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Woody Woodpecker the delightful animated cartoon character who
appeared in short films produced by the Walter Lantz
studio and distributed by Universal Studios.


Woody Woodpecker first appeared in an Andy Panda cartoon called
Knock, Knock (November 25, 1940). Woody continued
to appear in short films throughout the 40ís and 50ís,
and in 1957, the Kellogg's company packaged these
works into the syndicated package The Woody Woodpecker Show.



Created by Walter Lantz and his artists in an attempt
to provide an adversary for Andy Panda. Woody was drawn
with a blue back, red front, yellow beak and feet,
and purple/green eyes.


Folks enjoyed watching the outlandish Woody which gave rise
to his own cartoons, the first being Woody Woodpecker
(released on July 7, 1941).



Woody Woodpecker was, if nothing else a most colorful
character. Woody always got in trouble either through his
actions or words. And some of his actions like fighting,
stealing, using tobacco and alcohol along with his continually
giving out verbal abuse were what gave Woody that "extra"
appeal that folks didn't seem to mind.



After a three year run from 1957-60, The Woody Woodpecker
Show was not seen on network television again until the
fall of 1970

Lantz released his last Woody Woodpecker cartoons in 1972.


The Woody Woodpecker Song, the theme for the cartoons, is the
only song from an animated cartoon to be nominated for an Academy
Award (It lost to Buttons and Bows, 1948).





The Woody Woodpecker Show

Sarah Berner .... Andy Panda
Mel Blanc .... Woody Woodpecker (voice)
Daws Butler .... Chilly Willy/Gabby Gator/Windy
Hans Conried .... Wally Walrus
Johnny Coons .... Space Mouse
June Foray .... Splinter/Knothead (voice)
Paul Frees .... The Beary Family/Doc/Paw/Wally Walrus (voice)
Bernice Hansen .... Andy Panda
Ben Hardaway .... Woody Woodpecker
Walter Lantz .... Host
Dal McKennon .... Buzz Buzzard/Dickory/Hickory/Inspector
Willoughby
Grace Stafford .... Woody Woodpecker/The Beary Family/Maw
(voice)
Walter Tetley .... Andy Panda (voice)
Bill Thompson .... Inspector Willoughby (voice)



Woody Woodpecker on TV and in Film

Woody Woodpecker (1941)
Woody Woodpecker Polka (1951)
"The Woody Woodpecker Show" (1957)
Secret Agent Woody Woodpecker (1967)
Woody Woodpecker and His Friends (1982)
"The New Woody Woodpecker Show" (1999)
Woody Woodpecker Racing (2000)
Woody Woodpecker: Escape From Buzz Buzzard Park (2001)
Woody Woodpecker in Crazy Castle 5 (2002)


Woody Woodpecker Songs


Woody Woodpecker
Kay Kyser
1948
- words and music by George Tibbles and Ramey Idries
- introduced in the cartoon film "Wet Blanket Policy" and
nominated for an Academy Award
- lyrics as recorded by The Kay Kyser Orchestra

Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
Oh, that's the Woody Woodpecker song
Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
Yeah, he's a-peckin' it all day long

He pecks a few holes in a tree to see
If a redwood's really red
And it's nothing to him, on the tiniest whim
To peck a few holes in your head

Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
Oh, that's the Woody Woodpecker's tune
Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
Makes the other woodpeckers swoon

Though it doesn't make sense to the dull and the dense
And the lady woodpeckers long for
Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
That's the Woody Woodpecker song

------ instrumental interlude ------

Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
Woody Woodpecker's serenade
Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
On the woodpecker hit parade

Though he can't sing a note, there's a frog in his throat
All his top notes come out blurred
He's the ladies' first choice, with a laugh in his voice
He gives all his rivals the bird

Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
He'll be settlin' down some day
Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
He'll be hearin' the preacher say

For the rest of your life you'll be Woody and wife
And the choir will sing along with
Ho-ho-ho ho ho! Ho-ho-ho ho ho!
The Woody Woodpecker song



The Woody Woodpecker Song

In 1947, Woody got his own theme song when musicians George
Tibbles and Ramey Idriess wrote The Woody Woodpecker Song


Ho ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho ho
That's the Woody Woodpecker song

Ho ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho ho
He's pecking it all day long

He pecks a few holes in a tree to see
If a redwood's really red
And it's nothing to him, on the tiniest whim
To peck a few holes in your head

Ho ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho ho
That's the Woody Woodpecker tune

Ho ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho ho
Makes the other woodpeckers swoon
Though it doesn't make sense to the dull and the dense
Why all the lady woodpeckers long

For ho ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho ho
That's the Woody Woodpecker song

He he he he he
Ho ho ho ho ho
That's the Woody Woodpecker song

Hoo hoo hoo hoo hoo
I love you too
He's pecking it all day long
He pecks a few holes in a tree to see
If a redwood's really red
And it's nothing to him, on the tiniest whim
To peck holes in your head

He he he he ho
Hoo hoo hoo he ho
That's the Woody Woodpecker tune

Ho ho ho ho ho
He he he he he
Makes the other woodpeckers swoon
Though it doesn't make sense to the dull and the dense
Why all the lady woodpeckers long

For ho ho ho ho ho
Ho ho ho ho ho
That's the Woody wood,
That's the Woody Woodpecker song


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