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I like the Pepe LePew cartoons now that I understand and appreciate the humour, which admittedly went over my head as a child. A Scent of the Matterhorn is not among his best(For Scent-imental Reasons, Touche and Go, Scent-imental Romeo and The Cat's Bah), the animation is rather gaudy and rushed-looking and Penelope(I think that's her name) is at her most non-descript. However, while the story is formulaic and not that surprising, it is briskly paced and is lifted by some inspired material. Pepe has some of his best ever lines, and there are a few great visual gags, I agree that the one with the frog is just priceless. Pepe is the one who has to carry his cartoons, and he always does so brilliantly. Underneath all that trademark roguish and risqué personality there is also something very charismatic and endearing about him, and you see all of this here. This is helped by Mel Blanc's consistently brilliant vocals, and there is also some great music, that sounds beautiful and enhances the humour very nicely, as well. All in all, a good Pepe cartoon but I do think he has done better. 8/10 Bethany Cox
Once again, Penelope accidentally gets painted white - this time due to a brush that came disconnected from a bicycle - Pepe sees her and thinks that she's a female skunk, and uses all his energy to catch her. But the end of "A Scent of the Matterhorn" reminded me of "Dr. Strangelove". You may recall that the title character proposes a fallout shelter with ten women for every man (probably the most self-serving idea of which I've every heard). What Pepe sees at the end of this cartoon sort of mirrors that. C'est l'amour! Then again, I'm probably reading too far into this cartoon. After all, it was probably just intended as some wacky entertainment to precede a feature film (and it is pretty funny, if not the best Pepe Le Pew cartoon). Check it out.
High in the Alps, a road marking cart gets unattached from it's horse and
runs free across the countryside. It runs across a cat, leaving a white
streak up her back. This is not a problem until the romantically-inclined
Pepe Le Pew spots the cat and mistakes her for a skunk. His passions
engaged, the chase begins!
When a road painter breaks free painting everything with a white streak, you'd really have to have never seen a Pepe cartoon before not to know what's coming. The material follows the usual trend and is reasonably amusing if you like Pepe cartoons. The truth is though, I'm not a big fan of his and this film had nothing that really made it stand out from the others - it doesn't do anything particularly clever or funny.
Pepe is the same as he usually is and has no twist in the cartoon to help him be more interesting. His cat prey is pretty nondescript and has no chance to impose herself on the cartoon.
Overall, if you are a fan of the series and can accept the basics as funny, then it is likely you will enjoy this. However I need a little more and I didn't get much from this.
Given that this is Bastille Day, a comment on a Pepe Le Pew is appropriate, don't you think? In this one Pepe is Pepe, of course, and the lines (mainly delivered by Pepe) are wonderful. While good scripts were important in most of the series that Warner Brothers did, visual gags tend to overshadow dialogue much of the time. For Pepe to work, the lines need to be funny, as visual gags are a bit limited by the premise and Pepe's personality is part of the charm to be found here in any case. This short has great lines, like, "You may call me Streetcar because of my desire for you." The ending is hilarious. My favorite sight gag in any Pepe Le Pew is in this one. Watch for the scene with the frog, with the frog's reaction to Pepe being the absolutely perfect reaction to have. Rumor has it that the frog here was a cousin of Michigan J. Frog who kept pestering him for work. This walk-on role was Michigan's way of "discouraging" his cousin from pursuing a career in show business. It worked quite well-his cousin reputedly joined the French Foreign Legion "to forget" his experience. Great cartoon. Well worth watching. Most highly recommended.
As much as I like Pepe Le Pew cartoons (except for the final one, "Louvre Come Back To Me"--Jones; 1962), I have to single this one (and "Two Scents Worth") as a sign that Chuck Jones really pushed the envelope on this series. The scene: Pepe sees the painted Penelope over a cliff and races down (literally) to meet her. After introducing himself, he breaks with this pick-up line, "Everyone should have a hobby, don't you think..." At first, I thought it wouldn't be the least bit offensive, until I heard the latter line, spoken in a really sexually suggestive voice, "Mine is making love," and was reminded that the Warner Brothers cartoons from 1939 to 1964 were everything today's milk-sopped, reality-based cartoons aren't: rude, crude, lewd, a laugh-riot, and a target for children and older audiences alike. As for Pepe's line (which was muted out on Nickelodeon for its sexual innuendo, but restored to cartoon Network): In the (paraphrased) words of Chicken on the episode of "Cow and Chicken" where Chicken fakes being near-sighted so he can get glasses: "That is a pretty wierd line, [Chuck] Jones. You let little kids hear THAT?" What I'm trying to say is that the 1940's and 1950's were a time where (premarital) sex was taboo, and it's ironic (almost paradoxal) that a cartoon series about a over-amorous French skunk womanizing was allowed to show in the theatres.
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