Reviews of “Blitz Wolf” (1942) and related work

“Blitz Wolf” (1942) IMDb

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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“The Early Bird Dood It!” (1942) IMDb

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“Dumb-Hounded” (1943) IMDb

Those separated chins on Droopy are remarkably annoying.

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“Red Hot Riding Hood” (1943) IMDb

A remake of “Little Red Walking Hood” (1937).

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“Who Killed Who?” (1943) IMDb

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

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“One Ham’s Family” (1943) IMDb

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“What’s Buzzin’ Buzzard?” (1943) IMDb

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“Screwball Squirrel” (1944) IMDb

Should have strayed a lot further.

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“Batty Baseball” (1944) IMDb

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“Happy-Go-Nutty” (1944) IMDb

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“Big Heel-Watha” (1944) IMDb

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“The Screwy Truant” (1945) IMDb

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“Jerky Turkey” (1945) IMDb

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“The Shooting of Dan McGoo” (1945) IMDb

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“Swing Shift Cinderella” (1945) IMDb

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“Wild and Woolfy” (1945) IMDb

Very stylish credits.

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“Lonesome Lenny” (1946) IMDb

Good riddance.

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“The Hick Chick” (1946) IMDb

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“Northwest Hounded Police” (1946) IMDb

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“Henpecked Hoboes” (1946) IMDb

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“Hound Hunters” (1947) IMDb

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“Red Hot Rangers” (1947) IMDb

Interesting illustration of period views on forest fires as unnatural.

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“Uncle Tom’s Cabaña” (1947) IMDb

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“Slap Happy Lion” (1947) IMDb

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“King-Size Canary” (1947) IMDb

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“What Price Fleadom” (1948) IMDb

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“Little ’Tinker” (1948) IMDb

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“Half-Pint Pygmy” (1948) IMDb

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

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“Lucky Ducky” (1948) IMDb

Another memorable instance of anthropomorphization and demonization of nature.

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“The Cat That Hated People” (1948) IMDb

I like the space journey.

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“Bad Luck Blackie” (1949) IMDb

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“Señor Droopy” (1949) IMDb

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“The House of Tomorrow” (1949) IMDb

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

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“Doggone Tired” (1949) IMDb

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“Wags to Riches” (1949) IMDb

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“Little Rural Riding Hood” (1949) IMDb

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“Out-Foxed” (1949) IMDb

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“The Counterfeit Cat” (1949) IMDb

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“Ventriloquist Cat” (1950) IMDb

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“The Cuckoo Clock” (1950) IMDb

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“Garden Gopher” (1950) IMDb

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“The Chump Champ” (1950) IMDb

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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“The Peachy Cobbler” (1950) IMDb

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“Cock-a-Doodle Dog” (1951) IMDb

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“Daredevil Droopy” (1951) IMDb

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“Droopy’s Good Deed” (1951) IMDb

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“Symphony in Slang” (1951) IMDb

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

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“Car of Tomorrow” (1951) IMDb

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“Droopy’s Double Trouble” (1951) IMDb

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“Magical Maestro” (1952) IMDb

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“One Cab’s Family” (1952) IMDb

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“Rock-a-Bye Bear” (1952) IMDb

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“Little Johnny Jet” (1953) IMDb

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“T.V. of Tomorrow” (1953) IMDb

Feel the hate.

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“The Three Little Pups” (1953) IMDb

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“Drag-A-Long Droopy” (1954) IMDb

Again, ecocritical interest.

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“Billy Boy” (1954) IMDb

UPA and worse off for it.

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“Homesteader Droopy” (1954) IMDb

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“The Farm of Tomorrow” (1954) IMDb

Not so funny in the 21st century.

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“The Flea Circus” (1954) IMDb

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“Dixieland Droopy” (1954) IMDb

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“Field and Scream” (1955) IMDb

Positively Hanna-Barbera.

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“The First Bad Man” (1955) IMDb

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

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“Deputy Droopy” (1955) IMDb

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“Cellbound” (1955) IMDb

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