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Prehistoric Super Salesman (1969)

Knick-knack salesman Woody Woodpecker is sent back in time to the Stone Age by a mad scientist and his time tunnel.

Director:

Paul J. Smith

Writer:

Homer Brightman (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Daws Butler ... Prof. Grossenfibber / Caveman / Man in Suit (voice)
Grace Stafford ... Woody Woodpecker (voice)
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Storyline

A mad scientist, named Prof. Grossenfibber, has invented a time tunnel. Woody Woodpecker, a knick-knack salesman, initially pesters the scientist, who kicks him out. But when the Prof. needs a test subject, he quickly invites Woody back, and promptly sends him to the stone age with the machine. While there, Woody manages to peddle some of his objects to a dinosaur and a caveman, but will he ever get back? Written by Nathan Redmond

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Certificate:

G
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

1 September 1969 (USA) See more »

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Production Co:

Walter Lantz Productions See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Technicolor)
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References The Time Tunnel (1966) See more »

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Woody Woodpecker in the Stone Age
23 October 2017 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee 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 (almost all of them being in his prime era of the 1940s through to the mid-50s) and more and also still like him a lot as a character. For a 60s Woody Woodpecker cartoon, especially from the late 60s and directed with Paul J. Smith, 'Prehistoric Super Salesman' turned out to be better than expected. There are far better Woody Woodpecker cartoons certainly, but to have a halfway decent mid-late-60s Smith-directed Woody Woodpecker cartoon was really refreshing seeing as many at this point were less than average and mostly actually very weak.

It's not a perfect cartoon by all means. The animation is not great at all, or even good. Time and budget constraints shows in a lot of the animation, which is very rushed looking in the drawing and detail wise it's on the simplistic and careless side like many of Woody's cartoons from this period continuing through to the 60s.

Gags-wise, mostly they are funnier and better timed than most of the cartoons from this period but there is a lack of variety and a few are not as well-timed. The story is very thin and although with a few more surprising touches than most cartoons from this era it's sometimes derivative and repetitive. The professor character was not particularly funny or interesting.

However, Woody is portrayed with a lot of energy and charisma and he is not as toned down as he tended to be from the late 50s onward. With this being said, he has had much more manic energy, especially in his glory days when there was far more risk-taking, and his material is still a bit too safe.

Of the supporting characters, the Caveman comes off best. He is quite amusing and endearing, not being too stupid or goofy.

'Prehistoric Super Salesman' makes good age of the prehistoric setting, for a late 60s Smith-directed cartoon actually has some very amusing moments. The pace is surprisingly lively and has more of the frenetic energy one expects from Woody Woodpecker that was generally missing in this particular period.

Further standouts are the music and the voice acting. The music is bouncy, energetic and very lushly orchestrated, not only synchronising and fitting with the action very well but enhancing it. The voice acting is typically solid from particularly Daws Butler.

In conclusion, decent but not great, better than most Woody Woodpecker cartoons than this late period. 6/10 Bethany Cox


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