Has anybody ever considered Pepe Le Pew just may be far-sighted and needs glasses?
In the deranged opener by Matthew Manning, the sensuous skunk falls in love with Toro from the Bugs Bunny cartoon "Bully for Bugs." I suppose if cartoons were anatomically correct, Pepe would have realized his error. Instead, a recently striped Toro becomes the object of Pepe's amour.
What's funny about this story is how Pepe interprets the sleeping, striped Toro's silent treatment as the cold shoulder. His dialogue is wonderfully melodramatic as are his gestures, courtesy of Walter Carzon and Ruben Torriero.
Frank Strom's "Flower Power" casts his eye to Mars where Marvin and K-9 attempt to grow an intergalactic man-eating weed. Unfortunately, love is in the air for the diminutive would-be dictator. Pablo Zamboni and Horacio Ottolini are on hand to ripen the art to perfection. Colorist Dave Tanguay makes a surprising collage of greens palatable.
Strom returns for "Talent for Disaster." This features two cartoon characters I loathe. Hubie and Bert. These mice lack the charisma of Jerry, for instance, and even Itchy. Together they torment poor Claude the Cat. Unfortunately accurate, Strom makes the mice nasty and Claude gullible. The art by Leo Batic, Ottolini and Tanguay capture their mean-spirited antics to a tee. Especially notable is their static mimicry of the animation for Hubie slapping Bert around.
Pepe sets sail for "The Sweet Smell of Success" in the final story where he tackles, literally, un femme skunk-haired Lindseyhiltonspears. The story takes place on a clever send up of Survivor, where the hapless Lindseyhiltonspears hosts the Looney Tunes villains castaways: Mugsy and Rocko, Yosemite Sam, Witch Hazel, Sylvester, Wile E. Coyote, Genius. All of the villains behave smarter than reality show contestants since they depart upon smelling something foul in the game format.
Despite starring Pepe Le Pew, this issue of Looney Tunes doesn't stink.
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