The Wacky World of Tex Avery

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The Wacky World of Tex Avery
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How to insult an animation legend's legacy in one show...
Genre: Comedy
Slapstick
Off-color humor
Toilet humor
Running Time: 22 minutes (7 minutes for each segment)
Country: United States
Canada
France
Release Date: September 3 – December 26, 1997
Network(s): M6 (France)
First-run syndication (United States)
Created by: Robby London
Distributed by: The Program Exchange
Buena Vista International Television
DHX Media
Starring: Billy West
Kathleen Barr
Ian James Corlett
Seasons: 1
Episodes: 65 (195 segments)


The Wacky World of Tex Avery (French: Le Monde fou de Tex Avery) is a 1997 French-American-Canadian animated television series created by Robby London, and produced by DIC Entertainment and their French subsidiary Les Studios Tex, in-which the studio got it's name from this show. It's an anthology series that stars numerous characters such as Tex Avery (not to be confused with his namesake, the real-life animator of the same name), Einstone, and Pompeii Pete. The series was named after famous Warner Bros. & MGM animator, Tex Avery, and the creator describes the show as "an homage to the brilliant, hilarious and groundbreaking animator Tex Avery and the wonderful squash-and-stretch cartoons of his era".

Why It Sucks

  1. Despite the series' purpose is as a homage to Tex Avery and his cartoon creations, it is nothing more than an insult than a homage to Tex Avery's work, due to its various problems as listed below.
  2. Poor grasp of the source material: For legal reasons, none of Avery's trademark characters like Bugs Bunny and Droopy Dog are included in this show. There's a character who’s a cowboy named after Avery, and that's pretty much it.
  3. The title sequence shows the characters stomping and bouncing on the ground and flipping their lips in tune to the theme song and showing saliva, which is pretty disgusting.
  4. This show overuses too many Hanna-Barbera and other stock sound effects, which are inappropriately used at the wrong timings.
  5. The show has a ton of inappropriate and disturbing gun violence and sexual usage.
  6. Poor and annoying voice acting, particularly from Billy West as the titular character, and Scott McNeil as Amanda, who sounds very annoying and unconvincing as a woman.
  7. Most of the character designs are very unappealing and lackluster to look at, especially Tex himself, who has a very creepy smile on his face.
  8. There are plenty of ethnic and annoying stereotypes:
    • Pompeii Pete (while a likeable character/decent segment) is an Italian stereotype.
    • Maurice is a Swedish stereotype.
    • Einstone is a German stereotype based obviously on Albert Einstein.
    • Tex Avery (the main character) is just a cliché stereotypical Wild West character.
    • Other offensive stereotypes on this show include Asians, Chinese, Mexicans, British, Indians, Samoans, Jewish, and even Native Americans as well.
  9. The animation is sub-par and rather cheap-looking, with some unfinished backgrounds and missing frames.
    • On that topic, the animation makes all the characters just move too fast.
    • There are numerous animation errors. For example, in the opening, the top of Pompeii Pete's helmet disappears.
    • Some of the animation doesn't sync up with the backgrounds properly.
  10. False Advertising: The intro sequence and promo images show Tex riding a horse, but he rides a goat in the show itself instead.
  11. The jokes and humor are both very poor and terrible, as they mostly consist of fart jokes, toilet humor, and gross-out humor.
  12. This show was obviously made to cash-in on the trend of Golden Age-style shows such as Animaniacs and The Ren & Stimpy Show, which had little to no involvement with Tex Avery or his cartoons, as it was more of a homage to him.
  13. A lot of the characters are unlikable and obnoxious, the worst being Amanda Banshee, who is very lazy and short-tempered, and Freddy the Fly, who always abusive to Amanda.
  14. The soundtrack is obnoxious and insufferable, especially the theme song.
    • The theme song is incredibly annoying and lazy, as it basically consists of the song Can-Can (a.k.a. "Infernal Galop" from Jacques Offenbach's opera Orpheus In The Underworld) with the line "Welcome to the Wacky World Of Tex Avery" being repeated over and over again in tune to the music as its song lyrics.
  15. A lot of the characters and segments are pretty unoriginal and ripped off other already existing cartoons or TV shows.
    • Tex Avery is a ripoff of Red Hot Ryder from the 1944 Looney Tunes cartoon "Buckaroo Bugs" (Which was, ironically enough, directed by Bob Clampett) and copies a lot from Bugs Bunny.
    • Sagebrush Sid is a lazy clone of the wolf from Tex Avery's Droopy cartoons and usually serves as a stand-in for Yosemite Sam. (from Looney Tunes)
    • Miss Chasity Knott's design is almost plagiarized from Red's design, also from from the Droopy cartoons.
    • Genghis and Pompeii's designs look far too similar to Stimpy from The Ren & Stimpy Show.
      • Pompeii himself looks like the Indian from one of the Screwy Squirrel shorts ("Big Man Watha") and is rumored to be based on Shorty from the original Popeye the SailorBTSW shorts.
    • Dan's design has a strong resemblance to Dick Dastardly's design from Wacky Races.
    • The Einstone segments (or more importantly, the name) are an obvious ripoff of The Flintstones.
      • The face of Einstone himself was likely based on Little Miss Muffet from the 1940 Looney Tunes cartoon "A Gander at Mother Goose".
    • Genghis and Khannie are plagiarized copycats (no pun intended) of Tom and Jerry.
      • Khannie is also a stand-in for (and even shares the same voice actor as) Elmyra Duff from Tiny Toon Adventures.
    • Amanda Banshee looks like a stolen character drawn by Don Martin from the MAD magazine.
    • Freddy the Fly is likely a poor man's version of the gremlin from "Falling Hare". (Also from Looney Tunes)
    • Maurice's design is a ripoff of Tweety's design (again, from Looney Tunes) and Baby Huey's design.
    • Mooch is basically a copy off of Sylvester the Cat. (yet again, from Looney Tunes)
    • Maurice's father bears a few similarities to Foghorn Leghorn (yet another character from Looney Tunes)
    • Power Pooch is an obvious ripoff of Underdog and Superman.
    • Little Buddy can also be seen as a clone of Miles "Tails" Prower from the Sonic the Hedgehog games and even looks like his counterpart from Adventures of Sonic the Hedgehog.
  16. Ton of spelling errors and typos on the background objects:
    • In the Tex Avery segment "Bottleneck Bear", "Grizzly Bear" is misspelled as "Gbizzly" in one of the signs on a mountain.
    • This happens twice in the Freddy the Fly segment "Flychiatry"; "Judgement Day" is misspelled as "Judement Day", and "November" is misspelled as "Novenber". (Both on the psychiatrist's calendar)
    • Another Freddy the Fly segment, "Tallywho?", has a sentence with a misspelling: "Our guns are loaded and so are we" is misspelled as "Ours guns are loaded and so are we" on a sign.
    • In the Genghis and Khannie segment "The Wrath of Khannie", The sign on Uranus is misspelled as "Upanus", but only once.
  17. Most of the animals (especially on the Einstone segments) are usually poorly drawn and somehow have huge proboscis human-like noses, especially with the dinosaurs and saber-toothed cats.
  18. Too much weird, disturbing or inappropriate content for a kid's show to list; here are just a few.
    • In the first Pompeii Pete segment "The Dis-orderly", Dan the Man fakes a cut and squeezes a ketchup bottle so he's bleeding, made worse that he squeezed it very hard and all over the other patients.
      • In the same segment, Pompeii himself slices a pizza using a buzzsaw, but the gag was setup as if he was slicing Dan the Man instead.
    • In the first Maurice and Mooch segment "Breakfast in Bedlam", Maurice cracks an egg open, which isn't half bad. But the previous scene implied he pulled it from his mother.

