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Little Skeeter (1969)

Woody Woodpecker is pestered by a mosquito, and the idiotic exterminator he hires does not improve things.

Director:

Paul J. Smith

Writer:

Homer Brightman (story)
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Credited cast:
Daws Butler ... Happy Harry (voice)
Grace Stafford ... Woody Woodpecker (voice)
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Woody is sitting in his home, reading the fairy tale of Snow White to himself, when a mosquito starts pestering him. He attempts to kill it and drive it out of the house, but all attempts fail. Fed up, Woody calls an exterminator named Happy Harry, who enacts numerous ludicrous schemes to do away with the mosquito which only end up damaging Woody's house. Will Woody find a way to do away with the mosquito and sack the exterminator before his house is destroyed? Tune in to find out... Written by Nathan Redmond

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Genres:

Animation | Short

Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 March 1969 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color (Technicolor)
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References The Road Runner Show (1966) See more »

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Mosquito exterminating with Woody
22 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. Not all Smith's efforts are average or less, 'Niagara Fools' is one of the not many very good and more Woody Woodpecker cartoons of his (excellent in that cartoon's case despite the lacking animation).

'Little Skeeter' is another one of the weaker late 60s Woody Woodpecker cartoons, with a few exceptions such as 'Skin Folks' and especially 'Three Little Woodpeckers' Woody was well past his best at this best and 'Little Skeeter' does nothing to change my mind.

If there was a best asset, it would have to be the music score. It is bouncy, energetic and very lushly orchestrated, not only synchronising and fitting with the action very well but enhancing it.

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. Not far behind is the character of the mosquito, an annoying pest but considering the concept and that mosquitoes are bothersome in real life it works perfectly.

However, Woody compared to his original manic personality is just too subdued and his material is too obvious and safe, one misses the manic energy and the risk taking. The idiotic exterminator character Happy Harry is more irritating than even remotely amusing.

Generally, the timing could have been sharper and the humour is primarily let down by that it is derivative of better and fresher humour in other Woody Woodpecker cartoons and also the lack of wit and consistent energy. The laughs are not enough and they are not particularly funny either. Plus the story is very over-familiar, very few surprises here with too much repetition, and the cartoon could have done with more variety.

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, weak. 3/10 Bethany Cox


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