The Raccoons (1985–1992)
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The Sweet Smell of Success! 

Bert turns his back on his friends to become the spokesperson for Cyril Sneer's new cologne -- 'Success'. But is the world of super-stardom all it's cracked up to be?


Kevin Gillis, Paul Schibli (co-director)


Kevin Gillis (creator), Chas Lawther (story) | 4 more credits »




Episode cast overview:
Michael Magee Michael Magee ... Cyril Sneer (voice)
Len Carlson Len Carlson ... Bert Raccoon / Pig Two / Pig Three (voice)
Marvin Goldhar Marvin Goldhar ... Cedric Sneer (voice)
Carl Banas Carl Banas ... Schaeffer / Bear (voice)
Bob Dermer Bob Dermer ... Ralph Raccoon / Bear (voice)
Sharon Lewis Sharon Lewis ... Sophia Tutu / Broo (voice)
Susan Roman ... Melissa Raccoon (voice)
Nick Nichols Nick Nichols ... Pig One (voice)
Geoffrey Winter Geoffrey Winter ... Narrator (voice)


Bert turns his back on his friends to become the spokesperson for Cyril Sneer's new cologne -- 'Success'. But is the world of super-stardom all it's cracked up to be?

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11 October 1987 (Canada) See more »

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In the English dub, when Bert and Broo climb up the hot-air balloon and run away, Cyril says he likes the scene and compares it to Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977), saying that the film looks like a slideshow. However, in the French dub, he says that Bert makes James Bond look timid. See more »


Michael Magee is credited as the voice of Snag, who does not appear in this episode. Also, Geoffrey Winter is credited as the narrator, but no narration is heard in this episode. See more »


Melissa Raccoon: Bert, isn't it unusual for you to be up this early?
Ralph: Nonsense, Melissa. Every day Bert rises at the crack of noon!
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Featured in The Raccoons: Games People Play! (1989) See more »


The Sweet Smell of Success
Composed by Kevin Gillis, Jon Stroll and Dan Lalande
Sung by Michael Magee (as "Cyril Sneer")
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Hazard Pay
19 December 2019 | by tamsin-parker-262-538925See all my reviews

Cyril's cologne isn't selling so the pigs come up with the idea to have the Raccoons and their friends sell it after seeing them in a band together. Everyone refuses, but Bert is on the fence, so they convince Bert to help them sell the cologne. He and Cyril clash over creative ideas. Cyril has poor Bert do dangerous stunts like driving a motorcycle across a canyon and hangglide off a cliff, while Bert just wants to sing (and despite what his friends say he's not that bad). This episode has some great lines and really funny moments. One scene has Ralph as the victim of a pratfall of sorts and his complete seriousness makes the joke work. The climactic scene is like something out of 'The Wages of Fear', even though you know everything will turn out alright at the end. It could have done with a stronger ending. I can practically see Bert standing outside Sneer Mansion with a megaphone, screaming, "I almost died filming your commercial, now where's my peanut butter?!" Why didn't Len Carlson sing more? The Raccoons have the potential to be a virtual band like the Archies, but unfortunately they haven't had the same popularity, which is a shame. Anyway, this is a great episode. Recommended.

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