Garland and Goulet sing about... Gay Purr-ee (1962)
here is its Wikipedia page.
"Mewsette" as he comes her way. By his side is Robespierre (Buttons), an adorable, silly little cat. Robespierre interrupts Jaune-Tom and Mewsette's cuddling by alerting his friend that there is a mouse nearby. Jaune-Tom rushes away, which doesn't make his girlfriend very happy. "Mewsette! Bleh! That's all I hear around
Back at Mewsette's home, she is listening to her owner and her sister talk about Paris. The sister thinks the countryside is awful, especially in comparison to the romance and gaiety of Paris. Overtaken by the descriptions, Mewsette begins to daydream about the City of Light ("Take My Hand, Paree").
As she arrives in the city, she hears the voice of Meowrice (Paul Frees) behind her. He offers to help her navigate her new surroundings, but it is clear that the cat is up to no good. He says
Jaune-Tom and Robespierre aren't faring well, either. Their smooth trip almost becomes deadly when a train nearly runs them over. Hanging from a bridge, Robespierre helpfully declares "You look for Mewsette, I'm going to look for trains!" Can you tell that he's my favorite?
The villainous cat then sings "The Money Cat," which defines his philosophy on life. The animation is very clever in this scene, mainly because of the minions. They're these mute, scraggly
They might actually be my favorite thing about this movie, in addition to Robespierre. I may have taken more screenshots of them than was necessary. I have no self-control.
As she goes back to Madame's salon, Jaune-Tom and Robespierre miss her by seconds. Remembering that Mewsette labeled herself a "feline" rather a common cat, Jaune-Tom believes that the Madame's "feline salon" may be where his beloved is. Before they can check it out, though, one of the minions pulls Robespierre into the sewer through a storm drain, forcing Jaune-Tom to rescue his friend and become lost in the process.
Meowrice is mailing his letter when Jaune-Tom comes flying out of the sewer, chasing a mouse. Recalling that he could earn 75 francs
"Bubbles"). Next thing they know, they're hungover on a ship bound for Alaska. Depressed that he is now far away from Mewsette, Jaune-Tom imagines her singing "Little Drops of Rain" and feels comforted enough that he takes over the song.
Back in Paris, Meowrice is writing another letter to Mewsette's husband-to-be to inform him that Mewsette has had her portrait done and he'll be sending the results along. We then get a strange montage of Mewsette being painted by all of the great artists from this time period, artists like Monet, Toulouse-Lautrec, Seurat, Rousseau, Van Gogh, Degas, Renoir, and more.
"Paris is a Lonely Town"). No longer confined to his bed with injuries, Meowrice finds her quickly. When she attempts to jump into the Seine to escape, she falls into a bag held by the minions instead. Somewhere else in the city, Jaune-Tom and Robespierre finally speak to Mme. Rubens-Chatte.
"Mewsette" as they snuggle. Fin!
Because of Judy Garland, UPA was able to hire Harold Arlen and E.Y. "Yip" Harburg for the film's score. Arlen and Harburg gave Garland many of her greatest songs, including the marvelous score from The Wizard of Oz. I find the tunes for Gay Purr-ee to be a bit hit and miss. Some are wonderful -- "Mewsette" being my personal favorite -- but others are kind of unremarkable. Nevertheless, the top-notch voice cast give it their all and there are moments you're not liable to forget.
At 84 minutes, Gay Purr-ee is a breeze to watch. There is definitely an element of the bizzare to it, though. Meowrice's plot is crazy, but there are also almost psychedelic aspects to the animation during songs like "Bubbles" and "Take My Hand, Paree." Gay Purr-ee may not be a masterpiece, but it is a mesmerizing way to spend the time. I mean, it was Judy's only foray into animation, after all!
This is my second contribution to the Judy Garland Blogathon, a wondrous tribute to a glorious human being. Please be sure to check out all of the stunning entries here.