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Little Red Riding Hood

A Laugh-o-Gram Cartoon

Release Date : July 29, 1922

Running Time : 6:12

Synopsis

The traditional story of the little girl bringing treats to her grandma (in this case donuts with shotgun-created holes) with the "wolf" as a dapper gentleman in a flivver and her rescuer a passing aviator.

Credits

Director
Walt Disney
Animation
Rudolph Ising

Source

Based on the story "Little Red Cap"

DVD

United States
Disney's Laugh-O-Grams
The Legendary Laugh-O-Gram Fairy Tales

Blu-Ray

Beauty and the Beast : 3 Disc Blue Ray + DVD Combo Pack

Technical Specification

Color Type: Black & White
Animation Type: Standard animation
Sound Mix: Silent
Aspect Ratio: 1.37 : 1
Negative Format: 35mm
Print Format: 35mm
Cinematographic Process: Spherical
Original Language: English

Released by The Laugh-O-Gram Company

Comments

From Matt : They showed this short to us conventioneers at The Official Disneyana Convention (I haove n tape now). It was very funny and well animated for a 21 year old in 1921.
From J. D. Weil : This was Disney's first Laugh-o-Gram short and reportedly Walt Disney animated this cartoon single-handedly.
From Jeremy Fassler : This short was drawn single handedly by Walt himself, yes, J.D. is correct. The opening is quite stupid, as it is the same thing over and over, a woman shooting doughnuts to make holes. Then a cat eats the doughnut and dies (HA HA!) The wolf in turn, rapes (gasp!) Red Riding Hood instead of trying to eat her. Then some dude comes with a plane, hooks the wolfs car to a hook, and dunks him in the river (this was done in the 007 film "You Only Live Twice.")

It's interesting to see this film, but it's not The Skeleton Dance or The Three Little Pigs.


From Jerry Edwards : I enjoyed the scene of Little Red Riding Hood's car being pushed by her dog with som sausages on a stick to inspire him. I enjoyed the scene of Little Red Riding Hood blowing up one of the doughnuts to replace a flat tire. The "wolf" in this cartoon is a human - not a real wolf. I liked the scene of the man reducing the car to pocket size and putting it in his pocket. My copy does not show any "rape" scene - just the house with "help, help" - which I imagined to just be the "wolf" chasing her. I enjoyed the scene of the dog racing off to find help and joining the pilot who returns to rescue her. I enjoyed the scene of the dog hiding his eyes as Little Red Riding Hood and her rescuer kissed at the end.

I prefer to rate this short based on its time in Disney history. No, it's not The Skeleton Dance or The Three Little Pigs but those shorts were later after several animation advances. I feel this short is a quality short for its time.


From Rich Drezen : I was intrigued to finally see this picture and I must say it's quite primitive but effectively entertaining. The animation is crude and repetitive although the gag with the cat dropping dead and his 9 lives exiting from him really made me laugh. It's interesting to see how Walt went on to build an empire after producing this as well as several other Laugh-O-Grams, and luckily he was able to hire such incredibly talented animators such as Woolie Reitherman, Ward Kimball, Les Clark, Ollie Johnston, Ub Iwerks, Marc Davis, Frank Thomas, Ward Kimball, Freddie Moore, etc. If only Walt's animation could be compared to theirs! But you've gotta do what you gotta do to get by for a while.
From Christian : The animation may have been extremely crude for this cartoon, and it also may have been hard to follow along with, but overall, it's still a great start for the Disney shorts that this site is devoted to. It's a shame, though, that these cartoons are hard to find.
From Ray Pointer : The posting regarding Disney's first fully animated cartoon, Little Red Riding Hood contains two factual errors. First of all, Walt Disney did not animate this entirely alone. Rudy Ising worked on it with Walt, as supported by his comments in the Mike Barrier interview, exerpts of which are heard on the DVD, "The Legendary Laugh-o-Grams Fairy Tales." Second, this initial cartoon was not distributed. The second effort, The Four Musicians of Bremen was the actual pilot for the series, as this signaled Disney's first real use of cels and painted backgrounds. These facts are to be found in "Walt in Wonderland" by J.B. Kaufman and Russell Merritt.

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