Pete made his debut on November 15, 1952 in "Rabbit's Kin", a Merrie Melodies animated short directed by Robert McKimson, from a story by Tedd Pierce. Animation was by Charles McKimson, Herman Cohen, Rod Scribner, and Phil De Lara. Though Pete Puma made only three classic appearances, in "Rabbit's Kin" and in "Pullet Surprise", he is often vividly remembered by cartoon fans, especially for his bizarre, inhaled, almost choking laugh (based on comedian Frank Fontaine's "Crazy Guggenheim" character). His inhaled chortling sound is "Ihhhhhhhh!" In "Rabbit's Kin", Pete is chasing a young rabbit named "Shorty", who asks Bugs Bunny for help. Bugs is eager to oblige, and subjects Pete to some of his trademark pranks. Pete Puma's voice was used (though not by Freberg) in a Sylvester cartoon titled "Mouse and Garden" in 1960.
Stan Freberg provides commentary for "Rabbit's Kin" on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection, but spends most of his time simply repeating Pete Puma's lines in the Pete Puma voice, instead of providing any real insight on the creative process.
The classic shorts:
The Sylvester & Tweety Mysteries episode:
Tiny Toon Adventures episodes:
The Looney Tunes Show episodes:
- "Devil Dog"
- "To Bowl Or Not To Bowl"
- "Sunday Night Slice"
- "Working Duck"
- "The Muh-Muh-Muh-Murder" (cameo)
- "Point, Laser Point" (cameo)
- "Bobcats on Three!" (cameo)
- "You've Got Hate Mail" (cameo)
- "A Christmas Carol" (cameo)
- "Dear John"
- "Spread Those Wings and Fly" (cameo)
- "The Grand Old Duck of York" (cameo)
- "Best Friends Redux" (mentioned)
- "Super Rabbit"
- Looney Tunes: Rabbits Run
New Looney Tunes episodes:
- "Tweet Team"
- "Puppy's Got Claws"
- "It Paint All It's Cracked Up to Be"
- "The Loonies"
- "The Legend of Burrito Monday"
Looney Tunes Cartoons shorts: