Red Hot Riding Hood is an animated short film, directed by Tex Avery and released on May 8, 1943 by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. In 1994 it appeared in the seventh place of the list 50 Greatest Cartoons, realized thanks to the votes of several specialists in the animation field.
The story begins with a narrator who recounts the common version of Little Red Riding Hood, with the main character going to visit her grandmother through the woods. However, the wolf rebels and says he is bored of always doing the same story, commentary that is also supported by Little Red Riding Hood and his grandmother. Amazed, the narrator agrees to fulfill his demands and begins the story again in a totally different way. Now, the story takes place in a contemporary urban setting where Little Red Riding Hood works in a nightclub, the wolf is a womanizer, and the grandmother is a stalker of men.
The wolf goes to visit the club where Little Red Riding Hood works, and at the moment of seeing it reacts savagely to the spectacle that the young woman realizes. When Caperucita finishes singing, the wolf takes it to its table, where it tries to conquer it. However, the young woman tells him that he should go and visit his grandmother. The wolf manages to reach Grandmother's apartment before Caperucita, but instead of following the logic of the original story, it is the old woman who chases the wolf, harassing him so he does not leave.
After falling through the apartment window, the wolf returns to the nightclub. Tired of women, he promised that he would kill himself before he wanted another. Immediately, Little Red Riding Hood appears and the wolf keeps his promise. However, his spirit stays in the nightclub and reacts in a similar way to what he had originally done.
- Originally the wolf intended to appear as a cameo during the scene in which Jessica Rabbit sings in the club of the film Who Framed Roger Rabbit.
- ↑ Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons: Revised and Updated Edition, pg. 293