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Wacky, wacky-wack-wack!
Welcome to the Wacky World of Tex Avery!"

The Wacky World of Tex Avery is a 65-Episode Cartoon show produced by DiC Entertainment and Les Studios Tex in 1997. Named after the late great Tex Avery, a cartoonist who is most famous for his work at Warner Bros. and MGM, the creator Brody Dowler describes the show as a "homage to the brilliant, hilarious and groundbreaking animator Tex Avery and the wonderful squash-and-stretch cartoons of his era."


The show contains the following shorts:

  • Tex Avery: A goat-riding cowboy who saves the day and his girl Chastity Knott from his nemesis Sagebrush Sid (no relation to the real one). Based on Bob Clampett's character Red Hot Ryder from "Buckaroo Bugs"; although it always appears as the opening segment, not every episode has a Tex Avery segment.
  • Einstone: A brilliant caveman who is the world's first inventor, trying to teach the other cave people how to be civilized with his inventions; a play on the name Albert Einstein, he's also loosely based on another one of Tex Avery's cartoons, "The First Bad Man."
  • Ghengis & Khannie: Ghengis the Lionhearted leads his army across the world to conquer in the name of his Emperor and meets a young female panda named Khannie who tends to ruin his conquering plans; a play on the name Genghis Khan, the former is based on the lion from "Slap Happy Lion".
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  • Maurice & Mooch: Maurice the Chicken outwits Mooch the Fox who tries to eat him, the former based on the canary character from "King-Size Canary".
  • Pompeii Pete: A short bumbling Roman super centurion from Pompeii was buried in lava and 2,000 years later is free to live in the modern world, annoying a businessman named Dan. Though Dan sometimes is portrayed as a criminal.
  • Power Pooch: A normal dog gained superpowers after licking a superhero's shoe, becoming a superhero himself along with his blue cat sidekick Little Buddy.
  • Freddy the Fly: An obnoxious fly bugs an obese billionaire named Amanda Banshee, the former loosely based on one of Tex Avery's earlier characters, Homer the Homeless Flea.

Is not to be confused with The Tex Avery Show, a block of Avery's classic shorts aired on Cartoon Network in the early 2000s.

The Wacky World of Tex Avery provides examples of:

