richards (born December 18, 1943 in Dartford, Kent), is a British guitarist and songwriter, best known for his work with The Rolling Stones, the band he founded with vocalist Mick Jagger and Brian Jones in 1962. ... Captain Jack Sparrow is a main character in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003), played by Johnny Depp. ... Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl is a movie of adventure and romance set in the Caribbean during the seventeenth century. ...


Filmography of Pepe le Pew

  • "Odor-able Kitty" (1945)
  • "Scent-imental Over You" (1947)
  • "Odor of the Day" (1948)
  • "For Scent-imental Reasons" (1949), Academy Award
  • "Scentimental Romeo" (1951)
  • "Little Beau Pepé" (1952)
  • "Wild Over You" (1953)
  • "The Cats Bah" (1954)
  • "Dog Pounded" (1954) - a guest appearance in a Sylvester the cat and Tweety movie
  • "Two Scent's Worth" (1955)
  • "Past Perfumance" (1955)
  • "Heaven Scent" (1956)
  • "Touché and Go" (1957)
  • "Really Scent" (1959)
  • "Who Scent You?" (1960)
  • The Bugs Bunny Show (1960) TV Series
  • "A Scent of the Matterhorn" (1961)
  • "Louvre Come Back to Me!" (1962)
  • The Porky Pig Show (1964) TV Series
  • Bugs Bunny's Easter Special (1977) Made for TV
  • The Daffy Duck Show (1978) TV Series
  • Bugs Bunny's Christmas Carol (1979) Made for TV
  • Bugs Bunny's Looney Christmas Tales (1979) Made for TV
  • The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie (1979)
  • The Looney, Looney, Looney Bugs Bunny Movie (1981)
  • Bugs Bunny's Mad World of Television (1982) Made for TV
  • Bugs vs. Daffy: Battle of the Music Video Stars (1988) Made for TV
  • "Carrotblanca" (1995) - Voice by Greg Burson
  • Space Jam (1996) - Voice by Maurice LaMarche
  • Looney Tunes: Back in Action (2003)

  Results from FactBites:
 
Don Markstein's Toonopedia: Pepe LePew (233 words)
Pepe continued to force his attentions on his unrequiting enamorata in a half-dozen or so subsequent outings over the next several years.
Pepe's voice, like those of Bugs, Daffy and so many other Warner characters, was provided by the incredibly versatile Mel Blanc.
Pepe never made it in comics, and while not being completely ignored, has not been a prominent part of the latter-day revival of the Looney Tunes characters.
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