The Dizzy Acrobat

Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = The Dizzy Acrobat
series = Woody Woodpecker


caption =
director = Walter Lantz
story_artist = Ben Hardaway
Milt Schaffer
animator = Emery Hawkins
voice_actor = Ben Hardaway (uncredited)
musician = Darrell Calker
producer = Walter Lantz
studio = Walter Lantz Productions
distributor = Universal Pictures
release_date = flagicon|US May 21, 1943
color_process = Technicolor
runtime = 6' 30"
movie_language = English
preceded_by = "The Screwball"
followed_by = "Ration Bored"
amg_id =
imdb_id = 0035812

"The Dizzy Acrobat" is the eighth animated cartoon short subject in the "Woody Woodpecker" series. Released theatrically on May 21, 1943, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures.

Plot

Woody Woodpecker visits a traveling circus. He attempts to sneak into the big top but a caretaker kicks him out. He says that if Woody wants to see the show, he will have to water the elephant. Woody attaches the elephant to a water spout and attempts again to enter the tent.

The caretaker chases him around the circus and into the big top. He continues to try and catch Woody but finds himself caught in several circus performance contraptions, including a trapeze, a tightrope, a perch pole, a lion's cage and a bicycle.

Academy Award

This film was nominated for an Academy Award in 1944 for Best Short Subject, Cartoons. It lost to "The Yankee Doodle Mouse", a "Tom and Jerry" film produced by Fred Quimby. It was the fifth film from Walter Lantz to be nominated in this category.

Cultural References

*Woody sings the popular children's tune "The Animal Fair" at the start of "The Dizzy Acrobat".
*A sign indicates that the circus's Rubber Man is "Gone for the duration." This is a gag referencing the United States rationing of rubber during World War II.
*While Woody is on the trapeze, a variation of Johann Strauss II's "Blue Danube Waltz" can be heard in the background score.

ee also

*List of Woody Woodpecker theatrical cartoons

References


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