Redeeming Qualities

  1. The characters in the show are at least original in some respects, even though most of them are obnoxious in a bad way.
  2. The Italian theme song sung by Cristina D'Avena was decent.
  3. Miss Chasity Knott and Little Buddy are the only characters to have decent designs that aren’t ugly to look at unlike the rest of the cast.
    • Khannie and Maurice's designs are also cute, much like Little Buddy's design.
  4. At least the animation in the title sequence as well as the intros to each segment looks like MGM Tex Avery standards, but that's not saying much.
  5. The narrator (Maurice LaMarche) can be decent at times.
  6. At least some of the characters are tolerable and decent such as Miss Chasity Knott, Genghis, Mooch, and Little Buddy.
    • Despite being an Italian stereotype, Pompeii Pete is admittedly a funny and a likable character.
  7. Some quotes are funny at times such as Sagebrush Sid's "What are you looking at?" and Power Pooch's "Can you say, justice?"
  8. Funny moments every now and then.
  9. A few of the episodes are good and admittedly funny such as Tex Meets the Execs.
  10. The animation improved a bit from episodes 60 to 65.
  11. The Genghis and Khannie segments had a small cult following and became a fan favorite by some people, such as a portion of the furry community.
    • The Pompeii Pete segments also seem to be well-liked by some people as well.
  12. Genghis the Lion, Mooch the Fox and Dan the Man are cool protagonist villains.
  13. The show actually does have a few nods to Tex Avery's work every now and then, the most notable being in "Cat Scratch Fervor" where Power Pooch and Bad Cat keep gnawing on the shoe to grow bigger like how the cat and mouse from Tex Avery's "King Size Canary" kept drinking the growth formula to grow bigger.

Trivia

  • This was DiC's first cartoon to be fully made using digital ink and paint. However, this wasn't the first time where they did this technique. The first time they did this animation technique was in The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! with the episode "Count Koopula".
  • Nancy Avery needed the money to pay for her kids' college, so she approved this show.
  • The Wacky World of Tex Avery was popular outside of the United States, especially in Italy.
  • Out of all the 65 episodes produced. Only 48 of them (At least in English) surfaced, leaving only 17 to be found.
    • The first 40 episodes were released on DVD by Mill Creek Entertainment, with episodes 45-52 available for free on YouTube.
    • As of 2021, episodes 45-52 have disappeared.
  • On later English prints of the series, only the voice actors from the French dub are credited.

Reception

The show was critically panned by critics and watchers alike and is widely considered to be the worst cartoon DiC Entertainment has ever made.

It also has a 4.8/10 rating on IMDb. RebelTaxi placed this show at #3 in the list of Top 10 Worst Reboots. Saberspark puts the theme song at #1 in the Top 10 Worst Cartoon Intros. SCMediaWorks criticized the show in his Rise and Fall of DIC Entertainment video and calls it the worst cartoon the company has ever made because it tried to capitalize on Tex Avery's legacy and also being an obvious knock-off of The Ren & Stimpy Show. Benthelooney placed this show at #9 on his Top 10 Classic Cartoons I Hate list.

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Comments


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MrAnonymous

3 months ago
Score 4
YOU DON'T FUCKING DISRESPECT THE DEAD LIKE THAT!
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J5823857

one month ago
Score 2
Tex Avery is rolling in his grave
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KalloFox34

25 days ago
Score 1
More like doing wild takes in his grave.
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Hello1234567890

13 days ago
Score 0
i liked this
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ExploringEditor

8 days ago
Score 0
The show was so unfunny, I actually fell asleep on most episodes, no joke!

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