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Odor of the Day (1948)

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On a cold winter's day, a stray dog is looking for shelter, then 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 - ... See full summary »

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Skunk / Dog / Bulldog (voice)
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On a cold winter's day, a stray dog is looking for shelter, then 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 - a skunk, (but not Pepe Le Pew). The dog and skunk do battle by spraying each other with scents, Pepe with his foul odor, and the dog with perfume. Both run outside and dive into a frozen lake to remove the smells, and both catch a cold in the process. The sneezing dog and skunk then decide to share the bed in the cabin. However, it led to Pepe Le Pew's creation. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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2 October 1948 (USA)  »

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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 »

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[after both the skunk and dog sneeze hard, then they speak together, in unison and then go to sleep, with a hug together]
Skunk: Gesundheit.
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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 remained but flipped around, with DO NOT DISTURB (in red letters) on opposite side of board sign. See more »

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Followed by Little Beau Pepé (1952) See more »

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The Teddy Bears' Picnic
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Music by John W. Bratton
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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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