The Wacky World of Tex Avery
|The Wacky World of Tex Avery|
|Created by||Robby London|
Ian James Corlett
|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||
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||65 (105 segments)|
|Executive producer(s)||Andy Heyward|
|Running time||22 minutes|
Les Studios Tex|
First-run syndication (U.S.)|
YTV and Canal Famille (Canada)
|Audio format||Dolby Surround|
|Original release||1997 – 1998|
The Wacky World of Tex Avery is a French–American–Canadian animated comedy television series produced by DIC Entertainment and created by Robby London in 1997. 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". The series was broadcast in the United States through syndication (usually on Fox stations at the time), and was also broadcast in Canada on YTV and Canal Famille.
The show contains the following short series:
The cartoon stars a goat-riding cowboy named Tex Avery (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).
Freddy the Fly
An obnoxious fly named Freddy (voiced by Billy West) bugs an obese billionaire named Amanda Banshee (voiced by Scott McNeil), whose continuous 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.
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 (Total Television, 1964), though the character he was based on wasn't created by Tex Avery.
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".
Genghis and Khannie
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. 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.
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).
- Billy West - Tex Avery, Sagebrush Sid, Freddy the Fly
- Kathleen Barr - Chastity Knott
- Ian James Corlett - Einstone, Pompeii Pete
- Phil Hayes - Power Pooch
- Terry Klassen - Maurice Squab
- Maurice LaMarche - Mooch, Emperor, Mr. Squab, Narrator, Dr. Hydrant
- Scott McNeil - Amanda Banshee
- Cree Summer - Khannie
- Lee Tockar - Ghengis, Little Buddy
- Alec Willows - Dan
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.
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. The 4-disc set features the first 40 episodes of the series. However, there is no word if the rest of the episodes would be released in another DVD ever again.
Most episodes of the show were seen on Hulu and Jaroo.com.
- 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
- 41. Tex Avery: Showdown at the OK Corral/Maurice & Mooch: Carnivores Anonymous/Power Pooch: Presidential Pooch
- 42. Einstone: Running of the Bullys/Pompeii Pete: What, Me Hostage?/Maurice & Mooch: Coach Mooch
- 43. Maurice & Mooch: Mutiny on the Poultry/Pompeii Pete: The Running Dan/Einstone: Ugh-ementary, My Dear Watson
- 44. Power Pooch: Don't Shoot, It's a Shoot/Pompeii Pete: Dawn of the Dan/'Einstone: Ever Herd of Cows?
- 45. Tex Avery: Tex-Files/Freddy the Fly: Income Outcome/Genghis & Khannie: Asgard Me Not
- 46. Maurice & Mooch: Moochini the Magnificent/Power Pooch: Pumped Up!/Genghis & Khannie: Map-solutely Not
- 47. Tex Avery: Tex Meets Execs/Genghis & Khannie: Agent From H.O.R.D.E./Einstone: SSSPEED
- 48. Einstone: Gunga Dan/Genghis & Khannie: Atlantis Shrugged/Maurice & Mooch: Mini the Mooch
- 49. Einstone: Duhmesticated/Freddy the Fly: Buzzin' Couzin'/Power Pooch: 20/20 Houndsight
- 50. Tex Avery: The Texorcist/Einstone: ... /Genghis & Khannie: May the Stressed Man Win
- 51. Pompeii Pete: Dan the Man Child/Genghis & Khannie: Queen Khannie/Maurice & Mooch: Backseat Bedlam
- 52. Power Pooch: Flea! Run Away!/Maurice & Mooch: Family Food/Genghis & Khannie: Remember the Rigmarole*
- 53. Tex Avery: Armed Adillo/Einstone: Ugh to the Future /Pompeii Pete: Queasy Cuisine
- 54. Tex Avery: Tex-tra Credit/Power Pooch: Power Puppy/Genghis & Khannie: Eski-No-Mo
- 55. Einstone: Mister Smart Guy/Maurice & Mooch: Chicken Fried Cousins/Freddy the Fly: Rich Meets Poe
- 56. Power Pooch: The Dog Who Would Be King/Freddy the Fly: Butlervania/Pompeii Pete: Gym Dandy
- 57. Tex Avery: Moby Cow/Pompeii Pete: Dan's Best Friend/Genghis & Khannie: Unsurely You Jest
- 58. Tex Avery: Narrated Tex/Genghis & Khannie: Emperor on Holiday/Maurice & Mooch: Superchump
- 59. Power Pooch: Night of the Living Dumb/Einstone: What Big Feet You Have/Freddy the Fly: The Butlers Did It
- 60. Genghis & Khannie: Corporate Takeover/Einstone: Toy Prehistory/Maurice & Mooch: Stressed Guest
- 61. Freddy the Fly: Sold Out/Pompeii Pete: Dan or Dana/Power Pooch: Shoeless
- 62. Tex Avery: Justice of the Pieces/Pompeii Pete: The Buddy Guard/Einstone: The Meat Tree
- 63. Tex Avery: Tex and Sid's Blooper Spectacular/Maurice & Mooch: Time Flies, Chickens Don't/Pompeii Pete: Men in Lavender
- 64. Power Pooch: The Original Origin Story/Genghis & Khannie: Harrier Pigeon/Pompeii Pete: Bat-Dan
- 65. Tex Avery: Yearnin for a Learnin/Maurice & Mooch: The Stepford Chickens/Genghis & Khannie: French Twist
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