I have to say: almost every cartoon I have seen which was a takeoff on the famous "Little Red Riding Hood" tale has been very clever and funny.....and this one is no exception.
Instead of the usual cast of characters, we have "Teeny," the little mouse playing "Red" and Sylvester The Cat playing the big, bad wolf. The action takes place inside house, not in a forest, but the artists make the interior almost look like a forest. So, not only is the story humorous and pretty smart, but so is the artwork which really looks gorgeous with this Golden Collection Volume 5 "restored" version.
As good as this looks, though, it's still the jokes that make this such a winner. A lot of kids wouldn't get some of wise-guy humor, which is definitely geared toward making adults laugh, and some of it is topical, too, for anyone familiar with the early '50s.
"Red" was a wise-guy little rodent and Sylvester, was...well, Sylvester, who usually is pretty entertaining. I think Looney Tunes hit its peak in this period (1948-1954) with incredibly good material, and this cartoon is a prime example of good they were at this time.
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