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Little 'Tinker (1948)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 15 May 1948 (USA)
B.O. Skunk tries desperately to win the love of a girl, any girl, and goes to such lengths as imitating Frank Sinatra, vintage 1948.


Tex Avery




Credited cast:
William Roberts ... (operatic singing voice) (voice) (as Bill Roberts)


B.O. Skunk finds himself attracted to various other animals, but one whiff and they run away. He tries some extreme techniques, including a Frank Sinatra impersonation; that gets the stage mobbed, but they still run away. Finally, he tries camouflaging himself as a fox, only to meet and fall for another skunk disguised as a fox. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Most of the animators of this film began their careers at Disney. See more »


Featured in Moviestar Cartoons (1983) See more »


Frühlingslied (Spring Song)
Music by Felix Mendelssohn
Played during the opening credits
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Tex Avery goes romantic
2 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. 'Little 'Tinker' is a romantic-themed cartoon that is perfect for Valentine's Day and will have anybody in the same position or has been in the same position swooning, at the same it is also very classic Avery, meaning while not violent or deranged it is hilarious, creative and there is a wild wackiness. It's up for debate as to whether 'Little 'Tinker' is one of his all time greats, but the brilliance of its quality is hard to deny.

The main character is one that is very easy to root for, there are all the classic jokes of the bad effects skunks leave on others but this is a character where one is happy when he's happy and feel for when he's hated. The romantic element to 'Little 'Tinker' is adorable and very touching.

Despite how this may sound, 'Little 'Tinker' is also a hilarious cartoon and has moments of pure Avery lunacy in terms of the wild humour that he is so well known for. It is hard to pick a favourite funny moment, because the cartoon is full of them and everything works.

It is no surprise either that the animation is superb, being rich in colour and detail. The character designs are unique, Avery always did have creative character designs, and suitably fluid. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed. The use of pre-existing music, such as the famous 'Lucia Di Lammermoor' sextet (which old-animation fans will recognise straight away regardless of their stance on opera).

All in all, a brilliant cartoon and an Avery classic. 10/10 Bethany Cox

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Release Date:

15 May 1948 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Smellbound See more »

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Technical Specs


Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Sound System)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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