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Meowrice is the main antagonist of the animated Chuck Jones film, Gay Purr-ee. He is a French Tuxedo cat who lives in Paris, and makes a living in shady dealings, many of which involve selling his unwitting victims into some form of slavery. He is assisted by four black alley-cats who act as his spies and muscle.

He was voiced by the late Paul Frees.

History

When the young country cat, Mewsette, arrives in Paris hoping make her fortune, she is instantly spotted by Meworice. Meowrice takes advantage of the young cat's naivety and brings her to his 'sister' Madame Rubens-Chatte, promising to train her to enter high society. In reality however, he schemes to have Mewsette shipped to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania as a mail-order bride for a wealthy American cat.
MOV Gay Purree - "The Money Cat"02:16

MOV Gay Purree - "The Money Cat"

The Money Cat. Meowrice's musical number

When Mewsette's boyfriend Jaune Tom arrives in Paris looking for her, Meowrice watches him capture a mouse. Impressed by his mousing ability, Meowrice invites Jaune Tom and his friend Robespierre to a nightclub. After getting them drunk, he sells them as mousers to a ship going to Alaska. Unexpectedly, the two strike gold there and return to Paris.

Eventually, when Mewsette learns of Meowrice's true intention, she tries to escape. Jaune Tom almost misses him as he escapes by train with Mewsette captured. However, by picturing Meowrice as a mouse, Jaune Tom is able to summon enough strength to catch up and defeat him. As a final humiliation, Jaune Tom packs him into the crate being sent to America.