Little Red Rodent Hood

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Little Red Rodent Hood
Merrie Melodies (Sylvester) series
Directed byI. Freleng
Story byWarren Foster
Voices byMel Blanc
Bea Benaderet
Music byCarl Stalling
Animation byArthur Davis
Manuel Perez
Ken Champin
Virgil Ross
Distributed byWarner Bros. Pictures
The Vitaphone Corporation
Release date(s)May 3, 1952 (USA)
Color processTechnicolor
Running time6 minutes

Little Red Rodent Hood is a 1952 animated short featuring Sylvester in parody of "Little Red Riding Hood".


A grandmother mouse is telling her grandson a bedtime story, and so tells of Little Red Riding Hood (with the mouse as Riding Hood), and his visit to Grandma's House, unaware that the wolf (Sylvester) is watching her. He takes a shortcut to Grandma's, only to find four others already there, who he forces out. Red comes along, and he speaks his cue line, ("The better to eat you with") starting the chase.

He pursues Red down the staircase, only to be propelled further than intended by a stick of butter. Sylvester then decides to blow the house up with dynamite, but accidentally sticks it into Hector's mouth, who then sticks it in the cat's mouth until it blows up. Sylvester next disguises himself as Red's fairy godmother, attempting to electrocute Red with a rigged wand. Sylvester's incantation is "R-A-G-G M-O-P-P" in reference to the 1950 pop song Rag Mop by The Ames Brothers. However, Hector unplugs the power so that it doesn't work. Sylvester wonders if the wand is faulty ("What's this? Must've blown a fuse or somethin'") but Red simply tells him that nothing had happened ("It's a fake; nothing happens"). Hector then plugs it back in just as Sylvester tests it on himself ("Whaddya mean, nothin' happened?")

The mouse then tries to go outside, but is trapped once again. Underneath a cup, Sylvester watches as the mouse prepares something, revealed to be a miniature tank that packs a punch. He then traps the mouse by its hole. Back in reality, the grandmother describes how, to save herself, the mouse threw a stick of dynamite out, doing so to demonstrate. Her grandson claims that it must have blown the cat up, to which Sylvester replies, "You're not just whistling dixie, brother!"


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