Monday, June 28, 2010

Gay Purr-ee (A Little Golden Book)

UPA's kitty kat klassic, Gay Purr-ee (1962) features great Chuck Jones animation and the top notch voice talents of Judy Garland, Robert Goulet, Red Buttons, Paul Frees, and Mel Blanc. It's a simple cartoon tale of boy cat loves girl cat - boy cat loses girl cat - boy cat finds girl cat again, and thus all is well in Paris, France. And the Little Golden Book version featured in today's post is pretty sweet too! I hope everyone enjoys what is sure to be the first of many LGB posts here.













For more about the Gay Purr-ee (1962) animated film, click HERE!

13 comments:

Mykal Banta said...

I love Little Golden Books! Bring them on - the art is nearly always just my cup of tea. Your post is a prime example! Hawley Pratt! You can't beat that! -- Mykal

Karswell said...

Lots of LGBs lined up for future posts for sure, thanks Mykal!

One neat lil tidbit of trivia concerning the making of Gay Purr-ee the film:

"Chuck Jones had been under an exclusive contract with Warner Bros., and worked on Gay Purr-ee in violation of his contract. After Warner Bros. picked it up from UPA for distribution, they discovered his involvement and fired him, resulting in his departure for MGM."

Sacre bleu!

Kitty LeClaw said...

Awwwwwww!

Lil Mewsette and Jaune-Tom look sooo sweet tewgether! Cover your eyez with your pawz, Robespierre! They iz gonna kizz!!

Anonymous said...

I have not seen this film in years, and boy what beautiful artwork! Thank you for the reminder, I need to show this to my kids now. John

Mykal Banta said...

Regarding Jones sacking over Gay Purr-ee - Wow! Warner's played rough! But what choice, really, did the producers have, and Jones? If you were going to have cute cats (or cute animals - in the best sense of "cute") - you had to go Chuck Jones! And how could Jones resist the offer?

Mr. Cavin said...

I love this. And I love most Little Golden Books. And so I am pretty excited about the future here. And also those allez cats would make one badass tattoo.

Anonymous said...

A side note - there's an episode of THE TONIGHT SHOW when it was still hosted by Jack Parr (this would have been his last last) where Judy Garland and Robert Goulet not only come on to promote the film but do they sing a couple of duets,too!

Thankfully it's one of the shows that still exists - if they ever do a blu-ray on the film, it would make a great extra!

prof. grewbeard said...

awesome, and now i need to locate my LGB of Fireball XL-5!...

Karswell said...

And so we close out the first month of AEET, thanks again for the comments everyone. And hey, if you like this blog please tell your friends about it! Got some ideas, or suggestions, or even a submission? Let me know about it.

Lots more great stuff coming up in July--- see you in a few!

alleyesandears said...

The art and the colors on the page "But they did not find Mewsette" is extra-beautiful.

ghostseeker said...

SQUEEEEELLLL!!! I love Little Golden Books! They make me feel all warm and fuzzy. Don't tell anyone, though. It will wreck my reputation as a curmudgeon.

Karswell said...

I'm glad to see comments on this post still rolling in... and as mentioned above I have TONS more LGBs lined up for future posts. Thanks again!

darkmark90 said...

I really liked this cartoon when it came out in '62. So much so that my orange tabby cat bears Jaune Tom's name. ;-)