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The Screwball (1943)

A gate-crashing Woody Woodpecker sneaks in to see the game and winds up pitching and batting for one of the teams.

Director:

Alex Lovy

Writers:

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

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

It's the day of the big baseball game between the Drips and the Droops and Woody Woodpecker is trying to crash the gate and get in without paying for a ticket. A policeman keeps tossing him out but Woody puts on a baseball uniform---including a baseball-cap, since baseball players do not wear hats---gets inside and soon gets involved with the game. He ends up pinned to the scoreboard by a deluge of baseballs thrown by everybody in the ballpark. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 February 1943 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Beisebol 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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[first lines]
Policeman: So, trying to get in on your nerve, eh? Well, you're going out on your ear.
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In the ballpark with Woody Wodpecker
8 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. Of the cartoons from his scene-stealing supporting appearance in the Andy Panda cartoon 'Knock Knock' to this, 'Woody Woodpecker', 'Ace in the Hole' and 'The Loan Stranger' are the best. 'The Screwball' is great fun though, with plenty of manic energy.

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. Supporting characters work with him well, if not quite as memorable.

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.

Another standout quality is the music. It's characterful, lushly orchestrated and is not only dynamic with the action it even enhances it. The writing is suitably witty and raises a number of chuckles. the gags are razor-sharp in timing and often hilarious, especially indeed the one with the soda.

Voice acting is very good as to be expected. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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