Bedtime Bedlam

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Bedtime Bedlam
Woody Woodpecker series
Directed by Paul J. Smith
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Michael Maltese
Voices by Grace Stafford
Stan Freberg
June Foray
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) July 4, 1955
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 06"
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Private Eye Pooch
Followed by Square Shootin' Square

Bedtime Bedlam is the 62nd animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on July 4, 1955, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.


Woody Woodpecker operates a babysitting service when he receives a call for a babysitting job. Woody is shown the baby's crib and, after the parents leave the house, rushes to the refrigerator, makes some sandwiches, opens a few bottles of Coke, and settles down to enjoy the evening TV show in solid comfort. Just as he is completely relaxed and enjoying himself, he hears the baby cry. He opens his Baby-Sitters' Manual and ascertains that when the baby cries, you give him a bottle. He prepares the bottle, takes it to the crib, and, to his consternation, discovers that he is babysitting baby gorilla.

About to rush out of the house, he suddenly remembers the $50 fee, so he decides to stick it out. Following directions in the Baby-Sitters' Manual, he does everything in his power to get the baby gorilla asleep. The baby defies every rule, but Woody finally gets the baby asleep and settles down to await the arrival of his parents. But on Television he sees the Moneybelts go on an airplane so Woody takes a gun shoots it at the Television screen The airplane gets shot down. Then, Woody wakes up the baby gorilla the baby Gorilla starts crying. Then Woody laughs and dances.


  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1955". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.