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The last of Tex Avery's variations on 'Red Hot Riding Hood' (1943), in which the country wolf visits his city cousin, who tries to teach him the rudiments of civilised behaviour when watching girls in nightclubs - without, it has to be said, a great deal of success...Written by
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Red and the wolf given the country and city treatment
Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.
Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best he ever did. It must have been daunting constructing a cartoon following up from one of his greatest cartoons 'Red Hot Riding Hood', but 'Little Rural Riding Hood', ingeniously parodying two well known stories ('Little Red Riding Hood' and 'The Town Mouse and the Country Mouse') in a way only Avery could, manages to be just as good if not quite as amazingly ahead of its time like 'Red Hot Riding Hood' was/is.
Can't fault the characters, both wolves are splendidly characterised with the country wolf being especially hilarious and both Reds are uniquely sexy and beautiful.
Nor Avery's direction. He does a wonderful job directing, with his unique, unlike-any-other visual and characteristic and incredibly distinctive wacky humour style all over it as can be expected.
Once again there is nothing sadistic or repetitious, instead it's imaginative, wonderfully wild, deliciously deranged, violent but imaginatively so, shockingly racy, red hot sexy and hilarious throughout from start to finish. The sight gags throughout are an absolute joy and are immaculate in timing.
It is no surprise either that the animation is superb, being rich in colour and detail. The character designs are unique, Avery always did have creative character designs, and suitably fluid. The music, courtesy of Scott Bradley, is lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms and fits very well indeed, even enhancing the action.
'Little Rural Riding Hood' sees both Daws Butler and particularly Pinto Colvig on top form.
Overall, brilliant. 10/10 Bethany Cox
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