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->''"Something New Has Been Added"''
-->-- '''The ''second'' title card'''

"Red Hot Riding Hood" is an animated cartoon short subject, directed by Creator/TexAvery and released on May 8, [[UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation 1943]] by Creator/MetroGoldwynMayer. It is one of Avery's most popular cartoons, inspiring several of his own "sequel" shorts (which really were just shorts with a similar plot and the same characters, though notably Droopy was involved with many of the other shorts Wolfie and Red appear in) as well as influencing other cartoons and feature films for years afterward.

The story begins as a typical [[TastesLikeDiabetes cutesy]] [[DisneyFication retelling]] of "Literature/LittleRedRidingHood"--that is, [[NoFourthWall until the Big Bad Wolf and even Red and her Grandma become annoyed at the narrator]] [[AnimatedActors and complain about how stale and overused the premise is, and demanding a new take on the story]]. The narrator finally gives in to their demands--cue the ''second'' title card quoted above.

The cartoon then takes us to Hollywood, where the Big Bad Wolf is now a womanizer who frequents nightclubs, Red is now an [[MsFanservice incredibly attractive]] singer and dancer, and her Granny is a hotel/implied brothel owner and an (apparently) oversexed AbhorrentAdmirer of Wolfie once she sees him. [[HilarityEnsues Hilarity does indeed ensue from there.]]

The follow-up shorts to "Red Hot Riding Hood" were as follows:
* "Swing Shift Cinderella" (1945) -- Pretty much same as the first short, but with Literature/{{Cinderella}} in lieu of Little Red Riding Hood.
* "The Shooting of Dan [=McGoo=]" (1945) -- A cartoon version of Robert Service's poem "[=The Shooting of Dan McGrew=]," which features Droopy.
* "Wild and Woolfy" (1945) -- A Western-themed short, also featuring Droopy.
* "Uncle Tom's Cabaña" (1947) -- An adaptation of ''Literature/UncleTomsCabin'' which featured Red. Wolfie doesn't appear, as here he is replaced by Simon [=LeGreedy=]. [[ValuesDissonance It's not often shown anywhere in the United States.]]
* "Little Rural Riding Hood" (1949) -- Essentially had a CityMouse[=/=]CountryMouse-plot, with a hillbilly wolf and a sophisticated urban wolf.

An IndianMaiden {{Expy}} of Red also makes a cameo at the end of the Tex Avery short "Big Heel-Watha" (1944). Red is a prominent character in the some ''WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry'' direct-to-video films (where she acts as ParentService) while Wolfie and the two wolves from "Little Rural Riding Hood" make cameos. List:

* ''Tom and Jerry Meet Sherlock Holmes''
* ''Tom and Jerry: Robin Hood And His Merry Mouse''
* ''Tom and Jerry's Giant Adventure''

!!"Red Hot Riding Hood" provides examples of:

