The Wacky World of Tex Avery

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The Wacky World of Tex Avery

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Several six-minute animated comedy shorts link up to form this humorous 1997 show. Aside from the titular character, the segments also consisted of Einstone, Ghengis & Khannie, Maurice & Mooch, Pompeii Pete, Power Pooch, and Freddy the Fly. Three of those segments formed each 30 minute episode.
Alec Willows

Alec Willows

Dan the Man

Phil Hayes

Phil Hayes

Power Pooch

Scott McNeil

Scott McNeil

Amanda Banshee

Billy West

Billy West

Tex Avery, Freddie the Fly, Sagebrush Kid

Maurice LaMarche

Maurice LaMarche

Mooch, Mr. Squab, Narrator

Cree Summer

Cree Summer

Khannie

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • This show was a Tribute to Tex Avery 17 Years after his death.

    8.5
    Although this work is obvious ly not Avery's since he died long before it aired, this show was quite funny at time and sometimes just palin weird and poitnless. I still liked it though and this came on before Pokemon so i was exited on Saturday Moring to see this. I think they could have made it more toward Tex Avery's origina; cahracters and not have made it so crazy. All in all i must say it was a friarly decent show and it has good memoreis associated with it. I miss my childhood sometimes and i wish i could go back sometimes.moreless
  • Hey kids! I know that's not Tex Avery creating it because he died in the 1980's, but it's just genius!

    8.7
    YEE-HAW, y'all! This should saddle up some of Freddy the Fly, Einstone, Pompeii Pete, Ghengis & Khannie, Power Pooch, Maruice & Mooch and of course, THAT cowboy who's a cartoonist, Tex Avery!



    Don't y'all believe me? The show was released in 1997 and ended in 1998, just like the infamous "101 Dalmatians: The Series" to get P4WN'D for the hell out of wacky cartoons and some crap! And for the overall, you'll get... P4WN'D! And then, we get P4WN'D! And another for the kids this time... P4WN'D! And here's another... wait, hold on a sec... P4WN'D! One more time for good measures... P4WN'D!



    It's one hard wackiness for your grain with a distribution by DiC or also known as the Incredible World of DiC to get wacky cartoons from DiC, like this show or "Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog" or "Super Mario Bros. Super Show" or "Heathcliff," right? Huh? Am I right, y'all? Y'all catch my drift?



    Overall: Y'all keep on watching this show because this show is great for DiC fans, cartoon fans & Tex fans! Hard core for P4WNing!moreless
  • A kid friendly Russian roulette of variety that anyone can and will enjoy...

    10
    Like most people, I'm an avid viewer when it comes to television and one of the earliest cartoons I watched was this show called "The Wacky World of Tex Avery." It was one of the things I see on the weekday mornings of 1997 when I was just a toddler at home before I went to kindergarten later on, let alone one the first cartoons before the arrival of Pokemon on the shores of the good old United States of America. And so, this is where I state a few things about it all in my review of this here show, "The Wacky World of Tex Avery" and how I feel about it.



    Out in the desert, there was a blond cowboy named Tex Avery riding a horse when he encounters Sagebrush Sid threatening an elderly lady with a (pop)gun; thankfully the former appears and stops the bad guy just before going to title card. In a typical plot line, the cowboy rides his mighty goat across the western and tangles with his nemesis, the shifty Sagebrush Sid, for the affections of the shapely Chastity Knott. These were the types of shorts I look forward to since it was commonplace every now and then within the show; well, he is the star of the show anyway even though he's just a separate entity from the (late) artist. In some shorts, it was just Tex vs. Sid and others it was Tex and Sid at first before shifting; at rarest, Avery was alone with problems to deal with such as a gorilla's one sided crush and a hungry buzzard in place of his standard foe. I even remember that one episode with the censorship taking role in a plot; oh, how I do wish for it to be seen again. I would cite the fact in which some people get the impression from these shorts that the writers didn't want to write Westerns, because very few of them play the genre straight at the bare minimum quality; but, instead I summarize by acting more original, seeing it as a deconstruction (and reconstruction) of how the western genre formula is created. The eponymous Tex Avery in this cartoon sketch is based after the Red Hot Ryder from the early cartoon "Buckaroo Bugs" yet the others are original characters



    Secondly, there are two cavemen in the foreground: a standard one and Ughbert Einstone, the latter dancing around happily until the former obliviously pulls the switch and sends his fellow (cave)man down a trapdoor along with some creepy crawlies with a smile. A genius primitively over ten thousand years ahead of his time he does things with common cave items that would make MacGyver or Michael Weston jealous; but, his inventions go unappreciated because the fellow cavemen around him mess up everything. While I did not care for it, Einstone was one of the few shorts that helped me kill some time out of simple fun; besides, these cartoons have a tendency to just end, with no real climactic moment or witty closing quip. It's just as well, as their beginnings and middles are equally forgettable; did I also forget to tell you that he had a German accent? That's okay, because he is a parody of the real life Albert Einstein that would be chronologically seen as the spiritual ancestor of Hanna-Barbara classic cartoon, "The Flintstones;" better yet, it's based off of "The First Bad Man" which explains the simple timeline but this sketch takes place even before the latter.



