So, there I was, working my way through LOONEY TUNES SUPER STARS: SYLVESTER AND HIPPITY HOPPER: MARSUPIAL MAYHEM, enjoying the shorts and taking notes for a future “Loooong DVD Review”…
I’m in cartoon # 13 (one of the 15 “New-to-DVD” shorts), “Freudy Cat”. This 1963 “cheater”, lifting scenes from two prior Cat and Kangaroo toons, finds Sylvester being treated by a German-thick-accented, stereotypical psychologist over his fear of the dreaded “giant mouse”.
Did I say the psychologist’s German accent was THICK? Yes, indeed… Thick enough, it would seem, to apparently allow Mel Blanc to get away with a then-unprecedented word for an animated character.Check out these two consecutive images with English subtitles on. You may click to further enlarge.
Subtitles don’t lie (…well, sometimes they DO on matters of content, and I’m quite surprised Warners didn’t alter this one) because, as the second subtitle shows, Mel Blanc clearly says “Smartasses” (or, maybe he doesn't -- see our Comments Section), amid all the other random nonsense, with that thick German accent in the cartoon’s soundtrack! (...Anyone ever notice that on TV?)Get a copy, and check it out for yourself!
…Aw, just get a copy, anyway. The set’s quite good, considering all those “giant mouse” plots contained therein! We’ll have a full review in the not very distant future.