The Beach Nut
|The Beach Nut|
|Woody Woodpecker series|
|Directed by||James Culhane|
|Produced by||Walter Lantz|
|Story by||Ben Hardaway
|Voices by||Jack Mather
|Music by||Darrell Calker|
|Animation by||Les Kline
Emery Hawkins (uncr.)
Don Williams (uncr.)
LaVerne Harding (uncr.)
Paul Smith (uncr.)
|Layouts by||Art Heinemann|
|Backgrounds by||Philip DeGuard|
|Studio||Walter Lantz Productions|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||6' 50"|
|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".
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.
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.)
- 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.
- 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, Busman's Holliday, Ski for Two, Woody's Clip Joint, Bye Bye Blackboard, Tepee for Two, The Coo Coo Bird and Chili Con Corny.
- Wally Walrus's first appearance.
- Woody's eyes turned blue.
- Color Woody's neck has changed from blue to red.
- Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1944". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.