241. Little Rural Riding Hood – Tex Avery

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SUMMARY: A country wolf who is pursuing a lanky Red Riding Hood is lured away to the city by his sophisticated cousin, where he encounters city girls for the first time.

WHY IT’S HERE: Off the back of the popular ‘Red Hot Riding Hood’, Tex Avery made a trilogy of cartoons starring Red and the Wolf in similar set ups. The second of these, ‘Swing Shift Cinderella’, was a lesser replay of the first cartoon but with ‘Little Rural Riding Hood’, Avery made a third part worthy of the legendary source material. Like ‘Swing Shift Cinderella’, ‘Little Rural Riding Hood’ introduces elements of another famous tale, in this case ‘The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse’, as a bumpkin wolf who is pursuing a gangly country version of Red Riding Hood, is invited to the city by his sophisticated cousin, where he flips his lid over city girl Red. This gives Avery the opportunity to come up with more of his famous wild takes but it also allows him to subvert the original cartoon as the wolf from ‘Red Hot Riding Hood’ remains completely impassive to Red this time round, dedicating himself to diffusing his cousin’s embarrassing display of lust.

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