Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot (sometimes called "Kitty," but in some of the Warner Brothers animation history books, she is referred to as "Cleo") are animated characters in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of cartoons.
About Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot
Marc Anthony is a burly bulldog who is usually brown with a tan belly and black ears, although his coloration varies in some shorts. Pussyfoot is an extremely cute kitten to whom Marc Anthony is utterly devoted. Charles Jones has discussed the efforts to maximize the kitten's sheer adorableness. All head and eyes, she is black with a white face and belly and a white tip on her fluffy tail.
Animator Chuck Jones first introduced the odd duo in his film "Feed the Kitty", first released on Groundhog Day, 1952. Prior to this, a bulldog similar to Marc had appeared in previous shorts with Claude Cat and Hubie and Bertie, but he was never named. In the short, Marc Anthony adopts the interminably cute kitten, only to receive a stern warning from his owner not to ". . . bring one more thing into this house! Not ONE, SINGLE, SOLITARY thing!" Marc is thus forced to go to extreme lengths to keep his new pet under wraps. Meanwhile, the kitten's curiosity gets her into a series of life-threatening situations, which Marc Anthony must, of course, rescue her from.
Jones would largely repeat the scenario in 1953 with "Kiss Me Cat", only this time, Marc Anthony tries to convince his owners that the kitten (now named Pussyfoot) is a champion mouser so that they will let him keep her.
In "Feline Frame-Up" (1954), Jones pitted the dog and kitten against another of his lesser-known players, Claude Cat, with Claude as the villain bullying and causing trouble to the duo. Later in 1954, Marc Anthony (or a bulldog looking just like him) made a brief appearance at the end of the Claude Cat/Frisky Puppy short, "No Barking".
Jones directed a quite different entry in 1957 with "Go Fly a Kit," the story of an eagle who teaches a different-but similar-looking-male kitten how to fly. In this cartoon, Marc Anthony serves as a villain, chasing an orange female-cat, that the Pussyfoot-like kitten saves. This is the only cartoon which saw the two on opposite sides.
In 1958, Jones paired the cat and canine for one final film, "Cat Feud", in which Marc Anthony (with grey coloring, and a more fierce personality) must defend Pussyfoot (and her cat food) from a thieving interloper from the alleys that resembles Claude. This is the second time Claude, Marc and Pussyfoot are paired together, and much like Feline Frame-Up, the Claude-like alley cat is the villain.
A grey version of Marc Anthony also made a cameo appearance during the final scene of Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988). They also appear in a cameo during the basketball game in Space Jam (1996). The duo would later make a cameo appearance in the ending scene of Looney Tunes Back in Action (2003).
Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot appear in The Looney Tunes Show opening.
Marc Anthony appears alongside Tweety and Gabby Goat in the New Looney Tunes episode "Tweet Team" as a trio helping Speedy Gonzales save his mice buddies from Sylvester, Claude Cat and Pete Puma. He also appears in "Pussyfoot Soldier" and "From Dusk Till Dog", reprising his role and traits from some of the original cartoons, being smitten by Pussyfoot and attempting to protect her from harm. Marc Anthony also appears in "To Be the Flea, You Gotta Beat the Flea", in which his body is unexpectedly controlled by Mighty Angelo, who wants to enter the wrestling championship match despite his small size.
Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot make a brief cameo alongside the other Looney Tunes characters as one of the many party guests invited to Bugs Bunny's birthday celebration in the Looney Tunes Cartoons episode "Happy Birthday Bugs Bunny!".
Recent History and Influence
Since their retirement, Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot have been largely forgotten due to the popularity of other Charles Jones-created characters, such as Wile E. Coyote, Road Runner, and Pepé Le Pew. Pussyfoot has appeared in some recent Warner Bros. merchandising, however, and the pair have been featured in various Warner Bros. productions, such as the third segment of the Twilight Zone movie, and a 1999 Looney Tunes comic book story entitled "Bringing Up Baby."
Tiny Toon Adventures featured a similar character named Barky Marky who was a comparatively minor character on the show. The pair were also an inspiration for the Buttons and Mindy characters that were featured in the successor to Tiny Toons, Animaniacs.
Chuck Jones would later revisit the gimmick of a cute kitten with an unlikely protector in a Tom and Jerry short, "The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse", with Jerry becoming a kitten's friend and protector against a selfish and jealous Tom.
A segment of "Feed the Kitty," in which Marc Anthony believes that Pussyfoot has perished in the cookie baking (and unaware that she is actually perfectly safe), was the subject of a homage in the Pixar film, Monsters Inc. in which Sulley believes that Boo has fallen into a trash compactor, and he reacts nearly shot-for-shot as Marc did in his cartoon short. "Feed the Kitty" is available on DVD, appearing on the compilation Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1 and Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection.
The classic shorts:
- "Cheese Chasers" (1951) - Marc Anthony’s first appearance
- "Feed the Kitty" (1952) - Pussyfoot’s first appearance
- "Kiss Me Cat" (1953)
- "Feline Frame-Up" (1954)
- "No Barking" (1954) - Marc Anthony cameo
- "Cat Feud" (1958)
- "Another Froggy Evening" (1995) - Pussyfoot cameo
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988) - Marc Anthony cameo
- Space Jam (1996) - Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot cameo
- Tweety's High-Flying Adventure (2000) - Pussyfoot cameo
- Looney Tunes Back in Action (2003) - Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot cameo
The Looney Tunes Show episode:
New Looney Tunes episode:
- "Tweet Team" (2018) - Marc Anthony only
- "Pussyfoot Soldier" (2019)
- "From Dusk Till Dog" (2020)
- "To Be the Flea, You Gotta Beat the Flea" (2020) - Marc Anthony only
Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts:
- In the video game Bugs Bunny Rabbit Rampage, Marc Anthony and Pussyfoot are the audience from battle against Toro the Bull and The Crusher.
- In stage 9, Pussyfoot is part from one of bad luck cats where the Bugs Bunny crosses her path, a big ship fall.