A cat-about-town fancies himself such an irresistible "hunk" he momentarily resembles Victor Mature. His wooing of a cute kitten gets derailed by a prankster dog using a cat hand puppet to trap him.

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A cat-about-town fancies himself such an irresistible "hunk" he momentarily resembles Victor Mature. His wooing of a cute kitten gets derailed by a prankster dog using a cat hand puppet to trap him.

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Likely also the first Looney Tunes cartoon to use the "bullseye" graphic that Merrie Melodies had been using for six years prior (with Looney Tunes using thicker rings), as well as the first to feature the "Porky in a drum" ending on a plain red background. (The remaining black and white Looney Tunes for 1942 and 1943 continue to use the curtain BG for the closing.) See more »

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Bird: Gee Willikers, you almost got him tonight.
Rosebud: Duh, I almost get him every night.
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Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
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Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Played after the Cat reads the note
Also played when the Cat slides down the stairs
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Atypically dull and slow moving Clampett short.
1 October 2008 | by (Lincoln, England) – See all my reviews

Bob Clampett's 'The Hep Cat' is a distinctly average cartoon only really notable for the fact that it was the first colour Looney Tune (previously Looney Tunes were all black and white while Merrie Melodies were in colour). The tale of a singing, dancing cat's attempts to woo a lady cat and a dog's attempts to catch the cat, 'The Hep Cat' lacks the trademark energy and pace of most Clampett shorts. To be fair, Clampett doesn't have a great deal to work with. Warren Foster's script is embarrassingly thin and, while he has spun straw into gold with other cartoons, Clampett doesn't manage it with 'The Hep Cat'. It's often said of Clampett that you can't mistake his cartoons for anyone else's and it's generally true but 'The Hep Cat' is an exception. There's flashes of Clampett genius, such as the chase scene in which the cat stops to ask the dog "Hey, are you following me". When the dog confirms that he is, the cat simply says "Oh" and the chase immediately resumes. Unfortunately, there's very little of such brilliance on show here. Knowing who directed it, 'The Hep Cat' is a bitter disappointment. We all have off days and this was clearly one of Clampett's!


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