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The Second To Last Of The Classic Era, WB Shorts.

9/10
Author: Dawalk-1 from Hialeah, Florida
9 May 2009

Cool Cat has the distinction and honor of starring in the last two WB shorts from the classic era, and one from each series: This short on which I'm commenting (Looney Tunes) and his follow-up, the late '60s Injun Trouble (Merrie Melodies). I agree with one of the commentators who reviewed this that it is among the better or best of not only the latter '60s WB cartoons but that entire decade's worth, rather this than the most apparently detested, which is the majority of the Speedy and Daffy shorts. I kind of feel sorry for the other reviewer who wasn't feeling it as much, because if the other had any better ideas and what he would've done, just out of curiosity, I'd like to read them. Anyway, back to the review on this.

I also saw this one on Youtube back in January and I think I saw this years ago on Looney Tunes on Nickelodeon too. I for one feel this short because it's a nice change of pace from Cool's usual encounters with Col. Rimfire and it's a nice try anyway to steer the scenario into a different direction. I give props and applaud the animation crew for that. Judging from what Matthew Hunter typed in the "Rarest Warner Bros. Cartoons Of All Time" link of the "Miscellooneous" blog/section of the Golden Age Looney Tunes site, this 1/2 of the Cool Cat shorts directed by Robert McKimson was a sign indicating that Cool Cat and his films were just improving. He may not have quite been on the same level as the majority of the Looney Tunes characters who emerged on the scene prior to him, but since he was fairly new at the time (which is understandable and sensible), he could have very well been on his way to being so (if given more time and opportunity). Because this fact seems to be neglected, at this point in his run, I consider Cool Cat to be underrated in this sense and instance.

What I like and find funny about this is not only with the bee constantly causing a disruption (and conversely giving him a boost in his athletic skills) by stinging Cool while he's in the process of partaking his sports activities, but also that he seems to be the only non-human student at Disco Tech, and that he eyes the female human students as his objects of desire and affections instead of some females his own species. For me, what makes this such fun is the rapidness of the seemingly endless stings and reactions to them by Cool from that pesky bee, right up to the contrary outcome of who wins at the ceremony. Recommended because, again, I'd put this ahead of most of the Daffy and Speedy cartoons.

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Bugged by a Bee was one of the funnier of the latter-day Warner Bros. cartoons

8/10
Author: tavm from Baton Rouge, La.
10 January 2009

Just watched this latter-day Warner Bros. Looney Tunes cartoon on YouTube as linked from the Misce-Looney-ous blog. It stars a now-forgotten character named Cool Cat who's voiced by Larry Storch, the star of Warner Bros. Television's "F Troop" (whose music scorer is the same here-William Lava). Cool Cat is a college student who wants to outscore the Big Man on Campus in athletics. With the help of a bee that keeps stinging his tail, he...well, watch the short. Directed by Bob McKimson (yes, that's how he's credited here), that bee provides most of the laughs from me in this not-so-limited animation short as there are some movements of Cool Cat that are pretty hilarious if I do say so myself. With this being one of the last of the WB theatrical cartoons in regular production, I'd recommend Bugged by a Bee to any Warner cartoon completist out there...

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Mediocre cartoon

4/10
Author: Richie the G from Somers Point, NJ
9 July 2002

Not one of these cartoons that I would see again and again. With the help of the bee, Cool Cat scores a touchdown, but only after running out-of-bounds several times and in-and-out of the football stadium. This was somewhat funny, but other than that, it is no match for most of the classic Bugs Bunny toons.

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