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Ballyhooey (1960)

Woody tries to watch his favorite TV quiz show, "Win the Whole Wide World" despite the fact it is constantly interrupted by commercials for the stupidest products, such as "Hair Goop Hair ... See full summary »


Alex Lovy


Homer Brightman (story)


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Credited cast:
Paul Frees
Dal McKennon Dal McKennon
Grace Stafford ... Woody (voice)


Woody tries to watch his favorite TV quiz show, "Win the Whole Wide World" despite the fact it is constantly interrupted by commercials for the stupidest products, such as "Hair Goop Hair Oil" which turns a bald man into a hairy gorilla and "Scat Fat" tablets which reduce an obese man until he's as thin as a sheet of paper. Finally, the question, "Who is buried in Grant's tomb", is asked. Woody tries to submit his answer, Napoleon, to the studio only to discover it is incorrect (George Washington is the correct answer). However, they still reward him with a free trip...to the South Pole. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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Release Date:

2 January 1960 (USA) See more »

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Propaganda Super See more »

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It's quiz/commercial time with Woody Woodpecker
12 September 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. While not quite the original manic Woody Woodpecker, he is far less toned down or subdued than he tended to be from mid-50s onwards, is always fun and never obnoxious, one roots for him too. The characters forming the quiz and commercials are fun to watch and fuel Woody's frustration and temper really well.

'Ballyhooey's' story is pretty slight at best and basically an excuse to string along the gags.

It is the animation that is the weak point. Time and budget constraints shows in some of the animation, which is a little rushed looking in the drawing and detail wise it's on the simplistic and careless side like many of Woody's cartoons from this period continuing through to the 60s.

On the other hand, the music however is bouncy, energetic and very lushly orchestrated, not only synchronising and fitting with the action very well but enhancing it. The whole cartoon goes at a lively pace, especially in the second half.

The gags are very funny and different to what was seen before with Woody Woodpecker, some of the better-timed ones in a while too and perfect for showing off Woody's temperament. The commercials with all the silly remedies and what they did were good fun, but it was the finding out that Woody's answer was the wrong one that amused me most in some way. The ending was surprising.

The voice work is solid, with Grace Stafford continuing to prove why she was the best voice actor for the character and the one that understood him the most.

Summing up, a lot of fun and one of the better late-50s Woody Woodpecker cartoons to me. 8/10 Bethany Cox

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