|Woody Woodpecker series|
|Directed by||Paul J. Smith|
|Produced by||Walter Lantz|
|Story by||Milt Schaffer
|Voices by||Grace Stafford
|Music by||Clarence Wheeler|
|Animation by||Robert Bentley
|Studio||Walter Lantz Productions|
|Distributed by||Universal International|
|Release date(s)||October 22, 1956 (U.S.)|
|Running time||6' 09"|
|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.
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. The crew tries to trap Woody by mailing him to the North Pole, but they succeed in sending their superior to the North Pole. He travels 10,000 miles (all the while, Woody is humming the Blue Danube waltz, and Ranger alternately saying "Mush!") back to Niagara Falls. Finally, after another fight with Woody over being in a barrel, with the inevitable result, Woody joins the ranger, dressed up as a police officer, and gives him a ticket for going down the falls in barrel.
- 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.
- In 2008, a mobile game based on animated short film of same name titled Woody Woodpecker In Waterfools, when Woody Woodpecker was playable a fall barrels.
- Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1956". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.
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