  • Adults Are Useless: Maurice's parents are absolutely clueless that Mooch is trying to eat them or just Maurice.
  • Affectionate Parody: A whole lot.
  • Ambiguously Jewish:
  • Animated Anthology: Each one based on Tex Avery characters.
  • Animation Bump:
    • The main title sequences for the show and segments have much more fluid animation than the episodes themselves (much of the intro was animated by Glen Kennedy). YMMV whether or not this is actually a good thing, especially the main show intro.
    • As for the episodes themselves, around half of them used digital coloring, while others used the hand-painted method.
  • Attack of the 50-Foot Whatever: "Attack of the 50-Footed Woman" has a giant woman who has literally fifty feet.
  • Brick Joke: So many...
  • Butt-Monkey: Mooch, Dan, and Amanda.
  • The Cape: Power Pooch.
  • Catchphrase:
    • Tex Avery: "You try to be a nice guy but no...!" "I don't think so."
    • Sagebrush Sid: "What are YOU looking at?!"
    • Pompeii Pete: "Scusi, scusi."
    • Freddy: "Hiya, toots/pal/folks!"
    • Amanda: "Time to die, fly!"
  • Cats Are Mean: Bad Cat from the Power Pooch shorts, except for Little Buddy.
  • Censor Box: One Tex Avery episode has one to cover Tex's nudity.
  • Covers Always Lie: Tex is shown riding a horse in the opening of his shorts and in bumpers, while he actually rides a goat. In one of the "We'll be right back" bumpers, his horse is shown abducted by aliens, which may explain his absence.
  • Creepy Child: Subverted with Khannie, arguably double subverted with Maurice, and averted with Little Buddy.
  • Curious as a Monkey: Pompeii Pete.
  • Cute Bruiser: Khannie, Maurice, and Little Buddy.
  • Dastardly Whiplash: Dan has several traits of one.
  • Death Is a Slap on the Wrist: Being cartoon characters in the same vein as the old Tex Avery shorts, they cannot actually die.
  • Death Is Cheap: Again, slapstick cartoon.
  • Dogs Are Dumb: Power Pooch himself being the Idiot Hero that he is.
  • The Dragon: Genghis, while the Emperor is arguably the Big Bad.
  • The Emperor: The Emperor, duh.
  • Evil Twin: Power Pooch gets one in one episode. He wears black and has a skull on his chest. And likes cats while the real Power Pooch hates them (except for Little Buddy).
  • Expy:
    • While Maurice is based on the character from "King-Sized Canary", he's also similar to Tweety Bird, sharing the blue sailor hat and having eyelashes despite being a boy.
    • Khannie's goody-goody personality is based on Elmyra Duff's. (Her voice actress (Cree Summer) adds to the fun.)
  • Fiery Redhead: Amanda Banshee has red hair and goes berserk when she's annoyed by Freddy.
  • Gross-Out Show: Played for Laughs.
  • Harmless Villain: Up and down in regards to Sagebrush Sid.
  • Heart Beats out of Chest: Power Pooch catches sight of a female poodle named Fifi. His heart beats so strongly that as Fifi is walking by him, it actually blocks her path.
  • In Name Only: Really has nothing to do with the legendary Avery. Though as stated, it was meant as a homage.
  • In One Ear, Out the Other: This visual gag happens to several characters but most frequently Dan and Amanda Banshee.
  • Kawaiiko: Khannie and Maurice. Arguably Little Buddy as well.
  • Lustful Melt: Following the above-mentioned Heart Beats out of Chest moment, Power Pooch melts after Fifi passes by. Though the actual melting happens offscreen, the puddle he becomes is seen after Fifi leaves.
  • Ms. Fanservice: Chastity.
  • No Antagonist: Einstone is the only segment to not feature a recurring antagonist, note  as Einstone's inventions are usually undone by the stupidity of his fellow cavemen.
  • No Celebrities Were Harmed:
    • Genghis the lion's voice channels a bit of Sean Connery's, while Khannie might be considered a furry version of Shirley Temple.
    • Chastity's voice appears to be based on that of Katherine Hepburn.
  • Off-Model: It's a DiC Entertainment show attempting the stylings of an animation icon on the cheap, and unsurprisingly this happens often. Especially noticeable in the intro and the digitally animated episodes.
  • Panda-ing to the Audience: Khannie is a Kawaiiko, Moe, Pollyanna, and she's a panda.
  • Panty Shot: Chastity in the "Disasterpiece Theatre" segment, though that's more like a short bloomer's shot. Happens as the librarian/narrator shakes the book he just read and she has an oops moment when she's dropped out of the book and bounces hard onto the floor, revealing her unmentionables under her English dress.
  • The Pollyanna: Khannie.
  • Public Domain Soundtrack: Both the show, and most (but not all) of the segments has an original theme based on PD music (e.g., Home on the Range for the Tex Avery segment, If You're Happy and You Know it for Einstone, Home Sweet Home for Maurice and Mooch, The Can-Can for the show itself, etc).
  • Rich Bitch: Amanda Banshee, oh so much. She uses her servants as furniture, for one thing.
  • Shout-Out: One "Maurice and Mooch" short has an Elmer Fudd-like hunter carrying a rabbit. Another Bugs-ish bunny showed up in a Tex cartoon. Amanda once saw Red's face in her mirror. One Power Pooch short was pretty much a rehash of King Size Canary. There were quite a few nods to the master, actually.
  • Southern Belle: Tex's girlfriend Chastity.
  • Spexico: In one Tex Avery short, the Latin Land setting was changed to Switzerland in-story so as not to be culturally insensitive. But the Mexican villagers remained, thus making it close to this trope.
  • Three Shorts: The regular number of shorts in an episode.
  • Token Mini-Moe: Exaggerated with Khannie.
  • Wouldn't Hit a Girl: Tex. Not even a man in a dress.
  • Yellow Peril: The Emperor.
  • Yes-Man: Short men with Stepford Smiles that wear hats with signs that says "Yes!", and they always agree on their boss(es).


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