The Coo Coo Bird

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This article is about the short film. For the folk song, see The Cuckoo (song).
The Coo Coo Bird
Woody Woodpecker series
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Directed by Dick Lundy
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Ben Hardaway
Milt Schaffer
Voices by Ben Hardaway
Music by Darrell Calker
Animation by Hal Mason
Sidney Pillet
LaVerne Harding
Grim Natwick
Les Kline
Stanley C. Onaitis
Backgrounds by Fred Brunish
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) June 9, 1947
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 46"
Country United States
Language English
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 similar to how characters at other studios, such as Donald Duck (at Disney) and Daffy Duck (at Warner Bros.), were portrayed.

Woody also does not emerge the victor in other entries such as The Beach Nut, Real Gone Woody, Tepee for Two, Ski for Two, Smoked Hams, Under the Counter Spy, Well Oiled, Bye, Bye, Blackboard and The Screwball.


  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1947". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.