Pussyfoot it may be to millions of fans, but to Chuck Jones
Pussyfoot had no permanent name, “…call [him] Everykitten.” Jones continues, “All the kitten had was the
ability to love, so drawing him was comparatively simple. A kitten’s ears are much bigger in relation
to the face than an adult cat’s, and as in all young mammals, his forehead is
very high. I wanted him to be so darling
that you feel you must pick him up and hug him, which is precisely what I
wanted Marc Anthony to want to do.”
Pussyfoot first appeared in the short animated film, Feed
the Kitty, directed by Chuck Jones and written by Michael Maltese. It bowed (and me-owed) in theaters nationwide
on February 2, 1952. Robert Gribbroek
was the animator and Philip DeGuard created the backgrounds. Carl Stalling was the musical director and
with Bea Benaderet as the voice of Marc Anthony’s mistress.
Pussyfoot 1951 is based upon one of two existing model sheets,
dated a year apart (1950 and 1951.)
Although many people work on the creation of an animated film, the
characters are always consistent in their delineation because each person
drawing them had the character model sheet with different poses of the
character on it before him. Directors
often provided more specific guides as well.
Chuck Jones, for instance, provided several hundred key layout drawings
as well as drawing the model sheets himself.
Pussyfoot 1951 has been created as a 16 field cel and in an
edition of 100 (with 40 Familial Proofs and 20 Hors de Commerce.) It bears the authorized signature mark of
Chuck Jones and the holographic seal of Linda Jones Enterprises.
Pussyfoot, all directed by Chuck Jones:
Feed the Kitty (1952)
Kiss Me Cat (1953)
Feline Frame Up (1954)
Cat Feud (1958)
Another Froggy Evening