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The Hep Cat (1942)

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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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The Hep Cat / Rosebud (voice) (uncredited)
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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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First color Looney Tunes cartoon. See more »

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Bird: Gee Willikers, mister. That ain't a real girl.
The Hep Cat: Well, I can dream, can't I?
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Java Jive
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Music by Ben Oakland
Lyrics by Milton Drake
Sung with substitute lyrics by the Cat
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Liked The Slang, But Little Else
21 April 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I love to hear the slang of the day, whatever decade, and this one has a lot of it of the '40s beginning with the title. For those you don't know, "hep" used to mean "hip" or "cool" or whatever. Here, it's cat who struts his stuff in words, song and dance. He spots this hot female feline and is smitten. The trouble is this stupid dog - and he is portrayed as really stupid at times, clever at other times - keeps interfering.

Getting back to the slang: just read the note the Hep Cat receives one day: "Dear Gorgeous Hunk, If you would like to pitch some woo - come back to the fence for a rendezvous!"

I love it! Words like "hunk," come back around every other generation but "woo" has been out of our vocabulary since about 1950.

Unfortunately, this was the only funny thing in the cartoon. I enjoyed the artwork and the direction the humor was not much. There seems to be a big difference in a lot of these Looney Tunes, depending on the decade. The early '50s still hold up well today, but some of these '40s are too dated to be funny.


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