Yes, grammatically, that should be "Writhing Well."
But it had to happen..I decided there should be a Wolfie Version of this tail to join the lot. It's the new cartoon this week over at "DISCIPLINE & DESIRE!"
The story of the Girl In Da Hood and her Cross-Dressing Lupine has been told countless times throughout the ages, with many fine illustrators, like-- Gustave Dore!
("MY, what adorable chubby cheeks you have, Red!")
And Walter Crane!
And Janet and Anne Grahame Johnstone! (Say, what a tall, handsome wolf!)
And the Cartwrights! (Not Ben, Adam, Hoss, and Little Joe)
And... And whoever the hell this is!!
"Got any muffins in there, Toots?"
But enough Culture. There have been just as many parodies, and here are three I'm particularly fond of. The first is by James Thurber and is short and hilarious.
The Little Girl and the Wolf
by James Thurber
One afternoon a big wolf waited in a dark forest for a little girl to come along carrying a basket of food to her grandmother. Finally a little girl did come along and she was carrying a basket of food. "Are you carrying that basket to your grandmother?" asked the wolf. The little girl said yes, she was. So the wolf asked her where her grandmother lived and the little girl told him and he disappeared into the wood.
When the little girl opened the door of her grandmother's house she saw that there was somebody in bed with a nightcap and nightgown on. She had approached no nearer than twenty-five feet from the bed when she saw that it was not her grandmother but the wolf, for even in a nightcap a wolf does not look any more like your grandmother than the Metro-Goldwyn lion looks like Calvin Coolidge. So the little girl took an automatic out of her basket and shot the wolf dead.
(Moral: It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be.)
Truly a Fable For Our Time!
Naturally, my next fave is the version Tex Avery and Associates did at MGM in 1943, "Red Hot Riding Hood."
Ya wanna see most of it again? Okay!!
Another is "Little Red Riding Rabbit" from Friz Freleng and Friends at Warner Bros in 1944!
Young Obnoxious Teen Red was voiced by Bea Benaderet! Those close to my age, or those of you who catch the TV rerun networks, where old things become new again, will know Bea as Kate from "Petticoat Junction," or maybe as George and Gracie's Neighbor, and of course as (the voice of ) Betty Rubble! Bea also played the Li'l Ole Lady that Lucy Ricardo wanted to set up, which earned her that first (shown) spanking from Ricky to try to discourage her matchmaking efforts!
Here, you can cackle at her performance as well as Mel Blanc, Belly Bletcher and the gags!
Hm... a strangely cute and somewhat obnoxious imp in danger of getting her bum burned?
Speaking of spanking (you know where you are, right?) there have been Red Hoods with Red Buns, too. As a f'rinstance, in her Fantasies video, Ms Amber Pixie Wells plays a gal who runs afoul of a Mean Old Was-Wolf, as enacted by the Houndog himself, Richard Windsor, Esq!
If you go over to THIS ENTRY on "The Best Spanking Blogs," you'll see Sarah Gregory and her Granny enacting the end of the tale!
(My sincere apologies, I've seen "Granny" in innumerable videos all over the web, but I can't think of her name right now. Someone help my lapse and I'll give you thanks and credit!)
(And if you're a cute imp type gal on my lap I'll give you spanks and credit, too!)
(And now thanks to Smuccatelli who just left a note below naming the "Granny" in this scene as Dana Specht, "who has a business partnership with Sarah where she plays Sarah's 'spanking mommy' in a series of videos.")
And they all lived happily ever after.