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Cool Cat is a "hep" tiger character who appeared in a series of cartoons in the late 1960s during the Warner Bros.-Seven Arts era of Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies shorts. The character was created by Alex Lovy and debuted in an eponymous cartoon in 1967. This marked a shift from the Warner Bros. Cartoons studio's traditional animation style to one more closely resembling the style used by television animation studios such as Hanna-Barbera and Filmation. F Troop's Larry Storch was Cool Cat's original voice actor.

Cool Cat resembles somewhat both the Pink Panther, whose own cartoons by DePatie-Freleng Enterprises began in the same decade, and Snagglepuss from the Hanna-Barbera studio. In contrast to most of the other Looney Tunes characters, who have come to be seen as fairly timeless, Cool Cat was bery much a product of his time. He usually wore a green neck tie with a matching beret. He spoke '60s-style beatnik slang, and acted like the typically mellow, '60s adolescent. In the first four shorts, he was initially pitted against a fussy, English-accented big-game hunter named Colonel Rimfire, who always carried a blunderbuss. The pairing was intended to be the new Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd. In the last classic Looney Tunes short, "Bugged by a Bee", he is a student attending Disco Tech and partaking in sports against the rival college, Hippie University.

The new opening title card used in the sequence preceding his debut was the first to be done for the W-7 Arts series. This last intro title card sequence of the classic era featured a black background, a re-working of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" theme and stylized lettering, such as the W and 7 being conjoined within a stylized shield. He had the distinction of starring in the last Looney Tune and the last Merrie Melodie; the studio shut down not long after the latter's release.

In his first appearance since the classic/W-7 Arts epoch, Cool Cat also had various cameos and/or walk-on roles in the '90s Warner production, The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries, in one form or another. For example, in the form of a poster, as a passer-by in street scenes, etc. However, these never went noticed by the main cast, with Tweety even commenting once "We just had to get him into this show". He later appeared at the end of Tweety's High-Flying Adventure, removing his human businessman disguise. In these, Cool Cat was voiced by Joe Alaskey and Jim Cummings. He returned twenty years after that in the Looney Tunes Cartoons short "Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!"

Cool Cat was designed to be contemporary; however, his expressions, style of dress, speech and mannerisms became dated.

To date, Cool Cat, Colonel Rimfire, and Spooky are the only W-7 Arts characters to make any prominent appearances after the classic era shorts, with other characters only getting non-speaking cameos.

Filmography

The classic shorts:

The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries episodes:

The film:

Looney Tunes Cartoons:

Comic Appearances

Western Publishing

Bugs Bunny (Gold Key)

  • Cool Cat - The Birthday Hunting Party - 6 pages - Bugs Bunny #121 Gold Key Jan 1969
  • Cool Cat - The Lost Falls - 6 pages - Bugs Bunny #122 Gold Key Mar 1969
  • Cool Cat - The Curiosity Box - 6 pages - Bugs Bunny #123 Gold Key May 1969
  • Cool Cat - The Elephant-napper - 5 pages - Bugs Bunny #125 Gold Key Sep 1969

Daffy Duck (Gold Key)

  • Cool Cat - Instant-Game-Getter - 6 pages - Daffy Duck #57 Gold Key May 1969

Beep Beep the Road Runner (Gold Key)

  • Cool Cat - Painless Hunting - 5 pages - Road Runner #15 Gold Key Dec 1969
  • Cool Cat - Vine Villain - 4 pages - Road Runner #16 Gold Key Feb 1970
  • Cool Cat - The Great Hut Plot - 4 pages - Road Runner #17 Gold Key Apr 1970
  • Cool Cat - Stripe Strategy - 4 pages - Road Runner #19 Gold Key Aug 1970
  • Cool Cat - The Big Bus Fuss - 4 pages - Road Runner #20 Gold Key Oct 1970
  • Cool Cat - Alive and Kicking - 4 pages - Road Runner #21 Gold Key Dec 1970
  • Cool Cat - Slippery Target - 4 pages - Road Runner #22 Gold Key Feb 1971
  • Cool Cat - Alive and Kicking - 4 pages - Road Runner #97 Gold Key Sep 1981
  • Cool Cat - The Big Bus Fuss - 4 pages - Road Runner #99 Gold Key Jan 1982
  • Cool Cat - Vine Villain - 4 pages - Road Runner #100 Gold Key Mar 1982

