The Coo Coo Bird
|The Coo Coo Bird|
|Woody Woodpecker series|
|Directed by||Dick Lundy|
|Produced by||Walter Lantz|
|Story by||Ben Hardaway
|Voices by||Ben Hardaway|
|Music by||Darrell Calker|
|Animation by||Hal Mason
|Backgrounds by||Fred Brunish|
|Studio||Walter Lantz Productions|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Release date(s)||June 9, 1947 (U.S.)|
|Running time||6' 46"|
|Preceded by||Smoked Hams|
|Followed by||Well Oiled|
The Coo Coo Bird is the 22nd animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on June 9, 1947, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures.
Woody decides to go to bed early so he can get a head start on quail season the next morning. However, circumstances conspire to keep him awake: first a bright flashing sign on a nearby building, then a loudly ticking cuckoo clock, and finally an insubordinate folding table that he tries (and fails) to use as a bed after inadvertently destroying his own. Acting like a bucking bronco, the table eventually throws him out the window and into a bush; three quails, in turn, toss him out into the open, where he literally gets mixed up with a hunter's dogs.
The Coo Coo Bird is unusual in that Woody is portrayed as somewhat short-tempered and winds up on the losing end of every confrontation. This is very similar to how characters at other studios, such as Donald Duck (at Disney) and Daffy Duck (at Warner Bros.), were portrayed in some of their cartoons.
Woody also loses in the end of others shorts such as The Beach Nut, Tepee for Two, Ski for Two, Smoked Hams, Bye Bye Blackboard, Banquet Busters, Busman's Holiday, The Screwball, Solid Ivory, Real Gone Woody, Well Oiled, What's Sweepin', Woody's Clip Joint and The Tenant's Racket.
- Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1947". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.
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