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The Dizzy Acrobat (1943)

Woody Woodpecker sneaks in to see the circus as an usher attempts to stop him. Both of them end up on the trapeze and the high wire.

Director:

Alex Lovy (uncredited)

Writers:

Ben Hardaway (story), Milt Schaffer (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Mel Blanc ... Woody Woodpecker (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)
Kent Rogers Kent Rogers ... Woody Woodpecker (voice) (uncredited)
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Storyline

Woody Woodpecker visits the circus. Singing "I Went to the Animal Fair," he strolls through a tiger's cage. As Woody looks at a rhinoceros, the nearby lion eats Woody's hot dog. Woody gets revenge by putting the lion's tail in the bun; the lion eats his own tail. Woody next tries to sneak into the main tent, and the run-ins with the guard take up the rest of the cartoon. First, the guard tells Woody he can work for his admission by watering an elephant, but he's not pleased when Woody ties the elephant's trunk to a hydrant. The chase is on, leading into the lion tamer's cage, onto the trapeze, and bicycling across the tightrope. Both Woody and the guard end up as targets in the shooting gallery. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 May 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

O Acrobata Maluco See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

Color:

Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Goofs

In the establishing shot, the circus freaks appear in front of their posters. In close up, they suddenly become images on the posters. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Barker: Hurry, hurry, hurry! Step right up, folks. All it takes is part of a dollar. See the greatest, the most colossal, the most stupendous, the most gigantic, the most sensational...
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Soundtracks

I Went to the Animal Fair
(uncredited)
Sung by Ben Hardaway as Woody Woodpecker
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Woody Woodpecker at the circus
9 July 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

Was very fond of Woody Woodpecker and his cartoons as a child. Still get much enjoyment out of them now as a young adult, even if there are more interesting in personality cartoon characters and better overall cartoons.

That is in no way knocking Woody, because many of his cartoons are a lot of fun to watch and more and also still like him a lot as a character. 'The Dizzy Acrobat' is not one of his best early or overall efforts, being not as good as particularly 'Woody Woodpecker', 'Ace in the Hole' and 'The Loan Stranger'. It is still very good though.

Just that agreed it is formula/concept-wise somewhat typical for Woody, and while the antics have enough variation to stop things from being too repetitive, one can't help thinking that the basic premise has been done better and better with even more imagination and variety.

While there may be cartoon characters with slightly more interesting personalities, Woody is still at his best incredibly funny, never obnoxious and very lovable self, summing him up in one word it would be wonderfully nuts. His personality traits are still evolving and while a few are different others are unmistakably recognisable. The usher is a funny and suitably at times menacing opponent and the two play off each other very well indeed.

As ever, the animation is great. Woody's character design and physicality have changed/evolved for the better. Even more impressive are the rich and vibrant colours, the meticulously detailed backgrounds and the quite smooth drawing.

'The Dizzy Acrobat's' music also stands out. It's characterful, lushly orchestrated and is not only dynamic with the action it even enhances it. Love the lively arrangement of "I Went to the Animal Fair". The writing is suitably witty and raises a number of chuckles. The gags are razor-sharp in timing and often hilarious with inspired use of the animals and plenty of the manic energy one expects in a Woody Woodpecker cartoon.

Voice acting is well done. 8/10 Bethany Cox


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