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Odor of the Day (1948)

Approved  |   |  Family, Animation, Short  |  2 October 1948 (USA)
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On an extremely cold winter day, a dog is looking for shelter, from the frigid snow on the ground. It first tries another dog's house, a bird's nest and even a turtle's shell. The dog is ... See full summary »



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Complete credited cast:
Skunk / Dog / Bulldog (voice)


On an extremely cold winter day, a dog is looking for shelter, from the frigid snow on the ground. It first tries another dog's house, a bird's nest and even a turtle's shell. The dog is thrown out from all three. Then it finds and sneaks into a cabin with an open fireplace and a cozy bed. But he has a stinky rival for occupancy of the cabin - an unnamed skunk, (but not Pepe Le Pew). The dog and skunk combat each other by spraying the other with scents. The skunk with his foul odor tail, and the dog with cologne. Both run outside and dive into a frozen lake, so the smell doesn't bother its nose and both catch a cold in the process. The sneezing dog and skunk then decide to stop fighting and become friends. Then they share the bed in the cabin. However, this did lead to Pepe Le Pew's creation. Written by Kevin McCorry <>

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Release Date:

2 October 1948 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

O Cheiro do Dia  »

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1.37 : 1
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This is another of those cartoons in which the identity of the main character is open to debate. The skunk in this picture does not resemble Pepe Le Pew, or exhibit any of his mannerisms, personality or his voice in his one line of dialogue. At best, Warner Bros. seems to classify it as an "unofficial" Pepe cartoon by including it on a Pepe home video collection. But ultimately, the identity of the character is a matter of opinion. Pepe Le Pew never sprayed anything on purpose, except a shark, in deep water. See more »


[after the skunk and dog sneeze hard they speak to each other in unison and then go to sleep in the skunk's bed]
Skunk: Gesundheit.
[then closing credits begin]
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Crazy Credits

After Wellington, (the same dog in Doggone Cats (1947)) notices the skunk's vacant house, it goes in quickly, to the warm bed. There is a sign on the door of BACK in 1 HOUR (in blue) referring to the skunk's soon arrival. When the door was closed, the sign stayed on the door but flipped around, with DO NOT DISTURB! (in red letters) on opposite side of the board. See more »


Followed by Two Scent's Worth (1955) See more »


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Music by Effie I. Canning
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Fun if not one of my favourites
13 January 2013 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I love Looney Tunes, and I like Pepe LePew(though he's not one of my favourites), although his character I think is one that appeals more to an adult than to a child. Odor of the Day is fun enough, but it is an early Pepe cartoon where there is the sense that the series of cartoons with him was still trying to find its feet. I mainly got that sense from how Pepe is written here, if it is Pepe what he does is atypical, it's like it looks like Pepe but doesn't act like him. Pepe is more comedic than in his later cartoons and he does well with it actually, but I think the admittedly one-joke concept of him trying to pursue his love suits his character more and it's certainly what a lot of people are used to. This said, the animation is very good here, both Pepe(assuming that it is him) and the dog are well drawn and the backgrounds from the inside of the house/cabin to the wintry landscapes are beautifully realised. Carl Stalling's music is exactly as you'd expect it to be, lushly orchestrated and very characterful. The gags are funny if not hilarious, and there is some fine support between Pepe and the dog, who is a good foil for Pepe. Mel Blanc is not as active as he usually is, but he does fine with what he has. All in all, Odor of the Day is fun but I couldn't shake off the feeling that Pepe has done better than this. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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