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"Señorella and the Glass Huarache" is a 1964 Looney Tunes short directed by Hawley Pratt.

Essentially, it's just Cinderella set in Mexico, as told by two Mexican guys sitting at a restaurant.

This short is notable for being the final short made at the original Termite Terrace studio prior to its closure. It is the third short to use the abstract WB intro and outro from Chuck Jones' "Now Hear This", which was previously used in "Bartholomew Versus the Wheel". Because of this, all future shorts use this intro and outro.


"Señorella and the Glass Huarache" provides examples of:

  • …And That Little Girl Was Me: The narrator admits he described the story as a sad one because he's the fellow who married the Evil Stepmother.
  • Art Shift: Instead of the usual Looney Tunes art style of the time, this short features a more stylized flavor, looking very much like something from DePatie-Freleng Enterprises (as director Hawley Pratt and many other artists and animators involved with this short did indeed go on to work for DFE shortly afterward.) In particular it looks pretty similar to The Pink Panther and The Inspector cartoon shorts.
  • Bittersweet Ending: Señorella and Prince Jose are Happily Married, getting a truly happy ending. The narrator then gets to the sad part: he married the Wicked Stepmother (who promptly drags him back home).
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  • Defrosting Ice King: Prince Jose is very apathetic about finding a wife, much to his father's dismay. That changes once he meets Señorella.
  • End of an Era: It is the final short at the original Termite Terrace studio before its closure.
  • Expy: The narrator and his friend are human versions of Jose and Manuel who are either cats or crows.
  • The Faceless: Both the narrator of the short and his friend listening to the story are never revealed outside the shadows seen.
  • Glass Slipper: In this case, it's a glass huarache, a type of Mexican sandal.
  • Greek Chorus: The narrator's friend occasionally chimes to comment on aspects of the story.
  • Ladyella: Of the Spanish variety.
  • Lady in Red: Instead of the usual Pimped-Out Dress, the Fairy Godmother gives Señorella a hot little strapless red number.
  • Limited Animation: When the prince dances with Señorella, each time they turn, there are no inbetweens; they just abruptly switch directions.
  • Mirror-Cracking Ugly: Happens with one of the wicked "strap-sisters" when making herself look dainty for the ball.
  • Overly-Long Name: Prince Don Jose Miguel, to an extent.
  • Punny Name: "Señorella" is a mix between "Cinderella" and "Señora" given her Spanish background.
  • Rags to Royalty: Much like the actual Cinderella story, this one is also the tale of a down-and-out girl living with her vain, greedy, and lazy stepmother and stepsisters who, with the help of her fairy godmother, gets the chance to go to the ball and meet a prince who is looking for a princess and almost loses it when she has to make her midnight curfew and loses a glass shoe, which becomes the key to the prince finding the beautiful woman he met at the ball.
  • Recycled In Space: It's the Cinderella fairy tale given a Mexican flavor!
  • She Cleans Up Nicely: With Fairy Godmother magic, Señorella goes from a ragged servant girl to a spicy Lady in Red.
  • Soundtrack Dissonance: Despite the short taking place in Mexico, it retains the outro from the Britain-set Now Hear This, which uses the chimes of Big Ben, a British landmark, which was included in the 1963 short, making it a case of The Artifact.