    Next, we find ourselves with a squadron of infantrymen led by a leading lion called Genghis on an elephant when suddenly some panda named Khannie shows up, causing the lion to looking around and get his hands on her; but, they unknowingly they switch places right before the title drop. Since "Connie" is a real name and even spelled that way on the title card someone would get the pun right; but, what would the real Genghis Khan say to this mockery if you wouldn't want to make that guy angry? Nothing, because just like Hiroshima they were destroyed; and even if Kublai Khan spoke out, he would find himself being beaten up by Brian Boitano since the latter "doesn't take $#@% from anybody." Okay, here's how the plot goes: Genghis is a lion, who travels to one country in every (other) episode with the intent of conquering it but he's always stopped via pratfalls initiated by a big-eyed panda who sounds like Elmyra; though the locales and timelines may differ due to anachronisms, but it's the same situation every time. What makes the plot a formula is that the same joke is repeated in every scene: Khannie will do something that looks innocent and sweet, Genghis will laugh, and then the thing will actually turn out to be deadly to him. One episode that was personally my favorite was where Khannie sold mud pies and the one with the Berlin wall reference. The main reason why the plot was lampshaded was because of the Emperor's first appearance; consequently, this lessen Cree's role as the latter eponymous character.



    Following this, the curtains rise and show Maurice the chicken pirouetting, arguably aware that Mooch the fox is sprinkling pepper on the former; soon, the latter sneezes and they go to title card. If those people have been copying the habits of old cartoons, the age-old "predator chases prey" setup has to be done, and so here it is. This is the kind of short that could be scripted by a 1980's computer like some plot relevant to the whole Boy Meets Girl plot: chicken meets fox, fox attempts to eat chicken, but fox fails, and so it repeats itself. One would find it the most banal of the "Wacky World of Tex Avery" shorts (and this show has Einstone, so that's saying something); however, it could be a reference to one of the real Tex Avery's contributions to one of Hanna-Barbara's most popular works, "Tom and Jerry," which is the cartoon that has been reflected on not to mention it's based after the original short, "King Size Canary." The only thing they added anything new to the genre is that Maurice has a Swedish accent [or better yet, and Eastern European accent (just like Linka from the earlier show, Captain Planet when the Soviet Union fell in 1992)]. Like Einstone, that helped me kill some time as well.



    Next comes Pete who was once in the city of Pompeii serving the army eagerly until Mount Vesuvius erupted and buried him along with his former neighbors; less than two millenniums years later, he hatched back out of his statue, now in a city museum. Ever since his revival these episodes also stars him with some entrepreneur named Dan, the latter usually in antagonistic role. Because of the little scamp's clueless demeanor towards the modern world around him, no matter where Dan is or what he's doing, Pete shows up and drives him crazy; after seven minutes of this, Dan cracks up and breaks down. The only one episode that had an arguable bittersweet ending was that hotel episode where Dan, though somewhat unfavorable, unsuccessfully wants to sleep only to become crazy due to sleep deprivation and be taken away to a mental hospital where Pete later on works at after getting fired from the hotel. Basically, it plays on the stereotype of All–American citizens and immigrant/minority workers: Dan is a reflection of how certain parts of the former group is motivated by greed (and other vices), while Pete is a poster child of the latter, foreshadowed by the fact that he's either born and raised in Little Italy or came from Italy fresh off the boat with a green card. Either way, it would be later somewhat harsher in hindsight with illegal immigrants though your mileage may vary.



    Sooner, while flying through the atmosphere, a superhero loses his shoe as it tumbles to the ground known as Earth and lands in a dog's food dish; when the dog licks the shoe, he gains superpowers and becomes POWER POOCH! With his sidekick Little Buddy, this mild-mannered (as well as mild-minded) mutt patrols the city for evildoers like a walking talking fire hydrant since the latter and Power Pooch don't have the most pleasant history. Some people find Power Pooch as original like if it were not that bad, actually because it's more unpredictable, the jokes connect, and the formula is less fill-in-the-blank; unfortunately, his cartoons are rarer than the others. Because of the randomness of the entire show, the only way people will recognize what episode they are watching is the sketches overall; but, you're only lucky if you get two Power Pooches in a week on average. Like how I described Tex Avery, it's a deconstruction (and reconstruction) of how the superhero genre is formulated.



