|Woody Woodpecker's character|
|First appearance||Wet Blanket Policy|
(August 27, 1948)
|Created by||Walter Lantz|
|Designed by||Walter Lantz Productions|
Buzz is an anthropomorphic common buzzard and scammer making efforts to scam Woody Woodpecker with so many ways to eliminate Woody of money or food. In other appearances, Buzz has been a cowboy, a carnival barker, and a soda jerk yet he still remained a royal pain to Woody. For most of Woody's career, Buzz was the primary foil for Woody, bearing roughly the same relationship to that character as Yosemite Sam had to Bugs Bunny in Warner Brothers' Looney Tunes animated shorts, and Bluto to Popeye in the Fleischer and Famous Studios Popeye shorts, both from the same era.
Buzz's first appearance was opposite Woody in 1948's Wet Blanket Policy, the first and only animated short subject to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song, at which time he was more or less replacing Wally Walrus as Woody Woodpecker's primary foil. Character actor Lionel Stander provided his voice in the 1940s with Dallas McKennon taking over the role in the 1950s. Buzz would continue to appear in Woody Woodpecker shorts until the mid 1950s, and was eventually replaced as the woodpecker's rival himself by Dapper Denver Dooley (also voiced by McKennon) and later Gabby Gator. Bunco Busters would be Buzz Buzzard's final appearance in a Woody theatrical cartoon until Tumble Weed Greed in 1969, though Buzz continued to make appearances in Lantz comic books and on other licensed merchandise. During the 14 year theatrical hiatus, Buzz made an appearance in the 1964 television special, Spook-a-Nanny. However, in Spook-a-Nanny he was voiced by Daws Butler.
The character's appearance changed dramatically throughout the years with a vest and five o’clock shadow that disappears, different feather colors, and head feathers that disappeared entirely and reappeared sporadically.
Buzz Buzzard appearances
- Wet Blanket Policy (August 27, 1948)
- Wild and Woody! (December 31, 1948)
- Drooler's Delight (March 25, 1949)
- Puny Express (January 22, 1951)
- Slingshot 6 7/8 (July 23, 1951)
- Destination Meatball (December 24, 1951)
- Stage Hoax (April 21, 1952)
- Scalp Treatment (September 18, 1952)
- The Great Who-Dood-It (October 20, 1952)
- Buccaneer Woodpecker (April 20, 1953)
- Operation Sawdust (June 15, 1953)
- Belle Boys (September 14, 1953)
- Hypnotic Hick (September 26, 1953)
- Hot Noon (or 12 O'Clock For Sure) (October 12, 1953)
- Socko in Morocco (January 18, 1954)
- Alley to Bali (March 15, 1954)
- Hot Rod Huckster (July 5, 1954)
- Real Gone Woody (September 20, 1954)
- Bunco Busters (November 21, 1955)
- Tumble Weed Greed (June 1, 1969)
- Ship A'hoy Woody (August 1, 1969)
- Flim Flam Fountain (January 5, 1971)
- Indian Corn (January 1, 1972)
- Show Biz Beagle (June 1, 1972)
- The Genie with the Light Touch (August 1, 1972)
- Buzz was referenced in the hit 1987 movie La Bamba, starring Esai Morales as Bob Valenzuela.
- Buzz was going to have a cameo in Who Framed Roger Rabbit, but was later dropped for unknown reasons.
- Buzz would reappear as a regular character on The New Woody Woodpecker Show voiced by Mark Hamill.
- Buzz appears in the 2018 Woody Woodpecker webseries voiced by Kevin Michael Richardson. He has a love interest named Veronica.
- A few video games from Woody Woodpecker also featured Buzz Buzzard:
- Lehman, Christopher P. (January 10, 2014). American animated cartoons of the Vietnam era: a study of social commentary ... - Christopher P. Lehman - Google Books. ISBN 9780786451425. Retrieved March 4, 2012.
- "Wet Blanket Policy". IMDb. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- "Buzz Buzzard". Comic Vine. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
- "Universal is Producing New Woody Woodpecker Shorts for Youtube". November 23, 2018.
- Lafferty, Michael (June 11, 2002). "Woody Woodpecker: Escape from Buzz Buzzard Park for PS2 at GameZone.com". GameZone. Archived from the original on May 14, 2008. Retrieved June 26, 2008.