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Chief Charlie Horse (1956)

Approved | | Animation, Short, Comedy | 7 May 1956 (USA)
Woody Woodpecker is working as a woodcarver, a very apt occupation for a woodpecker, and is carving a wooden when the outlaw, Chief Charley Horse, being pursued by the sheriff, ducks into ... See full summary »



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Woody Woodpecker (voice)


Woody Woodpecker is working as a woodcarver, a very apt occupation for a woodpecker, and is carving a wooden when the outlaw, Chief Charley Horse, being pursued by the sheriff, ducks into Woody's shop. The sheriff also arrives and there is much confusion on the premises before Woody gets the reward for capturing the chief. Written by Les Adams <longhorn1939@suddenlink.net>

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7 May 1956 (USA)  »

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Søren Spætte og indianerhøvdingen  »

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The title refers to a Charley horse, a popular North American colloquial term for painful spasms or cramps in the leg muscles, typically lasting anywhere from a few seconds to a few hours. See more »

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Woody Woodpecker versus Chief Charlie Horse
18 August 2017 | by See all my reviews

Was very fond of Woody Woodpecker and his cartoons as a child. Still get much enjoyment out of them now as a young adult, even if there are more interesting in personality cartoon characters and better overall cartoons.

That is in no way knocking Woody, because many of his cartoons are a lot of fun to watch and more and also still like him a lot as a character. Still like him but 'Chief Charlie Horse' is not one of his best. He does boast the odd amusing moment here but he has been characterised better in cartoons worthier of him. There are some decent or more Paul J. Smith-directed Woody Woodpecker cartoons, but also some average at best ones. 'Chief Charlie Horse' is one of the latter cases.

Some good things here. The best thing about it is the music. It's characterful, lushly orchestrated and is not only dynamic with the action it even enhances it. Grace Stafford does a great job with the voice work and deserving of more credit than she does.

Also some nice vibrant colours here and there and there are moments that raise a smile. Chief Charlie Horse is a colourful and amusing character.

'Chief Charlie Horse' however has issues. Woody personality-wise seems very toned down here, his manic or intentional pest sides not coming through much. That the cartoon feels tired in timing also doesn't help, Woody's personality really shines when the pacing is snappy and wild, neither is the case here.

Humour-wise, 'Chief Charlie Horse' has moments, but that doesn't feel enough. The dull timing hurts it as well as that the conflict never properly gels, while the gags themselves are not very well timed and just feel uninspired and over-familiar.

When it comes to the animation, detail-wise it's very simplistic and the drawing is scrappy and careless. Finesse is definitely not a strong suit. The setting was an intriguing one but generally speaking too much of the action was typical Woody Woodpecker territory with a few differences.

Overall, average fare. 5/10 Bethany Cox

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