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Wacky Wildlife (1940)

A series of typical Avery spot gags set around wild animals. A dainty deer drinks very loudly and rudely from a lake. A pack rat swaps an egg and an acorn, then back again ("monotonous, ... See full summary »


Tex Avery (as Fred Avery)


Dave Monahan (story)


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Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Deer / Bird / Bob Cat / Mouse / Alligator / Pig / Termite / Coyote / Wild Dog (voice) (uncredited)
Robert C. Bruce Robert C. Bruce ... Narrator (voice) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Bluebird Chick (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... Tom Cat (voice) (uncredited)


A series of typical Avery spot gags set around wild animals. A dainty deer drinks very loudly and rudely from a lake. A pack rat swaps an egg and an acorn, then back again ("monotonous, isn't it?"). A flock of ducks lands; a hunter fires; all fly away, except one with an American flag on its side. A termite fells a huge tree. A cowboy rides across the plains well, no; his horse is just slapping itself with the front hooves. A coyote calls to its mate: "Hey, Mabel, come on out!" A camel contradicts the narrator, saying he's really thirsty. A wild dog: because of the lumbermen. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Release Date:

9 November 1940 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Une vie sauvage trépidante See more »

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1.37 : 1
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Narrator: An interesting animal is the camel, often called the ship of the desert. He is noted for being able to go for weeks without water. Day after day, he plods over scorching desert sands in terrific heat, never once desiring a cool refreshing drink of water.
Camel: I don't care what you say. I'm thirsty.
[continues walking]
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Typical Avery wackiness
21 November 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Love animation, it was a big part of my life as a child, particularly Disney, Looney Tunes and Tom and Jerry, and still love it whether it's film, television or cartoons.

Also have much admiration for Tex Avery, an animation genius whose best cartoons are animated masterpieces and some of the best cartoons ever made by anybody. 'Wacky Wildlife' has many of Avery's trademarks, without being one of his best. It may not be one of his overall funniest or most imaginative and structurally it's a little episodic, but it's well made and clever and the wit, colour and wackiness as well as some fun characters are evident.

It is no surprise that, as with a vast majority of Avery's cartoons regardless of the period, the animation is excellent. Beautifully drawn, very detailed and the colours are vibrant.

Carl Stalling's music score is typically lushly and cleverly orchestrated, with lively and energetic rhythms, it's also beautifully synchronised with the action and gestures/expressions and even enhances the impact.

'Wacky Wildlife' is clever and amusing, the animals are suitably wild and the timing is spot on. The narration entertains and educates and the voice acting is solid, perfect in the case of Robert C Bruce.

Overall, well made and enjoyable. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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