    Finally, the scene of a rich lady being catered to her needs by the manservants as mealtime is about to be served when underneath the cover, a fly appears in the chicken's stead, already fed as his fingers were suckled on before letting out a large burp in dissonance to some classical music I know of but don't remember the name. It's the cartoon that is a lot like Pompeii Pete, only with Freddy instead of Pete and an overweight rich woman named Amanda in place of Dan. For some reason the fly protagonist is in threadbare clothes whereas the human is in an exquisite fashion, possibly making this a deep commentary on the class system or maybe a subliminal argument for Marxism. However, I see nothing about the two since the character traits of the two are like the reception a viewer gets in the middle of a thunderstorm; in other words, they all have gray shades. While Amanda acts like a stereotypical feminine equivalent of an upperclassmen due to her upbringing, Freddy is not even better due to his status as a petty misogynistic troublemaker; at one point, ship destroys a cruise ship to sink him while the latter blows up a library just for fun. I think that if those writers really wanted to go deep into those kind of themes in this sketch, then they could have included some communist character or some well dressed working class citizen as some kind of recurring character. Whether anyone would rather see this as fun or drama, it irks me one way or the other…



    In short, I would see that this show, "The Wacky World of Tex Avery" is more or less very satisfactory in some way: on the positive side, the sketches are colorful, the (Canadian) voice acting is childishly fitting, and the designs are exceptionally cool, cute, smart, beautiful and tough all in one; on the negative side, the opening was too much, the traits are cyclical, and sometimes it get trying. What makes me even angrier is the fact that some (or better yet most) of the viewers think that it's a plagiarized attempt of trying to mimic Avery's lawless drawing hand. Sure, I can understand that some can't tolerate a sheet full of impossible stock model expressions nor the jokes that were bland copies of what had been done a half-century ago; however, what truly bothers me is that people are bashing it when they are ignorant of the fact that it's a tribute. After all, I too thought it was made by our dear Tex Avery at he time but I grew up to learn that he died just before the show was made; still, it was done as a tribute to him nonetheless. Besides, Cartoon Network's "The Tex Avery Show" was a much more proper tribute that consisted of most of his cartoons and facts about him mixed between them; just remember this: comparing and contrasting "The Wacky World of Tex Avery" and "The Tex Avery Show" to one another and vice versa would break Fred's heart and be seen as an insult to us all.moreless
  • I watched Tex Avery as a kid and laughed at Tex Avery. This is not Tex Avery.

    2.8
    Apparently, Andy Heyward and his co-horts at DIC animation studios were awarded the rights to the Tex Avery name and came up with this ill-conceived anthology cartoon which purports to use the same give-em-the-unexpected anything-for-a-laugh brand of humor pioneered decades earlier by Fred "Tex" Avery. Since 1983, DIC had been notorious for making some really taciturn cartoons (the first season of "The Real Ghostbusters" and Spumco's "Beany & Cecil" notwithstanding), and their attempts to do Avery's cartoon craziness using a cartoon cowboy named Tex Avery is textbook examples of how not to make such a show. The character designs are grotesque--granted, the old Avery cartoons had grotesque characters but there was a refinement and polish to them. The characters in this series are as refined and polished as fingernails in dire need of an emery board. Story wise, it's cookie-cutter, atypical of the times and atypical of DIC. Breaking the fourth wall (talking back at the audience and/or narrator) had become cliche but could be funny if used novelly. Here it isn't. The real Tex died in 1980, having developed "Kwicky Koala" which Hanna-Barbera made as a series in 1981. That proved you couldn't do Avery by nature. "The Wacky World Of Tex Avery" proved you can't do Avery by name or nature.moreless
  • Basically a rip.

    4.5
    The show bothered me. Even as a kid I thought that it was rather boring. It never really was entertaining and it seemed like the Looney Tunes only boring. I can't begin to tell you how many times I waited on this show to entertain me even the slightest bit. It never delivered and the only reason I watched the show more than once was because there wasn't any other cartoons to watch at the time of day. To be fair, I can recall a few times in which I chuckled, but that was far and in between. It was very uncommon. Thank you.moreless
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Animation, Comedy, Kids

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cartoon violence, talking animals, sight gags galore, observational humor, breaking the fourth wall