The Wacky World of Tex Avery

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Not to be confused with The Tex Avery Show.
The Wacky World of Tex Avery
Genre Comedy
Slapstick
Format Animated series
Created by Brody Dowler
Voices of Billy West
Kathleen Barr
Ian James Corlett
Lee Tockar
Cree Summer
Terry Klassen
Maurice LaMarche
Alec Willows
Phil Hayes
Jane Montifee
Scott McNeil
Narrated by Maurice LaMarche
Opening theme "The Wacky World of Tex Avery" (to the tune of Infernal Galop from Orpheus in the Underworld)
Ending theme "The Wacky World of Tex Avery" (Instrumental)
Country of origin United States
Canada
France
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 65 (105 segments)
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Production company(s) Les Studios Tex
Telcima SA
Distributor DIC Entertainment
Disney-ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel First-run syndication (U.S.)
YTV (Canada)
M6 (France)
Audio format Dolby Surround
Original run September 29 1997 – January 1 1998

The Wacky World of Tex Avery is a French–American–Canadian animated comedy television series produced by DIC Entertainment and created by Brody Dowler in 1997[1] and 1998. The series was named after Tex Avery, a cartoonist who is most famous for his work at Warner Bros. and MGM. The creator Brody Dowler describes the show as "homage to the brilliant, hilarious and groundbreaking animator Tex Avery and the wonderful squash-and-stretch cartoons of his era". The series was an attempt to capture the true aspect of the genius of Tex Avery and his classic characters such as Droopy, George & Junior & Screwball Squirrel.[2] The series is rated TV-Y7.

Segments[edit]

The show contains the following short series:[2]

  • Tex Avery: The cartoon stars a goat-riding cowboy (voiced by Billy West) who saves the day and his girl Chastity Knott (voiced by Kathleen Barr) from his 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).
  • Einstone: The cartoon stars a brilliant caveman (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}.
  • Genghis & Khannie: Genghis the lion (voiced by Lee Tockar) leads his army across the world to conquer in the name of his Emperor (voiced by Maurice LaMarche) and meets a young female panda named Khannie (voiced by Cree Summer) who tends to ruin his conquering plans. A play on the name Genghis Khan. Genghis is based on the lion from "Slap Happy Lion" (MGM 1947)
  • Maurice & Mooch: 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".
  • Pompeii Pete: A short bumbling Roman centurion from Pompeii (voiced by Ian James Corlett) was buried in lava and 2,000 years later is free to live in the modern world. His behavior annoys a businessman named Dan (voiced by Alec Willows).
  • Power Pooch: A normal dog (voiced by Phil Hayes) gained superpowers after licking a superhero's (parody of Superman) shoe and became a superhero himself along with his blue cat sidekick Little Buddy (voiced by Lee Tockar).
  • Freddy the Fly: An obnoxious fly (voiced by Billy West) bugs an obese billionaire named Amanda Banshee (voiced by Scott McNeil). Freddy is loosely based on one of Tex Avery's earlier characters, Homer the Homeless Flea from What Price Fleadom (MGM 1948).

Episodes[edit]

Season 1[edit]

