Monday, May 30, 2011

057 The Dizzy Acrobat

Title: The Dizzy Acrobat
Studio: Lantz
Date: 05/31/43
Ben Hardaway : Milt Shaffer
Emery Hawkins
Darrell Calker
Series: Woody Woodpecker
Running time (of viewed version): 6:43
Commercial DVD Availability: WWv1d1 , Columbia House WWCE3

Synopsis: Woody acts the fool at the circus.

Comments: Open on a big pleasantly brown circus tent. Unless you count Woody's breakthrough in the opening. Which I apparently do not. Sideshow posters. The rubber man is gone for the duration, in a nod to the ongoing rubber shortage we keep seeing throughout these cartoons. Woody's song: "I went to the animal fair, the birds and the beasts were there, the big baboon by the light of the moon was combing his auburn hair". Woody is walking through dangers he is not cognizant of. The lion is speaking in a specific voice; not sure if it's Irish, or a specific reference, when he says "well waddaya know, just call me stubby". Could be Stubby Kaye, but I'm not familiar enough with him to say for sure (even checking for a YouTube clip like this one ). The next bit of the song: "The monkey he got drunk, and climbed the elephant's trunk, the elephant sneezed, he fell on his knees, Then what became of the monk, the monk, the monk, the monk, the monk, the monk?" Woody's acting like a dick. So's the security guy. The thing is, that guy is doing his job. Woody's just trying to get something for nothing. At least he gets shot a couple of times at the end. Woody sounds like Chip/Dale with the bucket on his head. There is only acrobatting in the last third of the cartoon.

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