Red Hot Riding Hood

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The second title card

Red Hot Riding Hood is an animated cartoon short subject, directed by Tex Avery and released on May 8, 1943 by Metro Goldwyn Mayer. In 1994 it was voted #7 of The 50 Greatest Cartoons of all time by members of the animation field. It is one of Avery's most popular cartoons, inspiring several of his own "sequel" shorts (which really were just shorts with a similar plot and the same characters, though notably Droopy was involved with many of the other shorts Wolfie and Red appear in) as well as influencing other cartoons and feature films for years afterward.

The story begins as a typical cutesy retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood"--that is, until the Big Bad Wolf and even Red and her Grandma become annoyed at the narrator and complain about how stale and overused the premise is, thus demanding a new take on the story. The narrator finally gives in to their demands-cue the second title card quoted above.

The cartoon then takes us to Hollywood, where the Big Bad Wolf is now a womanizer who frequents night clubs, Red is now an incredibly attractive singer and dancer, and her Granny is a hotel/implied brothel owner and an (apparently) oversexed Abhorrent Admirer of Wolfie once she sees him. Hilarity does indeed ensue from there.

The follow-up shorts to "Red Hot Riding Hood" were as follows:

  • "Swing Shift Cinderella" (1945) -- Very much like the first short, only of course, based on Cinderella.
  • "The Shooting of Dan McGoo" (1945) -- A cartoon version of Edgar Guest's poem "The Shooting of Dan McGrew", which features Droopy.
  • "Wild and Woolfy" (1945) -- A Western-themed short, also featuring Droopy.
  • "Uncle Tom's Cabaña" (1947) -- An adaptation of Uncle Tom's Cabin which featured Red. Wolfie doesn't appear, here he is replaced by Simon LeGreedy. It's not often shown anywhere in the U.S.
  • "Little Rural Riding Hood" (1949) -- Essentially had a City Mouse / Country Mouse plot, with a hillbilly wolf and a sophisticated urban wolf. It occupies the 23rd place on the list of The 50 Greatest Cartoons, though it incorporates Stock Footage of Red singing from "Swing Shift Cinderella."

Red also makes a cameo at the end of the Tex Avery short, "Big Heel-Watha" (1944). Red is a prominent character in the 2010 direct-to-video film Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes, while Wolfie and the two wolves from "Little Rural Riding Hood" make cameos.

Tropes used in Red Hot Riding Hood include: