The film begins as the man of the house returns from a hard day at the office. He runs through a list of chores, asking his wife if she completed them. She replies “yes” to everything, but unfortunately she did not have time to mow the lawn. Well, hubby blows his stack and complains about how women have all the time in the world but can’t get anything done. The rest of the film is told in flashback, as the wife tells about how her day was spent. She gets the family up, makes breakfast, cleans the house, goes to the bank, goes shopping and goes to the beauty parlor. Each of these situations provide for various gags…some of them work and others don’t. The funniest bit involves the wife hoping from line to line at the bank to try to get through faster, each time ending up behind an elderly woman trying to deposit several hundred dollars worth of pennies. When she’s done telling her husband about her day, the wife informs him that she also bought him a special gift…a rolling pin which clunks him on the head with.
On the artistic side, this is another cool example of the 50’s style of animation. I especially like the character design in this one. Most of the characters are based on interesting shapes. There’s even some great use of curved lines for some of their features that subtly reminds me of Al Hirschfeld’s work. The most natural looking character in the whole thing is actually the wife. She sort of looks like a Barbie Doll walking around in a world of strange characters.
It’s definitely not as “Looney” as some of the Looney Tunes are, but this is an interesting little short likely to please and anger feminists at the same time. Oh, and a word of warning…I couldn’t find much information on this short online…feel free to try but take my word, you don’t want to type the words “Wild Wife” into Google. Yikes!