Friday, January 9, 2009

"Bugged By A Bee" (1969)

Here's something that's become quite a rarity lately: a Cool Cat cartoon. This later Looney Tunes star, created by Alex Lovy, had the honor of being the vehicle for the very last theatrical Warner Bros. cartoon in 1969, "Injun Trouble". It's notable that that cartoon and this one were both directed by Robert McKimson, and were problably the hipster tiger's most enjoyable films.

Cool Cat is widely reviled among hard-core Looney Tunes fans, and the Hanna-Barbera-esque animation of his cartoons may be the main reason. But this particular film, taken by itself, is great fun, and veteran Warner TV comedian Larry Storch does a perfectly adequate job as the voice of Cool Cat.

I can think of a few cartoons from the true "Golden Age" that were less enjoyable than this simple sports romp.

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