His Better Elf

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His Better Elf
Woody Woodpecker series
Directed by Paul J. Smith
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Homer Brightman
Voices by Grace Stafford
Dal McKennon
Music by Clarence Wheeler
Animation by Robert Bentley
Lester Kline
Don Patterson
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal International
Release date(s) July 14, 1958
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 01"
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Half Empty Saddles
Followed by Everglade Raid

His Better Elf is the 85th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on July 14, 1958, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.


A poor and destitute Woody Woodpecker is seated in his tumbledown hut on the edge of the city dump, almost completely surrounded by bills. "I wish I was rich," he says. As he speaks, a four-leaf clover pops up. It changes into a small, green woodpecker, who claims that he's a leprechaun named O'Toole. The leprechaun, after showing Woody a few of his tricks, tells Woody that he has come to bring him three wishes. "I wish I was rich. Give me gold," says Woody. "You'll find it at the end of the rainbow," says O'Toole. Sure enough, Woody slides into a pile of gold. He fills a bag with gold and starts to run. Woody exits through a bank door and sets off an alarm which brings the police. As Woody, handcuffed by two policemen, is being taken away, Woody says to O'Toole, "I wish I was out of this. Take me home." "That's wish number two," says O'Toole, as he grants the wish. So, Woody's back where he started from, surrounded by bills, as O'Toole tells Woody that he should work for what he gets. As O'Toole starts to go, Woody remembers that he has one more wish, so he says to O'Toole, "Go to blazes." So O'Toole, the leprechaun, returns from the place once he came- his home of brimstone and blaze. It ended with Dante, the woodpecker devil, told O'Toole "You wore out your welcome up there again".


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