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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.


Friz Freleng (as I. Freleng)


Michael Maltese (story)

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


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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Release Date:

26 April 1941 (USA) See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


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


Mr. Wolf: I'm skippin' along, pickin' flowers for me mudder. I'm always thinkin' of me dear old mudder!
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The Little Old Church in the Valley
Music by Egbert Van Alstyne and Gene Arnold
Played when the wolf mentions Sunday school
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The Wolf's Side Of The Story!
7 November 2007 | by ccthemovieman-1See all my reviews

Here is yet another take on "Little Red Riding Hood," this one from the wolf's side! By the way, I have yet to see a bad spoof of that famous fairy tale as that story seems to bring out the best in Looney Tunes writers.

This also is hilarious right from the beginning at the court room. Check out the wolf's attire and his shills in the jury, or the Katharine Hepburn imitation by "Red." Even in 1941, some of these cartoons seemed geared more for adults to laugh than kids.

This cartoon really gives a unique on the story as we see a not-so-innocent Little Red Riding Hood, portrayed as a brutal, ruthless accomplice to the furrier "Grandma," who wants to skin the poor old wolf for his hide! This is unbelievable! Read the quotes under "Fun Stuff" on the title page here and you get idea of what you'll see and hear in this wild cartoon, which I found hilarious - especially the bloodthirsty Granny near the end - with spectacular artwork.

Whoever did the Hepburn imitation should be given credit, too, but it's not listed here. The voices, the artwork and the comedy all make this a huge winner, one of the best of the early Looney Tunes cartoons.

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