Affectionately known as Red, the character Tex Avery created in
the early 1940's was the first of it's kind. Featured in several
shorts, Red Hot Riding Hood, Swingshift Cinderella, Little Rural
Riding Hood, The Shooting of Dan McGoo, and Uncle Tom's Cabana,
Red was pure excitement, driving the wolf into a frenzy at her mere
Created for GI's during WWII, Red was an instant hit, in fact her
looks were so georgous, she was initially banned from TV as being
to provocative. Her sultry voice, Dorothy Lamour's hair, Betty Grable's
figure, swinging body movements all combined to create the first
sexual cartoon character.
Even though the character is close to 60 years old, she made an
impact on animated characters long after her last short. In the
1980's, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit", the character of Jessica
was clearly based on Red.
One company selling posters of Red, even states the following:
"As sexy as she was in her series of
1940's Tex Avery cartoons, Red Hot is the perfect pin-up girl for
this millennium." I totally agree.