* AbhorrentAdmirer: Granny's just as attracted to Wolfie as he is to Red.
* AbsurdlyLongLimousine: While not a usual stretch limousine, Wolfie drives a car with an absurdly long ''hood'' that takes quite a while to pass the viewer.
%%* AllMenArePerverts: The wolf is Ur-Example.
* AllWomenAreLustful: At least Granny is.
* BaitAndSwitchCredits: The cartoon begins as a traditional rendition of the story, until the characters rebel and demand that they tell it a different way. So the cartoon begins again with a new title card, this one a neon sign proclaiming that "Something new has been added".
* BigNo: Red rejects Wolfie very loudly this way, [[LarynxDissonance and in a man's voice.]] Before shouting, she speaks softly and sweetly.
* TheCatCameBack: When Granny chases after Wolfie, he just doesn't seem able to get away from her.
* TheChanteuse: Red is a nightclub performer. She retains this role throughout the other films in the series.
* DamselInDistress: The shorts featuring Droopy tended to turn Red into this, in contrast to those without him, where she was perfectly capable of fending off the Wolf's advances herself.
%%* DirtyOldWoman: Granny.
* DoesNotLikeShoes: Red's country counterpart in "Little Rural Riding Hood".
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything: Whenever Wolfie first sees Red, he jumps out of his chair and stiffens his whole body in mid-air horizontally, kind of like a...you know...
* DrivenToSuicide: At the end, Wolfie vows never to so much as look at another woman again while at the nightclub. The curtains are pulled back and he sees Red on stage again. He then shoots himself in the head, but then his ''ghost'' begins to do wild takes.
* EyePop: One of Wolf reactions to Red.
* FakeOutOpening: The story begins as a typical cutesy retelling of "Little Red Riding Hood"—that is, until the Big Bad Wolf and even Red and her Grandma become annoyed at the narrator and complain about how stale and overused the premise is, thus demanding a new take on the story.
* FollowThatCar: Wolfie tells a taxi driver to follow Red's car, and he does... without Wolfie inside the taxi.
* FracturedFairyTale: It's Little Red Riding Hood set in 1940s Hollywood.
* {{Gainaxing}}: Prevalent on Red's ample chest.
* GlamorousWartimeSinger: Red was based on these. In one of her later shorts, she does sing a song with a wartime theme.
* GravityIsAHarshMistress: After Wolfie jumps through the window to get away from Granny.
* GrassIsGreener: Not as a song per se, but in "Little Rural Riding Hood," the hick wolf is happy to chase hick Red until he sees what he's missing in the city. [[spoiler: And City Wolf, who seems coolly indifferent to City Red, flips for Rural Red!]]
* HandyFeet: In "Little Rural Riding Hood" Red's country counterpart has really big feet and uses them to open and close the front door.
* HelloNurse: Wolfie's reaction to Red, and Granny's reaction to him.
* HeroesWantRedheads: Well, at least wolves do.
* HotterAndSexier...and zanier too. Starts out as a normal "Little Red Riding Hood" until the characters suddenly rebel at this done-to-death staging and demand a fresh approach. Red is a sexy adult nightclub entertainer.
* TheHunterBecomesTheHunted: Wolfie starts out as the metaphorical "hunting" Red, before becoming himself "hunted" by Granny.
* HypocriticalHumor: The Wolf tells Granny to "control [her]self".
* IKissYourHand: Wolfie does this while trying to sweet talk Red. It isn't effective.
* ImpactSilhouette: Left by Grandma ''on the ceiling'' after Wolfie punctures her rear with a needle.
* InteractiveNarrator
* LadyInRed: The singer/showgirl/stripper. She's even unofficially named Red, probably as much from her hair as her costume (which is white in several of the shorts). In any case her clothing certainly draws attention.
* LoveMakesYouCrazy: For the Wolf and Grandma.
* LoveCanMakeYouGonk: As seen in the page image
* MsFanservice: Red, a nightclub singer and dancer who is usually making all men in the room crazy, especially a Wolf character who -- in vain -- tries to seduce and chase her.
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: Red's singing voice is reminiscent of Lena Horne, while her speaking voice is patterned after the typical way actresses parody Creator/KatharineHepburn (emphasizing the end of each sentence with "really I have").
* NoGuyWantsToBeChased: Once the tables are turned on Wolfie and Granny is lusting after ''him'', he's terrified and does his best to run away, to no avail.
* NoNameGiven: The eponymous Red Hot Riding Hood wasn't given a real name in any of her theatrical appearances, but most fans generally refer to her as "Red." Her later appearances in the WesternAnimation/TomAndJerry DTV-features ultimately made "Red" her official name.
* NonSingingVoice: Red's singing was provided by Connie Russell, while her Creator/KatharineHepburn-esque speaking was provided by Sara Brenner, and her shouting voice ("NOOOOOO!") was done by a rather then-little known voice actress named Creator/JuneForay. The wolf's howling was also one of the first jobs ever for Creator/DawsButler.
* NotSoDifferent: Through most of Little Rural Riding Hood, Wolfie's urbane cousin laments Wolfie's lack of self control around Red. He drives Wolfie back to the country, sees the country girl that was Wolfie's crush before Red...and loses it exactly like Wolfie did over Red. Then Wolfie laments his cousin's lack of self control and sends him back to the city.
* PainPoweredLeap: Wolfie sticks Grandma in the butt with a needle and she jumps through the roof of her penthouse. The sticking is usually edited out when shown on television, so you just see Wolfie holding the needle and then it cuts straight to the jump.
* RealFakeDoor: As the Wolf tries to escape Grandma's apartment, he opens a door and crashes into a brick wall with a sign reading "Imagine that—no door!"
* RevisedEnding: The short's original ending had Granny marrying the wolf at a ShotgunWedding (with a caricature of Tex Avery as the Justice of the Peace who marries them), and having the unhappy couple and their [[HalfHumanHybrid human/wolf-hybrid children]] attend Red's show. Granted, the ending they eventually settled on [[DrivenToSuicide wasn't exactly]] [[WhatDoYouMeanItsNotForKids kid-friendly, either]] (which is why it has been edited on TV).
* SexyBacklessOutfit: Red. She wears a skimpy red, strapless, backless {{Burlesque}} outfit.
* ShesGotLegs: Red.
* ShoutOut:
** ''Film/TheMask'' contains quite a few shout-outs to this short in particular. The main character is even shown watching the short on TV, and he owns a Wolfie statuette.
** Creator/AndreNorton had a line in one of her books where a character reacts to an unexpected discovery by quoting the second title card.
** The line "Something new has been added" originally comes from a slogan for Old Gold cigarettes in the 1940s.
** In the film adaptation of ''Film/IntoTheWoods'', the Wolf is designed to look like the one in the original cartoon.
* SlapstickKnowsNoGender: Grandma gets no special treatment and it's just as funny.
* SomethingElseAlsoRises: The Wolf's reactions to Red. In fact, most of them (like steam erupting from out of the Wolf's collar as he tugs at it) were considered too obscene to be shown by the Hays Office censors (by today's standards, the steam thing isn't that risqué).
* TakeThat: It wouldn't be the last time Tex took a jab at the cute and cuddly animation that was popular in the 1930s.
* TheReveal: At the end of "Swing-Shift Cinderella," it's revealed that Cinderella's actually a Rosie the Riveter by night and the reason she had to make it home before midnight was because she has to work the night shift at Lockweed Aircraft Plant.
* VictoriasSecretCompartment: Granny keeps her keys here. Very much a FanDisservice.
* VisualPun: "Wolf" is an old-fashioned slang term for "womanizer," which is what the Big Bad Wolf actually is.
* WartimeCartoon: The cartoon was originally made to entertain American troops.
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: At the start of "Little Rural Riding Hood", Red's country counterpart is delivering a jug of moonshine to her grandma, but we never see any sign of her.
* WildTake: To the point where this short by itself could very well be the TropeCodifier.
* WolfWhistle: Delivered by an actual wolf, no less.
* WolverinePublicity: Due to Red's inherently appealing nature and popularity, her appearances on the WesternAnimation/{{Droopy}} DVD set are played up to where she is prominently displayed in much of the packaging, even though she only appears in ''two'' of the cartoons included on the set!
* WrenchWhack: Red carries a big monkey wrench in her purse with "Wolf Pacifier" etched in the handle.