Today I researched the Legacy of Tex Avery.

I found that he influenced an awful lot of works. His influence can be seen in ‘Aladdin’ in the character of the ‘Genie’. Other works include: Phineas and Ferb, Spongebob Squarepants, Freakazoid! and Animaniacs. A cowboy bore his name in ‘The Wacky World of Tex Avery’ as well as his work being honoured on ‘The Tex Avery Show’ and ‘Cartoon Alley’.

In ‘Who Framed Rodger Rabbit’ they aimed to capture Avery’s humour in a less brutal fashion. Droopy, Avery’s own creation, made a cameo appearance and the character of Jessica Rabbit was based of his showgirl ‘Red’. Jessica even sang an interpretation of the song sang in ‘Red Hot Riding Hood’.

Dark Horse Comics also adored his work releasing a trio of mini series which were openly labelled tributes to Avery’s work: Wolf and Red, Droopy and Screwy Squirrel. His influence can also be seen in Dark Horse’s character ‘The Mask’, especially in the 1994 live action adaptation where the mask actually transforms into Avery’s character ‘Wolf’.

The extent to which his influence reaches is amazing, and it makes me happy to see that his genius and humour has been given the recognition it deserves, especially after his trying last years.


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