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Past Perfumance is a 1955 Merrie Melodies short directed by Chuck Jones.


The title is a play on "Past Performance", horse-racing stats published by the Daily Racing Form.


It's 1913, and in Paris, Pepé Le-Pew finds the latest love of his life, Penelope Pussycat. Pepé finds her in the scene of Romeo and Juliet, but she runs away. Then, he walks into The Three Musketeers, two actors went in and Pepé scares them away by jumping in. Pepé finds Penelope in the projection box, but she runs away. Then, Pepé goes in the film which he lets the projectionists out because of his stench, and he also lets the man and woman dash out the picture and find Penelope Pussycat. Pepé gives chase around the Uncle Tom set, the Icy set and a Tarzan set which Pepé plays as Tarzan swinging to Penelope. She then jumps into a pool of water which that white stripe comes off, so Pepé paints his stripe black and runs after her.


  • This is the first time Pepé finds out that Penelope is not a skunk, yet still chases after her.
  • Scenes from this short were used in the television special Bugs Bunny's Mad World of Television.
  • Despite that this cartoon was released 2 weeks after Hare Brush, this cartoon uses the older 1945-55 Merrie Melodies opening theme, and 1941-55 Merrie Melodies closing theme. This is the second to last cartoon to use these older themes, the last new cartoon to use it is Tweety's Circus




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Pepé Le Pew Cartoons
1945 Odor-able Kitty
1947 Scent-imental over You
1948 Odor of the Day
1949 For Scent-imental Reasons
1951 Scent-imental Romeo
1952 Little Beau Pepé
1953 Wild over You
1954 Dog PoundedThe Cats Bah
1955 Past PerfumanceTwo Scent's Worth
1956 Heaven Scent
1957 Touché and Go
1959 Really Scent
1960 Who Scent You?
1961 A Scent of the Matterhorn
1962 Louvre Come Back to Me!