  • 1. Tex Avery: Rodeo, Rodeo, Where for Art Thou Rodeo?/Pompeii Pete: The Dis-Orderly/Einstone: A Bird in the Brain Is Worth Two in the Bush
  • 2. Tex Avery: The Not-So-Great Train Robbery/Genghis & Khannie: Humpty Dumpty Had a Great Wall/Freddy the Fly: Marital Blitz
  • 3. Tex Avery: Cabin Fever/Freddy the Fly: Cruisin' for a Bruisin'/Maurice & Mooch: Breakfast in Bedlam
  • 4. Tex Avery: Bottleneck Bear/Maurice & Mooch: Sitter Jitters/Freddy the Fly: Flychiatry
  • 5. Pompeii Pete: Driving Mr. Dan/Genghis & Khannie: Who Kilt the Conqueror?/Einstone: Saur Loser
  • 6. Tex Avery: Mine, Mine, Mine/Pompeii Pete: Stupe De Jour/Maurice & Mooch: Teacher's Pest
  • 7. Freddy the Fly: Silence Of The Lames/Genghis & Khannie: Aloha Oy!/Maurice & Mooch: Black and Blue Belt
  • 8. Power Pooch: Cat Scratch Fervor/Freddy the Fly: Say Goodnight, Freddy/Pompeii Pete: Quiet Please
  • 9. Freddy the Fly: Tell-Tale Fly/Maurice & Mooch: True or False Alarm/Power Pooch: SSS-PEED
  • 10. Genghis & Khannie: Greek A-Boo/Pompeii Pete: Toothpaste Pete/Einstone: Cave Improvement
  • 11. Tex Avery: A Man Called Horsey/Einstone: Neanderthal Mom/Maurice & Mooch: Toy Store Story
  • 12. Tex Avery: Disasterpiece Theater/Genghis & Khannie: You Take the High Road/Einstone: Caveman and Wife
  • 13. Genghis & Khannie: What's Yours Is Mayan/Einstone: Wish Upon a Star Traveler/Freddy the Fly: Mile High Fly
  • 14. Pompeii Pete: Gangster Rip/Genghis & Khannie: Himalaya Down and Die/Einstone: The Ugh-Lympic Games
  • 15. Einstone: Out of Shape, Out of Mind/Genghis & Khannie: Pain in the Rain Forest/Power Pooch: Bank You Very Much
  • 16. Tex Avery: Virtual Tex/Maurice & Mooch: Chicken Scouts/Pompeii Pete: Pompeii Away
  • 17. Tex Avery: Tex-Babies/Pompeii Pete: Gunga Dan/Einstone: Is There A Doctor In The Cave?
  • 18. Tex Avery: Ever Herd of Cows?/Power Pooch: The Return of Dr. Hydrant/Freddy the Fly: Fortunate Fly
  • 19. Tex Avery: Not Even a Sporting Chance/Freddy the Fly: Fat Chance/Power Pooch: La Misery
  • 20. Pompeii Pete: Caddywhack/Power Pooch: Mutts Attacks!/Genghis & Khannie: Dances on Lions
  • 21. Tex Avery: Wish I Canoe You/Freddy the Fly: Bug To The Future/Maurice & Mooch: Yes, We Have No Electricity
  • 22. Freddy the Fly: Fly-Incarnation/Power Pooch: Power Puppy/Maurice & Mooch: The One That Didn't Get Away
  • 23. Tex Avery: Fat and Fatter/Freddy the Fly: Cake Me a Bake/Pompeii Pete: Count Danula
  • 24. Maurice & Mooch: The Toothless Fairy/Genghis & Khannie: A No-Etiquette Barbarian In King Arthur's Court/Einstone: Look Who's Ughing
  • 25. Tex Avery: Pony Distress/Freddy the Fly: My Fair Freddy/Pompeii Pete: Re-Pete Customer
  • 26. Einstone: A-Hunting We Won't Go/Pompeii Pete: Top Gun Shy/Power Pooch: Sidekicked
  • 27. Freddy the Fly: The President's Fly/Power Pooch: The Long-Awaited Evil Twin Episode!/Genghis & Khannie: Donkey Conqueror
  • 28. Power Pooch: Wrapped Up in His Work/Einstone: Cyrano De Burg-A-Rock Head/Pompeii Pete: Terminal Veloci-Pete
  • 29. Tex Avery: Up a Tree Without a Paddle/Pompeii Pete: Mechanically Declined/Power Pooch: Power Pooch No More
  • 30. Tex Avery: Water You Gonna Do?/Maurice & Mooch: Run for Your Lifeguard!/Power Pooch: A Shoe Thing!
  • 31. Freddy the Fly: Tallywho?/Maurice & Mooch: The Eggs-stra Terrestrial/Pompeii Pete: Double-O Scussi
  • 32. Tex Avery: Stagecoach Tex/Freddy the Fly: Bored of the Flies/Maurice & Mooch: Slaphappy Birthday
  • 33. Tex Avery: To Ape or Not to Ape/Einstone: Tarred and Married/Genghis & Khannie: Peek-A-Boom
  • 34. Tex Avery: What Big Feet You Have!/Einstone: Peer Pressure/Power Pooch: Doggie Pounded
  • 35. Pompeii Pete: Just Plane Trouble/Freddy the Fly: Can't Fly Me Love/Power Pooch: P.P. Loves Fifi
  • 36. Maurice & Mooch: My Dinner With Mooch/Freddy the Fly: Diamonds Are for Heifer/Power Pooch: Squirrel Trouble
  • 37. Tex Avery: Sagebrush Sindy/Genghis & Khannie: Courting Disaster/Power Pooch: The Postman Always Barks Twice
  • 38. Tex Avery: Chastity Peak/Maurice & Mooch: Ready, Willing and Cable/Pompeii Pete: Crass Action Hero
  • 39. Tex Avery: Aw, Mush!/Genghis & Khannie: The Wrath of Khannie/Freddy the Fly: The Midas Touche
  • 40. Power Pooch: That's Shoe Biz!/Pompeii Pete: Dial M for Moron/Freddy the Fly: I'll Take Manure

