The Big Bad Wolf uses a magic wand to stop Oswald the Rabbit from saving Little Red Riding Hood.

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After reading the story of Little Red Riding Hood to three kittens in a cradle, Oswald the Rabbit goes to sleep thinking about the girl heroine. In his dream, he sees the girl pass by and decides to pick a couple of flowers for her. But the stems are impossibly long, and no matter how much he pulls, they just get longer and longer. Meanwhile, a wolf, craving the girl's basket of goodies, pulls the wool off a nearby sheep and disguises himself in it. As a bogus sheep, he asks questions of the girl. She reveals she is going to grandma's house. Soon, the wolf is at grandma's door. The old woman is so frightened, she swallows her harmonica. The wolf stores her in the icebox, promising to eat her later. By the time the girl arrives, the wolf has disguised himself as the old woman. Oswald eventually comes to the rescue. But the wolf finds a magic wand inside the basket of goodies and uses it to put Oswald on top of a construction site, in front of a speeding train and in the mouth of a ... Written by J. Spurlin

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18 January 1932 (USA)  »

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Oswald the Rabbit: And the wolf ate the grandmother.
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'Little Red Riding Hood' through the eyes of Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
1 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and his cartoons being popular and well received at the time, they have been vastly overshadowed over time by succeeding animation characters. It is a shame as, while not cartoon masterpieces, they are fascinating for anybody wanting to see what very old animation looked like.

After a mostly disappointing standard of the 1931 Oswald cartoons, apart from about seven or eight, 'Grandma's Pet' is a very nice start to the 1932 batch. In terms of basic story and structure, it's not exactly original sure and the beginning is a little too staid, coming to life properly once the dream starts and particularly once the wolf arrives on the scene.

However, the animation is good and has some imaginative moments. It is smooth and detailed with Oswald's movements, gestures and expressions still very much natural. Drawings are fine and there is little if any choppiness or incompleteness.

Even better is the music, so catchy and has such an infectious energy. All the gags are very amusing and often more so than that and the 'Little Red Riding Hood' story, which has been done a lot in animation, is given a fun if not exactly fresh telling.

Oswald is very endearing and the wolf is a character that's both funny and menacing.

In summary, very nice 1932 Oswald cartoon though there are better animated takes of 'Little Red Riding Hood' around. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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