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The Trial of Mr. Wolf (1941)

The Big Bad Wolf is put on trial for harassing Little Red Riding Hood. He then decides to tell his false side of the story, portraying Little Red Riding Hood and Grandma to be scheming to make a coat out of him.

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Granny - Little Red Riding Hood (voice) (uncredited)
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Mr. Wolf / Owl Judge / Dog Defense Attorney / Birdie (voice) (uncredited)
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The Big Bad Wolf, villain of children's stories for years, is on trial for crimes committed against Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother. When given a chance to speak in his defense, Mr. Wolf explains the supposed real story behind the fairy tale, in which he is the victim and Red and her grandma are the ones to blame. Will the jury buy his story? Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Red Riding Hood's voice is a comical impression of that of Katharine Hepburn in her title role in "Alice Adams" (1935). See more »

Quotes

Mr. Wolf: Well, you Honor, it was like thls. It was a Sunday afternoon, and I was on my way home from the pool hall - I mean, Sunday school. I always go to Sunday school. I was full of the spirit of brotherly love.
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Jeepers Creepers
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Music by Harry Warren
Played when Grandma tells the wolf what a beautiful fur coat he has
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Good cartoon, marred a bit by ending
13 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

One of what seems an endless number of takes on the Little Red Riding Hood story from around this era, this one is cleverly presented in the form of a court trial with the Wolf as defendant. Part of the cartoon takes place in the courtroom, where the Wolf's untrustworthiness is obvious (early on he stands up and a hand grenade, knife and gun fall out of his coat). The other part consists of a film within a film based on the Wolf's recreation of the events, which has him lured to to Grandma's house - Grandma turns out to be a furrier and is after him for his coat. All of this works very well, but with quite a few Merrie Melodies I've seen from this period it rather falls in a heap with a sudden ending which seems hastily thought out and doesn't really tie in to the main theme of the cartoon satisfyingly. Still, good fun.


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