Season 2[edit]

(NOTE: Episodes 41 through 65 were not shown in the 2010-11 syndication package)

  • 41. Showdown at the OK Corral/Carnivores Anonymous/Presidential Pooch
  • 42. Running of the Bullys/What, Me Hostage?/Coach Mooch
  • 43. Mutiny on the Poultry/The Running Dan/Ugh-ementary, My Dear Watson
  • 44. Don't Shoot, It's a Shoot/Dawn of the Dan/Ever Herd of Cows?
  • 45. Tex-Files/Income Outcome/Asgard Me Not
  • 46. Moochini the Magnificent/Pumped Up!/Map-solutely Not
  • 47. Tex Meets Execs/Agent From H.O.R.D.E./SSSPEED
  • 48. Gunga Dan/Atlantis Shrugged/Mini the Mooch
  • 49. Driving Mr. Dan/Buzzin' Couzin'/20/20 Houndsight
  • 50. The Texorcist/The Return of Dr. Hydrant/May the Stressed Man Win
  • 51. Dan the Man Child/Queen Khannie/Backseat Bedlam
  • 52. Flea! Run Away!/Family Food/Remember the Rigmarole
  • 53. Armed Adillo/My Dinner With Mooch/Queasy Cuisine
  • 54. Tex-tra Credit/Power Puppy/Eski-No-Mo
  • 55. That's Shoe Biz!/Chicken Fried Cousins/Rich Meets Poe
  • 56. The Dog Who Would Be King/Butlervania/Gym Dandy
  • 57. Moby Cow/Dan's Best Friend/Unsurely You Jest
  • 58. Narrated Tex/Emperor on Holiday/Superchump
  • 59. Night of the Living Dumb/What Big Feet You Have/The Butlers Did It
  • 60. Corporate Takeover/Toy Prehistory/Stressed Guest
  • 61. Sold Out/Dan or Dana/Shoeless
  • 62. Justice of the Pieces/The Buddy Guard/The Meat Tree
  • 63. Tex and Sid's Blooper Spectacular/Time Flies, Chickens Don't/Men in Lavender
  • 64. The Original Origin Story/Harrier Pigeon/Bat-Dan
  • 65. Yearnin for a Learnin/The Stepford Chickens/French Twist

Cast[edit]

DVD releases and current-day syndication[edit]

The series is not available in the form of the original episodes, although there are individual DVD releases of Power Pooch, Pompeii Pete, and Tex Rides Again, each containing bonus episodes with other characters from the show like Freddy the Fly.

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.

On February 19, 2013, Mill Creek Entertainment released The Wacky World of Tex Avery- Volume 1 on DVD in Region 1 for the very first time.[3] The 4-disc set features the first 40 episodes of the series.

Most episodes of the show can now be seen on Hulu and Jaroo.com.

Reception[edit]

Reception for the show has mostly been negative with some calling it a disgrace to the name Tex Avery.

International broadcast[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fritz, Steve (October 10, 1997). "Mania: Animated Shorts, Oct. 10, 1997". USA: Mania. Archived from the original on January 10, 1998. Retrieved 22 May 2011. 
  2. ^ a b "The Wacky World of Tex Avery", DIC Entertainment
  3. ^ http://tvshowsondvd.com/news/Wacky-World-Tex-Avery-Volume-1/17866

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