Porky Pig (Gold Key)

  • Cool Cat - Tricky Trophy - 6 pages - Porky Pig #36 Gold Key June 1971
  • Cool Cat - The Pollution Plot - 5 pages - Porky Pig #38 Gold Key Oct 1971

Looney Tunes (Gold Key)

  • Cool Cat - Wardrobe War - 4 pages - Looney Tunes #13 Gold Key Apr 1977
  • Cool Cat - Feline Foolery - 4 pages - Looney Tunes #15 Gold Key Aug 1977
  • Cool Cat - The Venus Cat-Trap - 4 pages - Looney Tunes #16 Gold Key Oct 1977
  • Cool Cat - Trophy Trickery - 5 pages - Looney Tunes #17 Gold Key Dec 1977
  • Cool Cat - The Tarzunter Encounter - 4 pages - Looney Tunes #19 Gold Key April 1978
  • Cool Cat - The Sleep Slip-Up - 4 pages - Looney Tunes #20 Gold Key June 1978
  • Cool Cat - A Herd of Hunters - 4 pages - Looney Tunes #21 Gold Key Aug 1978
  • Cool Cat - Mirror Image - 3 pages - Looney Tunes #22 Gold Key Oct 1978
  • Cool Cat - Mechanized Menace - 3 pages - Looney Tunes #28 Gold Key Oct 1979

Golden Comics Digest (Gold Key)

  • Cool Cat - The Hunter's Habitat - 8 pages - Golden Comics Digest #1 Gold Key May 1969
  • Cool Cat - Tree Trap - 6 pages - Golden Comics Digest #3 Gold Key July 1969
  • Cool Cat - The Rain Game - 9 pages - Golden Comics Digest #5 Gold Key Sep 1969
  • Cool Cat - Cat Without a Cause - 9 pages - Golden Comics Digest #6 Gold Key Oct 1969
  • Cool Cat - Tripped-Up Tiger - 10 pages - Golden Comics Digest #6 Gold Key Oct 1969
  • Cool Cat - Yikes! The Hunter! - 7 pages - Golden Comics Digest #8 Gold Key Jan 1970
  • Cool Cat - The Jungle Genie - 10 pages - Golden Comics Digest #10 Gold Key May 1970
  • Bugs Bunny and Cool Cat - Once Upon a Boom Boom - 12 pages - Golden Comics Digest #10 Gold Key May 1970
  • Cool Cat - Hi-Ho, Steed! - 8 pages - Golden Comics Digest #12 Gold Key Aug 1970
  • Cool Cat - The Big Impostor - 10 pages - Golden Comics Digest #14 Gold Key Oct 1970
  • Cool Cat - The Heavy Hunter - 10 pages - Golden Comics Digest #17 Gold Key May 1971
  • Cool Cat - The Painting Plot - 10 pages - Golden Comics Digest #21 Gold Key Jan 1972
  • Cool Cat - The Tenderfoot - 8 pages - Golden Comics Digest #26 Gold Key Nov 1972
  • Cool Cat - Instant-Game-Getter - 6 pages - Golden Comics Digest #30 Gold Key July 1973
  • Cool Cat - The Lost Falls - 6 pages - Golden Comics Digest #39 Gold Key Sep 1974

DC Comics

Looney Tunes

  • Looney Tunes - Moulin Stooge - 2 pages - Looney Tunes #150 DC July 2007 (1 panel cameo)

International

Sage/Sagedition (France)

  • Chat Tigre (Cool Cat) - Trophée...Tôt Faît (Trophy...Early) - 5 pages - Titi Géant #62 Sagedition 1979
  • Chat Tigre (Cool Cat) - Trophée...Tôt Faît (Trophy...Early) - 5 pages - Titi Géant Album #21 Sagedition 1979

Rosnock/Magazine Management (Australia)

  • Cool Cat - Tricky Trophy - 6 pages - Porky Pig #26003 Rosnock 1976
  • Cool Cat - Painless Hunting - 6 pages - Road Runner #29012 Rosnock 1979
  • Cool Cat - Slippery Target - 4 pages - Road Runner #49014 Rosnock
  • Cool Cat - Stripe Strategy - 4 pages - Road Runner #49014 Rosnock
  • Cool Cat - Alive And Kicking - 4 pages - Road Runner #49014 Rosnock

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