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TEX & TALES: Recurring Theme and Evolving Style

Well known as an animator full of a sense of humor, Tex Avery is part of this great tradition of storytelling. Using famous stories, he presented his own interpretation of their themes. This essay focuses on Little Red Riding Hood. Six pieces which Avery animated from 1939 to 1949 are based on the folktale. These are good examples with which to examine his evolution in idea and style. Starting from incidental gags, Avery’s storytelling proceeded towards setting for gags, and then dealing with how to tell a story. In the early stage, the traditional story was obviously put in the first place; his stories were an interpretation of it with a modern sense of humor. Later, those traditional themes in Avery came to be only a starting point to tell his own story with. At the same time, each of his characters obtained a new personality. Avery went on to transgress the cods of either storytelling or expression. In so doing, he created his own codes, which were as much used as expected by the public throughout the 1940s. Finally, Avery transgresses and mocks the codes of his own establishing in the last piece of the series as a conclusion of the long-lasting story with a girl and a wolf

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