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Gay Purr-Ee
     

Gay Purr-Ee

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Director: Abe Levitow, Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons

Cast: Abe Levitow, Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons

 

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In the wake of the success of Disney's "101 Dalmatians," Warner Brothers has come up with a story about cats called "Gay Purr-ee." This song-filled adventure begins with Mewsette, a rural femme feline longing for the exciting life in Paris. She is kidnapped by some criminal cats. Things look bad until Jaune-Tom and his faithful friend Robespierre discover the crime

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In the wake of the success of Disney's "101 Dalmatians," Warner Brothers has come up with a story about cats called "Gay Purr-ee." This song-filled adventure begins with Mewsette, a rural femme feline longing for the exciting life in Paris. She is kidnapped by some criminal cats. Things look bad until Jaune-Tom and his faithful friend Robespierre discover the crime and claw their way to Mewsette's side in hopes of rescuing the purloined pussy. Judy Garland does the voice of Mewsette, and sings eight songs by Yip Harburg and Harold Arlen. The most memorable is "Paris Is A Lonely Town." Robert Goulet is the voice of Jaune-Tom, with Red Buttons as Robespierre. Other voices are by the legendary Mel Blanc, Hermione Gingold, Paul Frees, Morey Amsterdam, Julie Bennett and Joan Gardner. The superior animation was supervised by Chuck Jones, with the screenplay by Jones and his wife Dorothy.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Until the late '90s, Disney was the only studio that had any real commercial success with full-length animation -- and therefore very few studios were willing to take a gamble on anything other than seven-minute cartoons. Gay Purr-ee stands out as one of the rare non-Disney entries, and while it is no classic, its virtues are considerable. Chief among these are the vocal talents of stars Judy Garland and Robert Goulet, as well as supporting players Red Buttons, Morey Amsterdam, and delicious Hermione Gingold. Garland and Goulet provide especially fine characterizations, and rarely has a cartoon score been so well sung. The score itself is also noteworthy, with two songs -- "Little Drops of Rain" and "Paris Is a Lonely Town" -- deserving of much wider appreciation. The film's primary distinction, however, is the animation (as it should be). The flat, purposefully limited UPA-style animation is blended with a more traditional approach to good effect, but the backgrounds are what really stand out. Painted in homage to Van Gogh and the Impressionists, they are stunning and create an ambiance that is unique in the cartoon world. While the story is thin and the pacing drags somewhat, Gay Purr-ee is still a small pleasure that bears viewing.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/18/2014
UPC:
0888574100001
Original Release:
1962
Rating:
G
Source:
Warner Archives
Time:
1:25:00
Sales rank:
9,305

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Judy Garland Mewsette
Robert Goulet Jaune-Tom
Red Buttons Robespierre
Paul H. Frees Meowrice
Hermione Gingold Mme. Rubens-Chatte
Morey Amsterdam Voice Only
Mel Blanc Voice Only
Julie Bennett Voice Only
Joan Gardner Voice Only

Technical Credits
Abe Levitow Director
Hal Ambro Animator
Ray Aragon Production Designer
Ted Baker Editor
Earl Bennett Editor
Corny Cole Cinematographer,Production Designer
Art David Animator
Philip Duncan Animator
Ken Harris Animator
Sam Horta Editor
Roy Hutchcroft Cinematographer
Volus Jones Animator
Dorothy Jones Screenwriter
Chuck Jones Screenwriter
Duane Keegan Cinematographer
Richard Kelsey Set Decoration/Design
Edward Levitt Production Designer
Don Lusk Animator
Fred Madison Animator
Dan Miller Cinematographer
Ernest Nordli Production Designer
Phill Norman Set Decoration/Design
Phil Norman Set Decoration/Design
Ray Patterson Animator
Donald A. Peters Set Decoration/Design
Henry G. Saperstein Producer
Grant Simmons Animator
Robert Singer Production Designer
Hank Smith Animator
Irven Spence Animator
Jack Stevens Cinematographer
Harvey Toombs Animator
Richard Ung Production Designer
Ben Washam Animator
Ralph Wright Screenwriter

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Gay Purr-Ee 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is my favorite animated movie from childhood. I remember reading the TV Guide and hoping to spot it in the listings. It's a great story - sort of a cautionary ''tail'' with wonderful songs and, of course, the timeless voice of Judy Garland. There's lots of comedy and action included along with the ''romance'' - so boys will like it too. Enjoy!
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