The Beach Nut

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The Beach Nut
Woody Woodpecker series
Beachnut TITLE.jpg
Directed by James Culhane
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Ben Hardaway
Milt Schaffer
Voices by Jack Mather
Ben Hardaway
Music by Darrell Calker
Animation by Les Kline
Dick Lundy
Emery Hawkins
Don Williams
LaVerne Harding
Paul Smith
Layouts by Art Heinemann
Backgrounds by Philip DeGuard
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) October 16, 1944
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 50"
Language English
Preceded by The Barber of Seville
Followed by Ski for Two

The Beach Nut is the 11th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on October 16, 1944, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. The title is a play on "beech nut".

Plot[edit]

The film opens in medias res with vacationer Wally Walrus beating Woody Woodpecker into submission on a beach boardwalk. Wally explains to the gathered crowd what happened earlier to provoke his anger:

Wally decides to go to the beach to relax, but is constantly disturbed by surfer Woody. Returning to the present, Wally ties Woody to an anchor and hurls him into the ocean. The rope snags on the pier, demolishing first the pier and then the entire marina. The cartoon ends with Woody swimming away toward the horizon, pursued by Wally, and both of them pursued by the other beachgoers.

Wally Walrus tells the crowd his tale of woe dealing with Woody Woodpecker.

Wally Walrus[edit]

The Beach Nut marked the debut of Woody Woodpecker's first steady foil, Wally Walrus. Voiced by actor Jack Mather, Wally became Woody's primary arch enemy until 1948, before being more or less replaced with Buzz Buzzard in Wet Blanket Policy. Wally would become the most steady foil for Woody as Woody would lose more battles to Wally than any other of Woody's enemies. (As for Buzz Buzzard, Woody's most primary foil, Woody would almost always win against him.)

Cultural references[edit]

  • While surfing (also when he arrives at the beach and inadvertently tramples Wally, who slept buried in the sand), Woody sings "My Bonnie Lies over the Ocean", albeit somewhat off-key.

Notes[edit]

This is one of the Woody Woodpecker shorts where Woody loses in the end. He also loses in Rough Riding Hood, The Tenant's Racket, Solid Ivory, Real Gone Woody, Ski for Two, Woody's Clip Joint, Bye Bye Blackboard, The Coo Coo Bird and Chili Con Corny

References[edit]

  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1944". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.