YMMV / Tex Avery

  • Award Snub: Infamously, Tex never won an Oscar for his cartoons, and only three of them (A Wild Hare, Blitz Wolf and Little Johnny Jet) were even nominated. Fortunately, they got a better reward later on...
  • Crowning Moment of Awesome It bears noting that Tex's Blitz Wolf was the first Hollywood cartoon to openly parody Hitler and the Nazis!
    • Despite being snubbed by the Academy Awards in his lifetime, five of Avery's films wound up on The 50 Greatest Cartoons list (with four more as runner-ups), and Magical Maestro was considered such an important cartoon, that it was inducted into the National Film Registry, the highest honor a film can achieve!
  • Crowning Moment of Heartwarming: The ending of "Little 'Tinker," in which lovelorn B.O. Skunk, who spends the entire picture chasing after girls who can't stand his smell, finally finds a girl who can — another skunk, who'd been doing the same things he'd been doing to attract a mate. Probably the one and only Tex cartoon that might bring tears to your eyes, though it's still as hilarious as any other short of his.
  • Ear Worm: The cartoon "I Love to Singa", directed by Avery when he was with Warner Bros.
    • The little tune the dogcatcher whistles in "the three little pups" as well.
    • The show dedicated to him that used to be run on Cartoon Network had one as the theme.
  • Growing the Beard: Though his work at Warner Bros. is undoubtedly hilarious, it was when Tex moved to MGM, where he received bigger budgets and a highly skilled animation staff, that the gloves came off and he was able to do the gags he wanted to do with very little Executive Meddling.
  • Seinfeld Is Unfunny: Avery pioneered many gags and situations that have become animation clichés: endless chases, eyes jumping out of their sockets, long tongues, sticks of dynamite, characters walking in mid-air before they realize there's no ground below them and fall, characters painting tunnels where the hero can walk thru, while the villain simply crashes against them, etc. One Tex Avery history book pointed out that Avery grew to resent how much his films and personal style of humor were copied in his later years, since his goal was to do something different and new.
    • Lampshaded in the I Am Weasel episode "I Am Clichéd," where Weasel complains to the director of the cartoon (the Red Guy) that the falling anvils, painted tunnels and wild eye takes have been done to death.
    • According to Michael Barrier's book "Hollywood Cartoons", Avery himself admitted that A Wild Hare (the first short with the fully-realized Bugs Bunny) hadn't particularly aged well in his eyes, and doesn't appear to be a very groundbreaking short, plus very few gags.
    • In his autobiography Chuck Reducks, Chuck Jones noted that Avery was particularly frustrated with cartoons that overused Rapid-Fire Comedy by having wall-to-wall gags but no brief moments of normality to let the audience breathe, making the gags impossible to appreciate. He would often tell his writers "Don't just do something! Stand there!"
  • Values Dissonance: Female objectification and broad racial stereotypes are rampant in Avery's shorts, and like everything else he did, they weren't subtle. Ranges from "mildly uncomfortable" to "only watchable if you're forgiving of the time period." It's worth noting that he directed three shorts which would later appear on the infamous "Censored Eleven" list, one less than Friz Freleng.
    • Values Resonance: But there's some shorts like "TV of Tomorrow" that contain much commentary on television that mostly rings true today, such as a family life (literally) based around the TV set, a man keeping his face glued to the screen in the living room as his wife drags his body into the kitchen (only pulling his outstretched head in to eat his dinner), the idea of TV being on-the-go (these days, it comes courtesy of mobile devices and the Internet. On the cartoon, it had a Scotsman watching TV installed in his flashlight), and a lack of variety in programming, despite having many channels (the old "X number of channels and there's nothing on" problem).