Thursday, 23 October 2014

I'll Go Into Television

“This is the last straw, man,” says the southern wolf as he lights explosives all around the brick house of the Three Little Pups. “If this don’t work, I’ll—I’ll go into television,” he vows. The low key wolf doesn’t even take his hands out of his pockets. He gestures with the top of his head, pointing off camera to where he lit the explosives.

There’s a huge explosion. A bunch of different explosion/fireworks cards take up about four seconds of screen time.

The dog house and the pups in it survive.

And the wolf fulfills his promise. We see him on the television set the pups are watching as the cartoon ends.

Ed Benedict designed the “The Three Little Pups,” with Vera Ohman handling the stylised backgrounds. Animators for Tex Avery on this one are Ray Patterson added to his usual unit of Mike Lah, Grant Simmons, Walt Clinton and soon-to-be-departing Bob Bentley.


  1. Whatever technique they had for the time to do it, you can still faintly see through the wolf in the live-action bit. It's not too noticeable, but something I only bothered to notice through constant viewers as a kid.

  2. The last frame of the explosion reminds me of the stock Hanna Barbera explosion.