“Blitz Wolf” (1942) IMDb

Commentary

Animator Tex Avery’s output at Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, under Fred Quimby, is regarded by many as his best, though it ended in a burnout. Many of the films have characters in common, especially Droopy, who gets cuter and cheaper to animate by the film. None of them really form a series. Like the Looney Tunes (1930) they were intended to run ahead of feature films before television. It’s a combination of “anarchic” creativity on a pretty high budget and serial production for kids. This particular film is a disgusting depiction of WW2, certainly funny.

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Avery at MGM:

“The Early Bird Dood It!” (1942) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Dumb-Hounded” (1943) IMDb

Commentary

Those separated chins on Droopy are remarkably annoying.

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Avery at MGM:

“Red Hot Riding Hood” (1943) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Who Killed Who?” (1943) IMDb

Commentary

“Ah yes! Quite a bunch of us, isn’t it?”

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Avery at MGM:

“One Ham’s Family” (1943) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“What’s Buzzin’ Buzzard?” (1943) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Screwball Squirrel” (1944) IMDb

Commentary

Should have strayed a lot further.

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Avery at MGM:

“Batty Baseball” (1944) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Happy-Go-Nutty” (1944) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Big Heel-Watha” (1944) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“The Screwy Truant” (1945) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Jerky Turkey” (1945) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“The Shooting of Dan McGoo” (1945) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Swing Shift Cinderella” (1945) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Wild and Woolfy” (1945) IMDb

Commentary

Very stylish credits.

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Avery at MGM:

“Lonesome Lenny” (1946) IMDb

Commentary

Good riddance.

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Avery at MGM:

“The Hick Chick” (1946) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Northwest Hounded Police” (1946) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Henpecked Hoboes” (1946) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Hound Hunters” (1947) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Red Hot Rangers” (1947) IMDb

Commentary

Interesting illustration of period views on forest fires as unnatural.

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Avery at MGM:

“Uncle Tom’s Cabaña” (1947) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Slap Happy Lion” (1947) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“King-Size Canary” (1947) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“What Price Fleadom” (1948) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Little ’Tinker” (1948) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Half-Pint Pygmy” (1948) IMDb

Commentary

Great case of cartoon logic having its way with nature. Also heinous.

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Avery at MGM:

“Lucky Ducky” (1948) IMDb

Commentary

Another memorable instance of anthropomorphization and demonization of nature.

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Avery at MGM:

“The Cat That Hated People” (1948) IMDb

Commentary

I like the space journey.

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Avery at MGM:

“Bad Luck Blackie” (1949) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Señor Droopy” (1949) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“The House of Tomorrow” (1949) IMDb

Commentary

Some flaws in timing, and greater continuity than hatred for the mother-in-law would have been nice.

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Avery at MGM:

“Doggone Tired” (1949) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Wags to Riches” (1949) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Little Rural Riding Hood” (1949) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Out-Foxed” (1949) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“The Counterfeit Cat” (1949) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Ventriloquist Cat” (1950) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“The Cuckoo Clock” (1950) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Garden Gopher” (1950) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“The Chump Champ” (1950) IMDb

Commentary

A clear case of the “beautiful woman” character design type, which is normally independent of species, intersecting the “cartoonish furry” type (here a dog) to indicate ugliness.

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Avery at MGM:

“The Peachy Cobbler” (1950) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Cock-a-Doodle Dog” (1951) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Daredevil Droopy” (1951) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Droopy’s Good Deed” (1951) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Symphony in Slang” (1951) IMDb

Commentary

Oh, the groaning people must have done. The UPA influence is handled quite well at this stage.

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Avery at MGM:

“Car of Tomorrow” (1951) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Droopy’s Double Trouble” (1951) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Magical Maestro” (1952) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“One Cab’s Family” (1952) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Rock-a-Bye Bear” (1952) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Little Johnny Jet” (1953) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“T.V. of Tomorrow” (1953) IMDb

Commentary

Feel the hate.

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Avery at MGM:

“The Three Little Pups” (1953) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Drag-A-Long Droopy” (1954) IMDb

Commentary

Again, ecocritical interest.

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Avery at MGM:

“Billy Boy” (1954) IMDb

Commentary

UPA and worse off for it.

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Avery at MGM:

“Homesteader Droopy” (1954) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“The Farm of Tomorrow” (1954) IMDb

Commentary

Not so funny in the 21st century.

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Avery at MGM:

“The Flea Circus” (1954) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Dixieland Droopy” (1954) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Field and Scream” (1955) IMDb

Commentary

Positively Hanna-Barbera.

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Avery at MGM:

“The First Bad Man” (1955) IMDb

Commentary

Even more Hanna-Barbera, strongly prefiguring The Flintstones (1960).

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Avery at MGM:

“Deputy Droopy” (1955) IMDb

Avery at MGM:

“Cellbound” (1955) IMDb