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Red Hot Riding Hood (1943)

Approved | | Animation, Comedy, Short | 8 May 1943 (USA)
The characters of the traditional fairy tale demand a new approach to the story as a sexy urban comedy with Red as an adult nightclub dancer.

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Tex Avery
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Red / Grandma / Short Cigarette Girl (voice) (uncredited)
Daws Butler ... Wolf Howl (voice) (uncredited)
June Foray ... Tall Cigarette Girl (voice) (uncredited)
Frank Graham Frank Graham ... Wolf (voice) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers Kent Rogers ... Wolf (some lines) (voice) (uncredited)
Connie Russell ... Red (singing voice) (uncredited)
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The characters of the fairy-tale absolutely refuses to do the tale in the same old way. Instead Little Red Riding Hood is transformed to the hottest singer in town, the wolf becomes The Wolf and grandma turns into a man chaser. Written by Reidar Lyng <groucho@phc.chalmers.se>

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Country:

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Language:

English

Release Date:

8 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Le petit chaperon rouge See more »

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Mono (Western Electric Sound System)

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Director Tex Avery was famous for his off the wall cartoons, which were aimed more toward adult audiences than children. Here, however, he pushed the limits of what was considered acceptable, and in several places the film was toned down in order to satisfy the U. S. censors. Original copies were kept and stored away. Shortly afterwards, the army visited MGM studio to view a propaganda movie. Upon seeing this cartoon, they requested (and received) special uncut 16mm prints to send to the soldiers overseas. See more »

Quotes

Wolf: Fly away with me to the Riviera. It will be such a beautiful thing. I will give you diamonds, pearls, ermine. I will even give you a new set of white sidewall tires.
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Soundtracks

Runnin' Wild
(1922)) (uncredited)
Music by A.H. Gibbs
Lyrics by Joe Grey and Leo Wood
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Tex Avery's racy magnum opus
24 April 2009 | by ja_kitty_71See all my reviews

Here is the short (besides her last cartoon Little Rural Riding Hood), that got me to love to the first overtly erotic cartoon character ever created - Red. Now this short Red Hot Riding Hood is one of Avery's most popular cartoons and some consider the cartoon to be Avery's magnum opus.

The story begins with the standard version of the Little Red Riding Hood story; until the characters suddenly rebel at this done-to-death staging and stated "every cartoon studio in Hollywood has done it this way", which is kind of the truth. So, they demand a fresh approach and the annoyed narrator accedes to their demands and starts the story again in a dramatically different arrangement. And now, the story is set in a contemporary urban setting where Red is a sexy adult nightclub entertainer. The Wolf is a debonair skirt chaser who is in love with Red but she wants nothing to do with him. Red escapes Wolf saying she's going to her Grandma's house, but when Wolf arrives Red is nowhere to be found. Grandma is an oversexed man-chaser who falls head over heels over Wolf, and locks him in her apartment, puts on a bright red shade of lipstick and tries to kiss him several times during his stay. He tries to escape but the lovelorn granny chases after him, and every door Wolf opens Grandma is there waiting with puckered lips.

In contrast to my favorite cartoon character Betty Boop, who was a character who exuded a sweetly innocent style, Red was pure sex, existing almost exclusively to whip the Wolf (a metaphor for males in general) into a carnal frenzy. With this short as her introduction, Red was the sexy distraction for the oversexed, lusting "Wolf" character that was introduced earlier in the 1942 short "Blitz Wolf." She drove the sex-crazed wolf do all the things that were to become trademarks of Avery's cartoons: the eye-popping, the jaw dropping, and the gravity defiying pratfalls. She was so popular that she was brought back for 3 more cartoons - "Swing Shift Cinderella," "Uncle Tom's Cabana" and "Little Rural Riding Hood." Her cartoons were originally made for the benefit of U.S. GI's, and were banned from television for years for being considered to racy.


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