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The Reckless Driver (1946)

Driving down a U.S. highway, Woody passes a billboard which reminds him that he should renew his drivers' license. He heads to the department of motor vehicles and asks Officer Wally Walrus... See full summary »

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Driving down a U.S. highway, Woody passes a billboard which reminds him that he should renew his drivers' license. He heads to the department of motor vehicles and asks Officer Wally Walrus, who takes an immediate dislike to Woody, to give him the test. He puts Woody through the eye test, the reflex test, and the fingerprint test...with Woody constantly making short work of the walrus' patience. Finally, he puts him through the driving test with the bird converting his car into a rocket zooming around the office driving Wally berserk. At this point, Woody exclaims, "Say. I've changed my mind. I want a pilot's license!" Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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26 August 1946 (USA)  »

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Motorista Desleixado  »

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1.37 : 1
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Woody Woodpecker and the driver's license
17 July 2017 | by (United Kingdom) – 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, even when more of a jerk. Do really enjoy the Woody Woodpecker and Wally Walrus cartoons on the whole, for what they lack in originality they make up with plenty of funny moments and great interplay between the two. 'The Reckless Driver' is another one of their efforts that is typical story-wise and lacks originality, and Woody is a bit of a jerk in this one (one does feel very sorry for Wally here) but it is still very enjoyable.

While there may be cartoon characters with slightly more interesting personalities, Woody is still at his best funny with a commanding presence, even though this is not him at his most likable by any stretch of the imagination. Wally is amusing and compelling, and he is easier to root for here. The two are great together, they gel so well.

As ever, the animation is great. The characters are well drawn, but even better are the rich colours, meticulously detailed backgrounds and smooth backgrounds.

Music is another strength here. It's characterful, lushly orchestrated and is not only dynamic with the action it even enhances it. The writing is amusing and chuckle-worthy enough and the gags are well-timed.

Voice acting is solid.

In conclusion, very enjoyable if unoriginal (try not to use that as a criticism as it is a lot of people's most hated words, but do feel that it applies here). 8/10 Bethany Cox


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