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The Hep Cat (1942) - Looney Tunes Theatrical Cartoon Series The Hep Cat

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>Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Leon Schlesinger Studios
  • Animated Characters: Hep Cat, Rosebud the Dog, Bird.
  • Originally Released in 1942.
  • Production Number: 776.
    Blue Ribbon: 1177.
    MPAA: 8121
  • Running Time: 6:27 minutes.
  • Color
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

Release Dates:


  • Oct 3, 1942- Original Release
  • Nov 12, 1949- Blue Ribbon Reissue

Cartoon Production Information:


The first color Looney Tune (yes, it took until 1942 for Looney Tunes to go to color), and the first one to feature wide concentric rings.

The first Looney Tunes short to be incuded in the Blue Ribbon reissue series.

Jerry Colonna and Robert Taylor are caricatured. There is also a reference to Victor Mature.

Songs include: "Java Jive" (Ben Oakland-Milton Drake), performed by the Hep Cat.

Sexual innuendo is featured through much of the cartoon.

In September of 1943, beginning with A Feud There Was, Warner Bros. began re-releasing select color cartoons in their Blue Ribbon program. Typically the Blue Ribbon reissues received new opening sequences with Blue Ribbon title cards and standardized music. Cartoon production credits were also removed. Between ten and fifteen cartoons were released in any given year, with cartoons coming from as far back as 1935. The reissues continued until the close of the studio in the 1960's.

All Blue Ribbon cartoons were released as "Merrie Melodie" cartoons regardless of the original series. The first "Looney Tunes" short to be included in the Blue Ribbon series was The Hep Cat, which was added in 1949. The only current prints of many of these cartoons are the Blue Ribbon releases, although restoration of these cartoons with original elements and titles is always ongoing.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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I absolutely howl whenever I see this one. How the guys got all the sexual innuendo by the censors is a real mystery. I have had to explain the caricatures of Robert Taylor and Jerry Mahonie to my kids.
The pert little pussycat with the high-heel...  (read more)

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What's with the low score??? This is a Clampett masterpiece. In fact, one of the many masterpieces he churned out from 1941 through to 1946.

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