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Western Animation / Seņorella and the Glass Huarache

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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, making the titles more associated with Looney Tunes ' Dork Age (particularly the DePatie-Freleng-produced cartoons pairing Daffy Duck with Speedy Gonzales and Rudy Larriva's Road Runner cartoons) rather than being used initially on experimental one-off shorts.


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  • 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.
  • Downer Ending: Not for Señorella, but for the narrator; he married the Evil Stepmother.
  • End of an Era: It is the final short at the original Termite Terrace studio before its closure.
  • Glass Slipper: In this case, it's a glass huarache, a type of Mexican sandal.
  • 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.
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  • 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!
  • 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.

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