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Ace in the Hole (1942)

Approved | | Animation, Family, Short | 22 June 1942 (USA)
Woody Woodpecker is a stable boy who longs to fly a plane. But the bulldog sergeant on the airfield stands in his way.

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Woody Woodpecker Laughing and Singing (voice) (archive sound) (uncredited)
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Woody Woodpecker (voice) (uncredited)
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Woody Woodpecker is a stable boy. The stables are located right in an airfield, and the sound of airplanes droning around only fuels his lust to fly. "I want to fly like the birds!" declares the woodpecker. But the only thing the bulldog sergeant on the airfield feels Woody is competent for is clipping the horses with an electric clipper. And considering that Woody accidentally allows the clipper to clip off the sarge's shirt buttons and a long strip of hair off his chin, he may be giving Woody too much credit. Nevertheless, Woody spends his time reading "How to Fly a Plane from the Ground Up." And eventually, he sneaks onto a PU-2. Written by J. Spurlin

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22 June 1942 (USA)  »

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Søren Spætte som pilot  »

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(Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)

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(Technicolor)

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1.37 : 1
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At 0:32, Woody is seen reading a book aloud, yet his mouth is not moving. See more »

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Woody Woodpecker: [reading from book] Uh, when you wanna make the plane go up, you gotta push the stick backwards, and when you wanna...
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"Hot Diggity Dog!"
7 September 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I like that old ('40s) expression (see summary headline) which Woody uses frequently in this animated cartoon. He's at a military base (this is World War II, as this cartoon was made in 1942) and he's studying to be a pilot, reading "How To Fly A Plane From the Ground Up."

Unfortunately, the only assignments he gets from the stereotypical gruff sergeant are mundane, lower-echelon ones like clipping the horse with some electric shaving razor.

Through a series a slapstick occurrences, Woody, predictably, gets to fly "a real plane" and takes off in the "PU-2." The flying scenes were funny and had some very good artwork, too. So far, I thought this was the best of the early Woody Woodpecker cartoons.


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