Gay Purr-ee (1962)

Warner Brother’s release of Gay Purr-ee is a classic example of Chuck Jones produced work (Jones most notable to American audiences for his work with the 1960’s prime time Bugs Bunny show) with a cast of characters and voice talent that made it a unique piece of entertainment. Judy Garland and Robert Goulet utilized their stellar singing voices in this musical adventure which reminded me of the Perils of Pauline…the helpless damsel always just missing true happiness with the one she loved. The songs aren’t too thick, although true showtune/musical buffs will appreciate this one more than most. Mel Blanc also uses his talents in this picture (most noted for being the ‘Man of 1,000 voices).

The story takes you from Provence France to Paris to Alaska following Mewsette (Garland) as she searches for the life of sophistication, leaving her beau Jaune Tom (Goulet) for the big city. It doesn’t take long before Meowrice (picture of Meowrice above-voice of Paul Frees) whisks her away to Paris (1895) to have famous artists like Monet, Degas, Van Gaugh to paint her picture and…well I won’t ruin it for you. This is a call back to an earlier time when show tunes and musicals were still fashionable, but I applaud this film as a classic.


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