Jittery Jester

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Jittery Jester
Woody Woodpecker series
Directed by Paul J. Smith
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Grace Stafford
Dal McKennon
Music by Clarence Wheeler
Animation by Robert Bentley
Herman Cohen
Laverne Harding
Gil Turner
Art Landy
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal International
Release date(s) November 3, 1958 (U.S.)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 19"
Language English
Preceded by Tree’s a Crowd
Followed by Tomcat Combat

Jittery Jester is the 88th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on November 3, 1958, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.


A king, seated on the throne, says to official court jester Dapper Denver Dooley, "Make me laugh, jester." The jester does his best to comply, but his gags are old and stale, and they evoke no response from the king. The king goes to the window and sees Woody Woodpecker busy in a tree. Woody's antics so please the king that he laughs long and loud, and he orders the jester to bring Woody to him. The jester, now on a horse, orders the drawbridge openes, and he starts out of the castle. A knight boat whistles for clearance, and the drawbridge quickly raises. Jester and horse run smack into it. The jester again tries and finally gets near the tree where Woody's located. The jester, knowing that his job's at stake, has no desire to take Woody to the king, and he uses all kinds of tricks and devices to try to eliminate the competition. Woody outwits the jester, and we finally see Woody, in the jester's costume, before the king, with the jester tied to a stool. The king says to Woody, "Make me laugh, jester." Woody throws a soft, mushy pie into the ex-jester's face. As we fade out, the king's really having a big laugh for himself.


  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1958". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.