GenreFamily, Animation, Short Film seriesMerrie Melodies ProducerLeon Schlesinger
Release dateNovember 6, 1937 (USA) CastMel Blanc (Egghead), Elvia Allman (Little Red Walking Hood), Tedd Pierce (Big Bad Wolf) Similar moviesMerrie Melodies movies
Little Red Walking Hood is a traditionally animated Merrie Melodies cartoon short, released on November 6, 1937 by Warner Bros. and directed by Tex Avery. The short was written by Cal Howard and animated by Irven Spence.
The cartoon features the basic plot of Little Red Riding Hood, with a few twists and oddball Tex Avery-like gags, such as Red displaying a Katharine Hepburn persona, or Grandma ordering a case of gin, while the wolf waits impatiently for her to get off the phone so he can chase her again.
The cartoon opens with the wolf playing on a vintage pinball machine. He notices Red walking by outside the window and drives after her along the sidewalk in his car. His advances fail and he decides to take a shortcut to her grandmother's house after being given the route by Egghead. As soon as the wolf arrives at grandma's house he knocks on the door and imitates an impression of Elmer Blurt from The Al Pearce Show. The grandma tells him to stay away but the wolf decides to burst through the door. This proves unsuccessful when he subsequently crashes through all the doors in the house and ends up in the backyard with his hat over his feet. He pulls the back doors knob and in a pinball reference, the door opens. He chases grandma around the house until she hops on a chair and crosses her fingers declaring King's X. She uses the phone to make a grocery order while the wolf waits impatiently for her to resume the chase. As the characters begin chasing each other again, grandma hides in the closet and the wolf asks her for her clothes as Red is at the door. The wolf hops into bed and asks Red to come closer. When Red exclaims, "Oh Grandmother, what large teeth you present" the wolf lunges at her and they start fighting in the corner of the room. Two silhouettes of patrons who are late to the screening show up and the wolf asks Red to wait for them to get seated. They resume fighting until Egghead shows up a sixth time and hits the wolf over the head with a mallet. As the "iris" comes back Egghead is shown repeatedly kissing Red.
This cartoon is available (with the original titles) remastered and restored on the Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5 and the very similar Looney Tunes: Spotlight Collection: Volume 5. It was also released on "The Golden Age Of Looney Tunes Vol. 2" laserdisc.