Little 'Tinker

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Little 'Tinker
Little tinker.jpg
Title card of the cartoon.
Directed by Tex Avery
Produced by Fred Quimby
Voices by Bill Roberts (singing voice of B.O. Skunk in balcony scene, uncredited)
Music by Scott Bradley
Animation by William Shull
Grant Simmons
Walter Clinton
Robert Bentley
Distributed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer
Release date(s)
  • May 15, 1948 (1948-05-15)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 7 minutes
Language English

Little 'Tinker is a 1948 MGM cartoon directed by Tex Avery. It was produced by Fred Quimby and composed by Scott Bradley.


The story begins at the home of B.O. Skunk, which is propelled by many fans. B.O. takes a shower and douses himself with expired perfume. Then, he goes out for a walk. The flowers he has are rotting and falling within his vicinity. As B.O. walks to the forest, he sees a pretty squirrel who calls him closer. But when B.O. goes to the squirrel, she runs out to her home and puts up a sign that reads "NO VACANCY". The point in this is that B.O. has a stinky smell from which everyone runs. B.O. then sees a pretty female rabbit. He first gives her a flower to smell, and then substitutes himself for the smell. The female rabbit, in horror, runs into her hole and "zips" it. B.O. cries, not knowing what to do.

Then, Cupid appears and gives the skunk a book: "Advice to a Love-Lorn" by Beatrice Bare Fax. The first chapter says to try a great lover routine. B.O. then goes to another female squirrel, sitting on the branch and attracts her in the manner of Charles Boyer. All goes good until the squirrel feels the stinky smell of B.O. and runs out. B.O., thinking he is kissing the squirrel, kisses all the branches and then a sleepy owl. The owl falls onto the ground.

The second chapter says to try a balcony routine. B.O. dresses like Romeo and then climbs up the tree to female raccoon while singing a serenade. At first,the raccoon is attracted to B.O. But, when the raccoon feels the smell of skunk, she throws a pot on him. B.O. falls in a pond. Even the fishes don't like B.O.'s smell and then they run away from the pond.

Then, a big female rabbit goes to B.O., grabs him and wants to kiss B.O. But even she runs from his smell. The next chapter of book says "Swoon 'em!" B.O. then gets a Frank Sinatra suit and pours water on it to become thinner. Then, B.O.-Sinatra sings a "Rhapsody in Pew" with really Sinatra's voice. All the forest's females run to hear B.O.'s singing. All of them are swooned, and even an old female rabbit jumps in the air and yells "FRANKIE!" B.O. continue to sing with some gags and then ends as all the females jump on him. But then, they all run out, having detected his smell.

Despaired, B.O. then wants to commit suicide, because no one loves him. But Cupid stops him and shows the last advice: camouflage! B.O. then sees a pretty fox and disguises himself as a male fox. Then, B.O. whistles to the fox. The fox likes B.O. and she kisses him. B.O. is excited and then walks with the fox on a trunk, lying horizontally above the river. B.O. and the fox then lose their balance on the trunk and fall into the river. Downcast, B.O. thinks that now the fox will run away from him, as the paint has washed out. But the fox is a painted skunk too in reality, but female. The paint washes out of her fur, revealing her true appearance.

They both understand they are both skunks, and kiss longingly. Iris out, and B.O. throws the advice book out of the scene.

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