The Woody Woodpecker Show

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 93

    Room And Bored

    Aired 3/1/62

  • S 2 : Ep 92

    Foot Brawl

    Aired 1/1/66

  • S 2 : Ep 91

    Chilly Chums

    Aired 6/10/67

  • S 2 : Ep 90

    Tragic Magic

    Aired 7/1/62

  • S 2 : Ep 89

    Busman's Holiday

    Aired 8/1/61

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mel Blanc

    Woody Woodpecker (1940-1941)

  • Hans Conried

    Wally Walrus (1944-1948)

  • June Foray

    Knothead/Splinter/Winnie Woodpecker (1954)

  • Paul Frees

    Wally Walrus (1953-1961)/Charlie Beary/Charles Beary Jr./Doc

  • Daws Butler

    Chilly Willy/Smedley/Gabby Gator/Windy/Sam/Rover the Talking Dog/Ali Gator

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  • show Description
  • Woody Woodpecker was a brash, high-strung woodpecker whose trademark was his staccato laugh, "ha-ha-ha-HA-ha". The character first appeared in the 1940 Andy Panda short, Knock Knock, voiced by Mel Blanc. When Blanc signed an exclusive contract with Warner Brothers, he was replaced by the man who originally designed Woody, Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, a former Schlesinger Studios animation director who had helped develop Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny. Woody received a permanent voice in 1952, when Lantz's wife, actress Grace Stafford, anonymously auditioned for and was awarded the job. The theatrical cartoon business was losing money in the 1950's. By 1956 there were only seven animation producers in the short-subjects business, and by the end of the decade that number would dwindle down to three. Movie theater owners were finding that they could release features with reissued cartoons, or no cartoons at all, and the audiences would still come. Walter Lantz and his distributor, Universal Pictures, knew that the only way to subsidize the rising costs of new shorts was to release their product to television. Norman Gluck from Universal's short-subjects department made a deal with the Leo Burnett Agency to release some older Lantz product on television. Burnett handled the Kellogg's cereal account, and Lantz soon met with the Kellogg's people to sign the contract. Lantz complied his best films into a half-hour TV show which he hosted himself. Additional live action & animation segments were created, such as "Woody's Newsreel" and "Around The World with Woody". 30-minute animated escapades of the world-famous woodpecker and other Walter Lantz character, including Andy Panda and Chilly Willy. Host-producer Lantz intergrated new footage with his theatrical cartoons and appeared with informative looks at the animation process. The Woody Woodpecker Show originally ran on the ABC-TV network from October 3, 1957 through September 25, 1958. Sponsored by Kellogg's, each episode featured three theatrical cartoons, with new animated Woody wraparounds and live action hosting chores handled by Lantz himself. The live-action segments were directed by Jack Hannah. Hannah was fresh from the Disney Studio where he had done similar live-action/animation sequences for the Disney show. Woody also appeared in animated commercials for Kellogg's. The series was seen once a week, on Thursday afternoons, replacing the first half hour of the shortened Mickey Mouse Club. After the initial year on ABC, The Woody Woodpecker Show was syndicated until 1966. In 1970, it reappeared on network television, with 26 additional episodes assembled by Lantz for NBC-TV. The 1976 show featured cartoons (and additional cartoons) from the early days to the later days, all products of full animation that created the appearance of natural movement. Other characters featured were Buzz Buzzard, Gabby Gator, Space Mouse, Homer Pigeon, Charlie Beary, Charles Beary Jr., Sugarfoot, Cuddles, Smedley, and Knothead and Splinter. Voices were Grace Stafford(Mrs. Walter Lantz) as Woody, and Daws Butler, Walter Tetley, Dal McKennon, June Foray, and Paul Frees.moreless

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  • Quotes (2)

    • Woody's original theme: Everybody thinks I'm crazy! Yessiree, that's me, that's me! I chop a hole in ev'ry tree! That's what I'm cracked up to be-- Knock on wood...a-when I knock on woo-ood! So I'm crazy! So what-what can I do? So are you!

    • The Chilly Willy Song: I´m Chilly Willy the penguin I shake until I´m blue My head is hot and my feet are cold Ha Hee Hachoo Now what about the crocodiles along the river Nile I´ll bet they´re all as warm as toast They always seem to smile I´m always Chilly Willy I´m frozen through and through My nose is red and my tale is told Ha Hee Hachoo.

    Notes (128)

    • This episode was added in the durring the 1976 broadcast of new episodes and old episodes.

    • Unfortunately, this short "Knock Knock" shown in this print is missing the original ending sequence where a pair of fellow woodpeckers, dressed in white coats and hats appear to haul the wacky bird away. These fellows turn out to be just as crazy, and the film ends with all the birds resuming their mayhem. That this sequence was not restored is more than a bit disappointing. Historically, it's highly relevant, in that this story was written by Ben Hardaway, whom had penned a similar ending for the first color film featuring the Warner Brothers character Daffy Duck, ("Daffy Duck and Egghead") which was released in 1938.

    • The Pied Piper of Basin Street is a Swing Symphony Cartune.

    • The cartoon "knock Knock" is the first appearance of Woody Woodpecker.

    • Trombone great Jack Teagarden provides the horn solo.

    • The cartoon "Life Begins For Andy Panda" marks the first appearance of Andy Panda and Poppa Panda.

    • This episode was added in the durring the 1976 broadcast.

    • Model sheets for the cartoon "Who's Cookin' Who?" called the wolf, "Wolfie Wolf".

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    Trivia (4)

    • In the cartoon "Smoked Hams" when Woody's clock dumps water on him to wake him up Woody chokes, then spits the water out. As Woody spits the water out his pillow disappears for five seconds and reappears as Woody is yawning.

    • In "Belle Boys" as Buzz Buzzard steps in the elevator for Woody to give him a ride up, Woody is seen without his Bell boy uniform.

    • In the cartoon "What's Sweepin' at the beginning of the cartoon when Woody wears his street sweeper's uniform his vest is not colored white as usual but instead it's colored blue like his body. Woody's vest is also not colored white but instead blue at the end of the cartoon when Woody is seen sweepin' in his street sweeper's uniform.

    • In the cartoon "Termites From Mars" in the scene when the Moon notices the Termites frrom Mars are comming and moves out of the way, the Moon was not seen for a few seconds after it started moving and them reappeared in the shot.

  • Fan Reviews (7)
  • The laugh :D

    By anastasia1243, Feb 08, 2014

  • Woody the incredibly annoying woodpecker...

    By dogfood_uk, Nov 11, 2012

  • Hilarious, often times mean-spirited show.

    By peterocha, Dec 20, 2006

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    By gdwwe, Jan 14, 2006

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