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The Trial of Mr. Wolf is a 1941 Merrie Melodies short directed by I. Freleng.

Plot

Little Red Riding Hood is on trial. The judge is an owl, the jury is eight wolves and one skunk. The defense attorney is a wolf. The Wolf gives his testimony, an idyllic story of the wolf dancing, picking flowers for his mother, and communing with nature (represented by a short-tempered bird). His story continues with Red Riding Hood plotting to deceive the wolf into leading her to Grandma's house, where Grandma is waiting to catch the Wolf for his pelt.

The wolf's testimony continues: he evades Grandma and tries to escape but is caught and throttled by Grandma...."and it was only through a miracle that I escaped with me life!"

Even the eight-wolves-plus-one-skunk jury seems very skeptical and suspicious of his testimony. The Wolf declares that if he is lying, a streetcar should run him over. A streetcar soon does just that. He then rises from the rumble and states "well, maybe I did exaggerate just a little bit," after which a brick from the wall falls and hits his head.

Availability

Notes

  • "The Trial of Mr. Wolf" was reissued in the 1945-46 season, evident from the orange Color Rings black background. The second reissue was in the 1954-55 season, evident from red rings blue background and the background is smaller. The second reissue retained the first Blue Ribbon ending. However, the dubbed version is the Blue Ribbon.
  • The original titles were restored for the DVD releases Looney Tunes Golden Collection: Volume 5 and Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection: Volume 5.
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