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The Hep Cat is a 1942 Looney Tunes short directed by Bob Clampett.


A cat strolls through an abandoned lot. Unfortunately, he stumbles across a dog named Rosebud. Upon noticing the cat, he gives chase. The cat, after a successful escape, begins singing "Java Jive". Later, the cat encounters an attractive female cat, and attempts to woo her, failing utterly. Suddenly, Rosebud the dog reappears, and the chase resumes. The cat once again evades the dog. The cat kisses his dream girl, a puppet.


Clampett's Direction

According to Milton Gray, beginning from this cartoon, Bob Clampett's creativity and experimentation reaches his peak, as subsequent Looney Tunes cartoons became wilder, zanier, and loonier in tone, direction and timing [5]. In cartoons Clampett directed after this one such as "A Tale of Two Kitties" or "A Corny Concerto", there is a notable increase in violence, irreverent humor, more exaggerated double takes and surrealism.




  • This cartoon is the first Looney Tunes short to be produced in color.
  • A cultural reference is made when the cat claims to be a "gorgeous hunk of man", as his face turns into a caricature of Victor Mature. As the cat feels Rosebud's hand beside the puppet he's kissing he exclaims, "Ah, something new has been added!" At the end of the cartoon the cat says, "Well, I can dream, can't I?" Both quotes were used often in Looney Tunes cartoons of this era (like for instance "Plane Daffy") and are both catch phrases by Jerry Colonna. "Ah, something new has been added" was a slogan for Old Gold (cigarette).
  • When Cartoon Network aired this short on The Bob Clampett Show, the titles were replaced with title cards of a colorized Porky Pig Looney Tune, with "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" as the opening music. The Looney Tunes title card cuts to the Blue Ribbon title card with "Merrily We Roll Along" as title music. The Looney Tunes drum with Porky Pig saying "That's all Folks!" also closes the cartoon. This was done to identify the short as a Looney Tune, since the Blue Ribbon titles miscredited the short as a Merrie Melodie.
    • The opening title cards aired on The Bob Clampett Show are not correct, since the 1942-43 season was the first in which Looney Tunes cartoons opened with the "bulls-eye" titles, usually with thicker rings. Since the original titles are lost, the restored version on DVD and Blu-ray use the Blue Ribbon titles instead of the original titles.


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