Thursday, 10 June 2021

Put On Your Old Grey Bonnet

The pairing of director Friz Freleng and writer Mike Maltese worked so many times, including the 1944 cartoon Little Red Riding Rabbit. In one scene, Bugs tricks the wolf (Billy Bletcher) into singing “Put on Your Old Grey Bonnet.” The wolf really gets into it in a funny way, and Bugs adds his silent commentary.

There's another knock at the door and one of those sweat takes.

Clueless Red Riding Hood (Bea Benaderet) continues to shout the lines assigned to her from time immemorial. Except she has trouble remembering them. The wolf slams the door on her.

The wolf resumes his enthuiasic singing and bopping up and down. There’s another sweat take when he realises Bugs is gone.

Manny Perez is the credited animator, but Jack Bradbury, Dick Bickenbach and Gerry Chiniquy animated this, too, I suspect. This is a great cartoon from start to finish. The Maltese family told me the “TA HAVE!” shouted by Red during the cartoon came from Mike’s little daughter Brenda, who used to say the same thing.

1 comment:

  1. Still after all these years, a laugh out loud moment.