A Warner Brothers, Looney Tunes, and Merrie Melodies cartoon character
A French skunk who is constantly seeking love
Storylines typically involve Pepé in pursuit of what appears to be a female skunk (“la belle femme skunk fatale”)
Has two big turnoff: his odor and his inability to take “no” for an answer
Created by Chuck Jones (1945)
A short video with Chuck Jones on Pepé
17 shorts; first – Odor-able Kitty, last – Louvre Come Back to Me (1962)
1949 Academy Award winner: For Scent-imental Reasons
First voiced by Mel Blanc, who based the voiced on Charles Boyer’s Pepé le Moko (Algiers, 1938)
In first short he was named Stinky, but revealed to by a philandering American skunk named Henry with wife and children
Odor of the Day (1948) is the only cartoon in which Pepé is not a “lovebird” nor does he have a French accent; but not directly by Chuck Jones (but Arthur Davis)
- Do not come wiz me to ze Casbah – we shall make beautiful musicks togezzer right here!
- I am ze locksmith of love, no?
- I am the broken heart of love. I am the disillusioned. I wish to enlist in the Foreign Legion so I may forget. Take me!
- I like it! Come back! Ze corned beef does not run away from ze cabbage!
- How is it that she can sleep when I am so near? We must stoke the furnace of love, must we not?
Links with Pepé sound clips
Enjoy this episode: The Cats Bah