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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.

Director:

Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)

Writer:

Michael Maltese (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Granny - Little Red Riding Hood (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Mr. Wolf / Owl Judge / Dog Defense Attorney / Birdie (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

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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Approved
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

26 April 1941 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

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: I'm skippin' along, pickin' flowers for me mudder. I'm always thinkin' of me dear old mudder!
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Soundtracks

How Dry I Am
(uncredited)
Traditional
Played when the judge takes a drink of water
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Yes, there ARE two sides to every story.
24 December 2007 | by Lee EisenbergSee all my reviews

OK, so a number of cartoons have used fairy tales as their basis, and Little Red Riding Hood is one of the prime examples. In the early '40s, Warner Bros. alone released several cartoons featuring renditions of the story. One example is Friz Freleng's "The Trial of Mr. Wolf", in which the story's lupine co-star tells his version of the events: Little Red and grandmother are a pair of homicidal maniacs bent on turning him into a fur coat. Of course, we the audience doubt Mr. Wolf's credibility the whole time.

I suspect that this cartoon was a place holder in between the really great cartoons of that year (1941 saw Bugs Bunny's ascendancy to cartoon superstar in shorts such as "Elmer's Pet Rabbit", "Tortoise Beats Hare" and "Wabbit Twouble"). So we can forgive it if it doesn't quite reach the hilarity level achieved by Warner's more famous cartoons. Worth seeing for what it is. Available on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection Volume 5 Disc 2.


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