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Woody wakes up from his home in the big city and tries to get some food. After being attacked by a little old lady (for trying to steal her popcorn), he flies to the country where he ... See full summary »


Paul J. Smith


Tedd Pierce (story), Bill Danch (story)


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Complete credited cast:
Daws Butler ... (voice)
Grace Stafford ... Woody Woodpecker (voice)


Woody wakes up from his home in the big city and tries to get some food. After being attacked by a little old lady (for trying to steal her popcorn), he flies to the country where he notices a farmer and his pet crow, Jubilee, the latter of which is well fed. Woody makes a deal with the crow (they'll trade places) and Jubilee heads to the city while Woody disguises himself as the crow. When Woody's disguise comes off, the farmer isn't impressed and plans to stuff and mount the bird. Woody manages to talk his way out of it and is free to go only to be clobbered by a vengeful returning Jubilee who also had eyes on the lady's popcorn! Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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16 October 1962 (USA) See more »

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The crow and the woodpecker
13 October 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. This is going to be a reiteration of a lot of my reviews for the later Woody Woodpecker cartoons, but mainly because the later Paul J. Smith-directed cartoons have pretty much the same strengths and faults. Woody is fun and never obnoxious, if again rather subdued (but this is probably to do with that the story is one that doesn't lend itself to his original manic personality). Of his opponents, Jubilee is the most interesting and most amusing, stealing the cartoon in fact, love the chemistry between him and Woody as they make the deal. The farmer also works reasonably well but there's nothing special to his material.

'Crowin Pains' music is bouncy, energetic and very lushly orchestrated, not only synchronising and fitting with the action very well but enhancing it. There is more energy here than in most Paul J. Smith-directed Woody Woodpecker cartoons. The cartoon is amusing and there are a few nice colours.

Voice acting is solid. Grace Stafford continues to prove why she was the best voice actor for the character and the one that understood him the most.

On the other hand, 'Crowin Pains' does get very predictable and repetitious in places (a very, very loose version somewhat of 'The Prince and the Pauper'), very few surprises here, and some of the gags are hurt by the lack of variety and not being as well-timed as others.

Just as problematic is the animation quality. Time and budget constraints shows in a lot of the animation, which is very 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.

In conclusion, fun and above average for a late Paul J. Smith-directed cartoon but Woody Woodpecker was well past his glory days by now and one does get that sense here. 6/10 Bethany Cox

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