Marc Antony and Pussyfoot

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Marc Antony & Pussyfoot
Looney Tunes character
Claude Cat, Pussyfoot and Marc Antony.jpg
From left to right: Claude Cat, Pussyfoot and Marc Antony
First appearanceMarc Antony: Cheese Chasers (1951)
Pussyfoot: Feed the Kitty (1952)
Created byChuck Jones
Voiced byMarc Antony: Mel Blanc (1952–1958)
Matt Craig (2017)
Pussyfoot: Mel Blanc (1952-1958)
Information
SpeciesMarc Antony: Bulldog
Pussyfoot: Tuxedo cat

Marc Antony (referred to as Marc Anthony on his food dish in Feed the Kitty) and Pussyfoot (sometimes called "Kitty" or "Cleo" in some of the WB animation history books) are animated characters in the Warner Bros. Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies series of five shorts, including Feed the Kitty, Feline Frame-Up, and Kiss Me Cat.

Description[edit]

Marc Antony is a burly bulldog that is usually brown with a tan belly and black ears, though his coloration varies in some shorts. He bears a close resemblance to Hector the Bulldog, but with thinner back legs and minus the outer fangs. Pussyfoot/Cleo, in contrast, is a petit and extremely cute, blue-eyed black-and-white Tuxedo cat to whom Marc Antony is utterly devoted with motherly passion. The characters seem to be named as an allusion to Marc Antony and Cleopatra, who were lovers detailed in Plutarch's Parallel Lives. Chuck Jones, the creator, has discussed the efforts to maximize the kitten's sheer adorableness. All head and eyes, it is black with a white face and belly and a white tip on its fluffy tail.

Influence[edit]

Pussyfoot has appeared in some Warner Bros. merchandising, and the pair have been featured in various Warner Bros. productions, such as the third segment of the film version of Twilight Zone: The Movie (1983), and a Looney Tunes comic book story called "Bringing Up Baby" published in 1999. Tiny Toon Adventures featured a similar character named Barky Marky who was a comparatively minor character on the show. The pair were also an inspiration for the Buttons and Mindy characters that were featured in the successor to Tiny Toons, Animaniacs. In the Buttons and Mindy short Cat on a Hot Steel Beam, the cat that Mindy follows throughout the cartoon is Pussyfoot. Pussyfoot makes a cameo appearance in the Chuck Jones' short Another Froggy Evening (1995). Jones would later revisit the idea of a cute kitten having an unlikely protector in a MGM Tom and Jerry short, The Unshrinkable Jerry Mouse (1964), with Jerry becoming a kitten's friend and protector against a selfish and jealous Tom (the plot of which was borrowed from Feline Frame-Up 1954). In Feline Frame-Up, Claude the Cat attempts to convince their human owner that Marc Antony wants to harm Pussyfoot.

A segment of Feed the Kitty, in which an apparently "inconsolable" Marc Antony believes that Pussyfoot has been turned into a cookie (and unaware that the kitten is actually perfectly safe), was the subject of a homage in the 2001 Pixar film Monsters, Inc. in which Sulley believes that a little human girl he is protecting has fallen into a trash compactor, and reenacts the scene with Marc Antony nearly shot-for-shot.

A reference is also made to Feed the Kitty in the 13th and 14th episodes of season 14 of South Park with Eric Cartman acting as Pussyfoot and Cthulhu as Marc Antony in his "cute kitten" routine.

Feed the Kitty is available on DVD, appearing on the compilation Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 1, disc 3 and Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection, and Blu-ray, on Looney Tunes Platinum Collection: Volume 1.

Appearances[edit]

Classic shorts[edit]

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