Title - Odor of the Day
Director - Arthur Davis
Released - 1948
Reason for Placement --
This cartoon has always been the subject of debate amongst Looney Tunes fans. The reason? Simply put, there's no clear definition on the main character of this short. You're probably looking at the picture above and thinking, "What are you talking about? That's Pepe Le Pew!" Well, here's the thing: while the skunk looked exactly like Pepe, the similarities stop there. This skunk doesn't act like Pepe, doesn't talk like him (in fact, besides one sneeze and sentence, we never hear him speak), and rather than chasing the female skunk of his dreams around, all this one wants to do is stay warm and get some sleep. Plus, while Pepe was never fully aware of his stench (often acting shocked whenever a character told him he smelled terrible), this skunk is well aware of it and uses it to its fullest.
Whether or not it really is Pepe in this toon (it is techincally considered a Pepe short, making it only one of two not directed by Chuck Jones), Odor of the Day was still one of my favorite cartoons growing up. The style is great and the visual humor works well against the limited dialogue. And, quite frankly, we can debate forever if that is Pepe Le Pew or not, but remember, a skunk by any other name would smell just as bad.