I'd seen a copy of the Gay Purr-ee comic book at DreamHaven and I didn't recognize the title. I'm pretty sure that I hadn't seen the movie before. After watching it, I think I'm right, nothing seemed familiar. It's a 1962 UPA picture with a cast of big names. It was written by Dorothy Jones and Chuck Jones with additional dialog by Ralph White. Abe Levitow is the director and he's credited with an uncredited writing credit. Abe has directed some good and bad cartoons over the years. Much of it I wouldn't want to watch again. Chuck Jones is, of course, the Bugs Bunny guy, he did some good cartoons, though not always my favorites of the Warner Brothers cartoons, and he dod some lame cartoons near the end of his career. Chuck and Abe co-directed the 1970 cartoon of The Phantom Tollbooth. Sadly, the script Chuck and company turn in for Gay Purr-ee isn't as interesting as that. Warner Brothers was the distributor for Gay Purr-ee, when they found out Chuck had been involved with the film, he was fired from Warner Brothers for breaking the exclusivity clause in his contract. It was something coming and they used the opportunity to close down the Warner Brothers Animation Department. They laid off the staff and didn't even finish the cartoon they were working on. Jones hired many of them to work at his own newly created studio.
I read it was a box office disappointment on the Wikipedia. That might explain why it wasn't around much for me to see it. I was also living in Churchill at the time of it's release. There was a likely hood that it never made it there. My brother and I were going to the movies every Friday evening and Saturday afternoon. There was only the one theater and that meant not everything got shown in town.
They cast all those singers because there's shit load of songs. They aren't the best songs but they're in the movie so I have to deal with them. The story is about a young female cat, played by Judy Garland, who is lured to Paris, by a sleazy cat, played by Paul Frees, and then sold into white slavery. At least, she'd was being groomed to be the mail-order-bride to a big fat rich guy in the US by the slimy cat played by Hermione Gingold. It's all against Judy's will. Judy's rescuer is the cat that Robert Goulet plays and Red Buttons plays his annoying sidekick. Mel Blanc, Morey Amsterdam, Joan Gardner and Julie Bennett are also in the cast.
Judy is a dim bulb of a cat and it's her own stupidity that gets her into trouble. I was glad to have gotten the movie from Netflix. I didn't find it that entertaining. I was often distracted by anything lying near me when it was going on, my phone, some dirt, a spec on the monitor, a sure sign my attention is flagging.
The animation in the film is not up to the stuff that these guys did in the 1950s. It's serviceable, and better than the Hanna Barberra productions on the TV of the time. I was glad not to have bought a copy, yet a lot of people on the IMDb sure seem to like the movie very much. They gave it a 6.9 score. Oh, well, that's show biz.