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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 the dog gets a cold, the skunk tosses a rock with a paper sign, through a window "WARNING! A COLD CAN BE FATAL! SEE YOUR DOCTOR NOW! And the dog checks a telephone book as soon as it sees "DOCTOR GAZUNTHETT"'s name the skunk comes in before a phone call could occur. Then with mustard plaster put on the dogs face and the page being pulled off, The dogs face is on the mustard plaster, temporarily. The skunk puts it back on the dogs face and the dogs face is put back on the dog. After numerous medical works, the dog no longer has a cold. Then, the disguised skunk doctor leaves the house. See more »


Followed by Really Scent (1959) See more »


Rock-a-Bye Baby
Music by Effie I. Canning
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law and odor
5 July 2008 | by (Portland, Oregon, USA) – See all my reviews

One of only three Pepe Le Pew cartoons not directed by Chuck Jones, Arthur Davis's "Odor of the Day" is one of the cartoons leaving ambiguity about the main character's identity (another was "A Corny Concerto", starring a duck who may or may not have been Daffy). When a dog goes to a house to spend the night...only to have a skunk enter, and the two begin fighting over the house.

Aside from the fact that the skunk's identity is never specifically identified - though he looks like Pepe - whereas Pepe always remains oblivious to his offensive body odor, this skunk clearly knows about his body odor, using it as a weapon against the dog. Could this be Pepe's evil twin?! Whoever this Mephitis mephitis* is, we have here an OK if not great cartoon. But I think that we can agree that skunk cartoons are best when Pepe Le Pew tries too hard to get slinky (and presumably have sex) with a cat whom he mistakes for a belle femme skunk.

*That's the scientific name for skunks.

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