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" . . . thanks to some help from her animator friends in TWO SCENTS WORTH" could be a headline from your favorite Hollywood tabloid. TWO SCENTS (not to be confused with 50 Cents) is a "Merrie Melodies" animated short released by Warner Bros. in the 1950s. Most of the classic Henry-the-Serial-Rapist-Skunk (a.k.a., "Pepe Le Pew) episodes begin with the involuntary white-striping of a black female cat (named "Penelope" in the outings set in the late 1800s) and her clone-like descendants. In TWO SCENTS WORTH, it's an Alpine village bank robber who sloshes on this dye job to create a diversion for his heist. After Pepe drives this miscreant from the scene, Penelope's descendant ends up in the seemingly immortal Pepe's clutches (not unlike her great-great-great-great-great grandma had). The initial look of fright, terror and horror playing across her face as she shakes, shivers, and squirms in the Vicegrip of Pepe's stranglehold by far out-strips any semblance of human emotions Ms. Foster was able to muster during her similarly-themed live action feature, THE ACCUSED (also from the 1900s). Warner's attitude toward the painted she-cat always has been, "Well, Sweetie, you might as well relax and enjoy your inevitable assault." The context for such a finale in TWO SCENTS WORTH perfectly anticipates Secret Agent 007 James Bond's skiing exploits. In fact, Bond's relationship with women seems to be entirely plagiarized from the School of Pepe Le Pew.
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If you like Pepe LePew, you'll like Two Scents Worth. If you don't, not so much. I personally do like him(though he's not my favourite Looney Tunes character), much more so as when I did ten years ago. While not quite in the same vein as For Scent-imental Reasons, Scent-imental Romeo, The Cats Bah and Touche and Go, Two Scent's Worth is a very funny and charming cartoon. If you are familiar with the basic formula of the Pepe LePew cartoons or aren't fond of a series of cartoons that follow the same basic formula, then you will find that apart from the setting that there is little new and a lot of it unsurprising. Also while the beginning of Two Scent's Worth sets things up very nicely, I often find that it's when Pepe is on screen that the cartoon comes to life properly and I found that to be the case with Two Scent's Worth. However, the animation is great, very smooth and elegant which was true of almost all the Looney Tunes cartoons of this decade, and the music has much character and energy amid the lush orchestration. As with Pepe much of the humour is verbal, ten years ago it was the kind of humour that went over my head but now I admire how risqué and possibly even boundary-pushing for Looney Tunes it was. There are some really witty and ardent gems here, "Poems are made by fools like me" will make one smile but the best was "I am Pepe LePew...your lover", you will rarely find a proclamation of love more direct than that! There is still room for some visual gags, like the robber locking himself in the cell upon on sight and smell of Pepe. The love-shaped parachute idea proved to be a very charming one. The cat is a nice foil, but as always it's Pepe who steals the show. Mel Blanc does a superb job with the voices. All in all, very funny and charming, while not the best of Pepe there is plenty to like about it. 8/10 Bethany Cox
For the most part, "Two Scents Worth" is the same as any other Pepe Le
Pew cartoon, but aside from the unique setting - the French Alps
instead of gay Paree - just see what happens at the end. So some people
will say that Pepe's insatiable horniness is inappropriate for
children. News flash for such people: THESE CARTOONS WEREN'T ORIGINALLY
PRODUCED FOR THE KIDDIES. They were shown immediately preceding feature
films back in the days when theaters preceded features with cartoons.
So, it's a pretty funny short. I get the feeling that if Chuck Jones could have turned these cartoons into adult-oriented feature films, he probably would have developed Pepe's sex drive a lot further. Worth seeing.
As for the Alps themselves, many reports say that global warming could obliterate them.
I mean, really, I did. How could I be so naive (correction: deluded) into
thinking the Looney Tunes on Cartoon Network was NOT the same Looney Tunes
cartoons I saw when I was but a wee child, because it was!!! Remember how I
said that "A Scent Of The Matterhorn" was proof positive that Chuck Jones
and Michael Maltese (especially Michael Maltese, God rest his soul) did
everything and anything in their own way into making the Pepe Le Pew
cartoons...oh, what's the word for it...adult? Well, THAT was proof
(if there is such a thing). THIS is proof positive.
If you think I have too much time on my hands to write this, well, I do...BUT, let me ask you this...what cartoon in this day and age includes this line, and I quote, "Guess who? It is me! Oh, pardonnez-moi. Permit me to introduce to you myself. I am Pepe Le Pew--your lovair!" followed by Pepe kissing her arm to seemingly no end, shamelessly jumping into the arms of the traumatized Penelope, and convincing her that she tried to whisk him away?
None, that's what. And the shows that DO have lines that are considered risque for virgin ears are usually cancelled within two seasons (i.e., "Toonsylvania", "Mad Jack The Pirate").
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