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Secret Agent Woody Woodpecker (1967)

Secret agent Woody Woodpecker is on the hunt for master criminal Louie the Litterbug.

Director:

Paul J. Smith

Writer:

Cal Howard (story)
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Daws Butler ... Narrator / Louie the Litterbug / Chief / Radio Announcer / Police (voice)
Grace Stafford ... Woody Woodpecker (voice)
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Secret agent Woody Woodpecker is on the hunt for master criminal Louie the Litterbug.

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 May 1967 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Pica-Pau, O Agente Secreto See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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The name's Woody, Woody Woodpecker
21 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 (almost all of them being in his prime era of the 1940s through to the mid-50s) and more and also still like him a lot as a character. For a 60s Woody Woodpecker cartoon, especially from the late 60s and directed with Paul J. Smith, 'Secret Agent Woody Woodpecker' turned out to be better than expected. There are far better Woody Woodpecker cartoons certainly, but to have a halfway decent mid-late-60s Smith-directed Woody Woodpecker cartoon was really refreshing seeing as many at this point were less than average and mostly actually very weak.

It's not a perfect cartoon by all means. The animation is not great at all, or even good. 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.

Gags-wise, mostly they are funnier and better timed than most of the cartoons from this period but there is a lack of variety and a few are not as well-timed. The story, despite exploring the spy concept quite well and entertainingly (although it is a very familiar concept), is very thin and contains few surprises.

However, Woody is portrayed with a lot of energy and charisma and he is not as toned down as he tended to be from the late 50s onward. With this being said, he has had much more manic energy, especially in his glory days when there was far more risk-taking, and his material is still a bit too safe. The supporting characters are never mind-blowing but are fun.

'Secret Agent Woody Woodpecker' for a late 60s Smith-directed cartoon actually has some amusing if never hilarious moments and the havoc is entertaining to watch. The pace is surprisingly lively.

Further standouts are the music and the voice acting. The music is bouncy, energetic and very lushly orchestrated, not only synchronising and fitting with the action very well but enhancing it. The voice acting is typically solid, not just from Grace Stafford but especially from Daws Butler in multiple roles.

In conclusion, not great by any stretch but decent for a late Paul J. Smith-directed Woody Woodpecker cartoon. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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