26 August 2016 | TheLittleSongbird
A very clever take on the Three Little Pigs story by Tex Avery
Tex Avery has been responsible for some brilliant cartoons, that are beautifully and cleverly animated, clever, extremely entertaining and with something for everybody.
'Blitz Wolf' may not be up there with Avery's very finest, but it is a very clever take on a famous story that has actually been very well-adapted in animation (it's also one of the better takes on it) and is definitely one of the best "WWII propaganda" cartoons, though it is much more than that. Like with all Avery though, there is plenty to enjoy for both kids and adults.
Kids will love how the famous story is adapted, the animation, the music, the characters, the very witty and wild tone and the voices. while adults will like it even more for all those reasons, plus they will also understand more what the cartoon is trying to say, understand and appreciate more the subject matter and references and admire how 'Blitz Wolf' isn't afraid to say what it does.
To me, that was one of 'Blitz Wolf's' biggest strengths, knowing what to say and how to say it. It is wild and very savage (while not being too preachy, a danger with this sort of cartoon and subject), which was quite a brave route to go considering the subject, but also very funny in doing so. While somewhat of the time, so a couple of parts may go over the heads of first-time or younger viewers or may not hold up, but on repeat viewings those parts make sense and the cartoon holds up remarkably well for a "WWII propaganda" cartoon.
As always with Avery, the animation is great, vibrant, meticulous, stunningly detailed and wildly clever. The music by Scott Bradley, also responsible for the scoring of prime-Tom and Jerry, is lush and rousing with the ability to not just add to the action but enhance it (Carl Stalling was also a master of this). 'Blitz Wolf' is smartly and wittily scripted, with a wild and savagely satirical tone at times, while the "propaganda" stuff makes its part but allows the Three Little Story to shine through. All the characters are lots of fun, especially the Wolf, and the voice acting is terrific from Pinto Colvig, Frank Graham and Bill Thompson.
Overall, clever and quite brilliant Tex Avery cartoon, and much more than a propaganda cartoon. 10/10 Bethany Cox