Frame from a Pepe Le Pew cartoon
“Were some of the Warners characters based on yourself?
I didn’t have to leave home to find the mistakes the Coyote would make. I mean, give me any tool and I’m in trouble. I have yet to learn the mysteries of a screwdriver. My wife and daughter would go hide when I’d start to hang a painting.
Now, the other side of the picture for me was Pepe Le Pew, the amorous French skunk. There’s the guy I always wanted to be. Every man wants to be so sure of himself with women that he could never even dream he’d offended her.”
– Chuck Jones, interviewed in 1971 by Peter Bogdanovich for his book Who the Devil Made It
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