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All of the looney tunes talk funny, but the french characters in the Pepe Le
Pew pictures are in a class by themselves. Heaving le sigh for une holiday,
la chattte du miauw crawls beneath a fence avec Wette Painte' and guess le
what? This leaves une stripe blanc all the way down her back. Quelle une
relief she never gets wette once in le picture, otherwise le story would be
Le French abandon le ship du steam to get away from the faux-pas skunk du pew. But her aloneness is almost over, for Pepe has caught a whiff (so to speak) of a female lady skunk of the fair sex. Les skunk légitime simply walks across the waves and the bottom of the ocean to catch le ship. Le wette look suits him beaucoup, but when Pepe uses a hair dryer he comes out looking like a Garfield Noir. Les restant du film is the usual stuff du chase aboard le ship, only the way silly Pepe sees it, it is she who is chasing him. She flips him.
7 out of 10
Fun Pepé Le Pew short from the great Chuck Jones. Penelope the black pussycat wants to get aboard a French ocean liner but isn't allowed so she decides to sneak onto the ship. In her effort to do so, she accidentally gets a white stripe painted down her back. When Pepé Le Pew sees her climbing aboard the ship, he jumps into the ocean and swims out to her. As always, the incomparable Mel Blanc is terrific as Pepé and as Penelope. The animation is colorful with well-drawn characters and backgrounds. The gags are funny and the French puns and jokes about Pepé's odor are timeless. The reaction of the ship's crew and passengers when they know a skunk is on board is hilarious. Pepé cartoons never disappoint.
The Pepe LePew cartoons are ones that I appreciate more now than I did 10 years ago. And while none of them are among my favourite cartoons of all time and they are basically one-joke formulas, they are entertaining and you are impressed by the stuff that they get away with here. While there are better Pepe cartoons about, ones with more colourful and elegant animation and more appealing character designs, I do have a soft spot Who Scent You? as it was my first one. Other than the ship setting, don't expect something different story-wise, there's little of surprise really. But this is not to knock Who Scent You? as there is also much to like about it. The music is outstanding, with the typical lush orchestration, recognisable old favourites and the charming French style to remind us of the time and place. The cartoon moves briskly and never feels dull, and the humour is great. There are some very amusing gags, the ending visual gag puts a smile to one's face and the brief part underwater with the fish collapsing at Pepe's smell also. Again like with all Pepe's cartoons, much of it is verbal, and there are some very witty and funny lines, sometimes you have to admire how direct Pepe's- who always bags the best lines- proposals are, also making for brilliant comedy. Pepe, well supported also by the cat, is the same roguish and horny yet somewhat lovable character he always has been, and Mel Blanc in a characterisation reminiscent of both Charles Boyer and Maurice Chevalier is superb. All in all, not Pepe's best but a lot of fun. 8/10 Bethany Cox
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. . . not to mention the Titanic, Exxon Valdez, and Costa Concordia riddles, as well. Nautical investigators have assumed for decades that the Mary Celeste's entire crew left the eventual "ghost ship" after a storm had smashed up the kegs of whiskey in her cargo hold, overcoming the sailors with unbearable fumes. The Titanic's icy collision usually is blamed on the captain's ill-advised attempt to set a speed record for Trans-Atlantic crossings (though American radio commentator Paul Harvey speculated that the Cunard liner's fuel source--giant coal bins--were on fire, necessitating a reckless course). The Exxon and Concordia disasters have been blamed simply upon drunken captains. But WHO SCENT YOU suggests an alternate explanation for the abandoned Mary Celeste and the other tragedies. WHO ends with the massive French liner "S.S. Eel De France" steaming--abandoned and devoid of life--into the wide, dark sea. All it takes to produce this state of affairs is a crew perception of skunks aboard ship. Since countless car wrecks have been caused by drivers being startled by snakes coming out of hibernation, or even the odd wasp and bee flying through an open window, WHO may be on to something. Maybe distraction-by-skunk actually IS one of the primary maritime hazards.
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