Niagara Fools

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Niagara Fools
Woody Woodpecker series
Niagara-title.jpg
Directed by Paul J. Smith
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Milt Schaffer
Dick Kinney
Voices by Grace Stafford
Bob Johnson
Music by Clarence Wheeler
Animation by Robert Bentley
Les Kline
Raymond Jacobs
Art Landy
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal International
Release date(s) October 22, 1956 (U.S.)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 09"
Language English
Preceded by Calling All Cuckoos
Followed by Arts and Flowers

Niagara Fools is the 71st animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on October 22, 1956, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.

Plot[edit]

The park ranger at Niagara Falls boasts about his impeccable record of enforcing the prohibition related to going over the falls in a barrel. Woody is in the crowd and instantly decides to attempt it. The ranger tries endlessly to prevent Woody from succeeding, but ends up in a barrel going over the falls himself each and every time, much to the delight of onlooking tourists, who cheer loudly. Eventually, the ranger takes his district with him. The end result has the entire crew going over the falls in barrels. Finally, Woody joins the ranger, dressed up as a police officer, and gives him a ticket for going down the falls in barrel.

Woody plays policeman in Niagara Fools

Reception[edit]

Niagara Fools became a massive hit in Brazil thirty years after its release, in 1986 and is still popular in the country today.[citation needed]

Censorship[edit]

  • Originally, on the first airing on The Woody Woodpecker Show, the scene where the ranger was with the Eskimos and Chinese people were cut to him arriving in America.

References[edit]

  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1956". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.