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The Wacky World of Tex Avery
The Wacky World of Tex Avery

The Wacky World of Tex Avery (French: Le Monde fou de Tex Avery) is a French–Canadian–American animated comedy television series created by Robby London and co-produced by DIC Productions L.P., Les Studios Tex SARL, Milimetros, M6 Métropole Télévision and Telcima SA.[1][2]

The series was named after Tex Avery, a cartoonist who is known for his work at Warner Bros. and MGM. The creator describes the show as "homage to the brilliant, hilarious and groundbreaking animator Tex Avery and the wonderful squash-and-stretch cartoons of his era".[3] The series was first broadcast on French channel M6 on September 3, 1997, followed on by its broadcast in the United States on September 29th, through syndication where it mainly aired on Fox and UPN stations at the time.

Segments


The show contains the following short series:[3]

The cartoon stars a goat-riding cowboy named Tex Avery[2] (voiced by Billy West) who saves the day and his girl Chastity Knott (voiced by Kathleen Barr) from his outlaw nemesis Sagebrush Sid (voiced by Billy West). Based on Bob Clampett's (a fellow animator at Warner Bros Studios in the 1930s) "Red Hot Ryder" from "Buckaroo Bugs" (WB 1944).

An obnoxious and uncultured fly named Freddy (voiced by Billy West) bugs an obese, lazy & exceedingly short-tempered billionaire named Amanda Banshee (voiced by Scott McNeil), whose continuous excessive attempts to get rid of him often involve the most extreme of ways. Freddy is loosely based on both one of Tex Avery's earlier characters, Homer the Homeless Flea from "What Price Fleadom" (MGM 1948) and comedian Red Skelton's character, Freddy the Freeloader.[1]

A normal dog (voiced by Phil Hayes) gained superpowers after licking a superhero's shoe and became a superhero himself, albeit an incompetent one. Along with his blue cat sidekick Little Buddy (voiced by Lee Tockar), Power Pooch fights the crime in his town which usually involved him fighting Dr. Hydrant (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) and his bone-shaped henchman Boney. He is said to be based on Underdog (created by W. Watts Biggers and Joe Harris for Total Television, 1964), though the character he was based on wasn't created by Tex Avery.

Maurice the Chicken (voiced by Terry Klassen) outwits Mooch the Fox (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) who constantly tries to eat him. Maurice is based on the canary character from "King-Size Canary", and acts rather like the pig boy in "One Ham's Family".

Genghis the lion (voiced by Lee Tockar) is a warlord who leads his barbarian army across the world to conquer in the name of his Emperor (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) and meets a female panda cub named Khannie (voiced by Cree Summer) who tends to ruin his conquering plans through her innocent behaviour. A play on the name Genghis Khan. Genghis is based on the lion from "Slap Happy Lion" (MGM 1947) with his voice modeled after Sean Connery and Khannie's mannerisms were influenced from Shirley Temple.[1]

The cartoon stars the brilliant caveman Ughbert Einstone (voiced by Ian James Corlett) who is the world's first inventor. He tries to teach the other cave people how to be civilized with his inventions. A play on the name Einstein. Loosely based on Tex Avery's "The First Bad Man" (1955 MGM).

Pete (voiced by Ian James Corlett) is a short bumbling Roman centurion from Pompeii who was buried in lava from the Volcanic eruption and 2,000 years later breaks free from his preserved state to live in the modern world. His over-interpretive behavior annoys a man named Dan (voiced by Alec Willows).

Cast


Development


In October 1995, DIC Productions L.P. announced they would be opening an animation office in France in partnership with Hampster Productions (which at the time, was 33% minority-owned by DIC's majority owner Capital Cities/ABC), and that their first project would be called Tex Avery Theater. DIC also announced that they had acquired the rights to use Avery’s name and likeness through his estate in order to produce the series. The package of 195 seven-minute cartoons would have been made available starting in October 1996.[4] In March 1997, the studio was opened up and was named Les Studios Tex, which DIC was a shareholder in.[5] with DIC confirming they would be launching the show as The Wacky World of Tex Avery in syndication in the Fall of that year. [6][7] A logo of the studio that appears after the end credits of Archie's Weird Mysteries, shows an early design of Tex Avery that was scrapped, with a blue arc hat, while riding a horse.

VHS/DVD releases and current-day syndication


In July 2003, TF1 Video through the TF! Video label released a 2-DVD boxset of the series, which contained 48 cartoons (24 cartoons each). Another boxset was released in January 2004, containing 64 cartoons (32 cartoons each).

In April 2011, AV Video released a boxset containing the first 24 episodes, with 72 cartoons all on the 3 DVDs.

In 2003, Sterling Entertainment released three VHSs/DVDs of the series titled Power Pooch to the Rescue, Pompeii Pete in the 21st Century and Tex Rides Again, each containing nine cartoons from their respective segments. On the DVD versions, three bonus cartoons are featured with other characters from the show, like Freddy the Fly. The Tex Avery and Pompeii Pete DVDs were re-released in 2007 by NCircle Entertainment.

On February 19, 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment released The Wacky World of Tex Avery- Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1 for the first time.[8] The four-disc set features the first 40 episodes of the series. It is unknown whether the rest of the episodes will be released on another DVD.

In 2010, the program was a part of the weekday morning Cookie Jar Toons programming block for the digital subchannel This TV network. The show was removed from the lineup on September 26, 2011.

Most episodes of the show were aired on Hulu and Jaroo.com.

Episodes


Reception


The Wacky World of Tex Avery has been criticized for its animation and humor. David Perlmutter in his book Encyclopedia of American Animated Television Shows described the show as an "insult" to the titular cartoonist, writing that "[it] lacked the masterful way Avery himself employed and often transcended the limits of his material."[2]

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