Woody Dines Out

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Woody Dines Out
Woody Woodpecker series
Directed by Shamus Culhane
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Ben Hardaway
Milt Schaffer
Voices by Ben Hardaway
Hans Conried
Music by Darrell Calker
Animation by Don Williams
Emery Hawkins
Pat Matthews
Grim Natwick
Les Kline
Backgrounds by Phillip DeGuard
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s)
  • April 1, 1945 (1945-04-01)
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 41"
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Chew-Chew Baby
Followed by The Dippy Diplomat

Woody Dines Out is the 14th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on April 1, 1945, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the final wartime Woody Woodpecker short released a month before V-E Day and 4 months before V-J Day.


Woody walks about town and realizes that all of the restaurants are closed. He finds one store with a sign in its window that reads: "We stuff birds." He assumes that it is a restaurant when it is actually a taxidermist's shop. He approaches the counter to place his order. From his coat pocket, the taxidermist, an anthropomorphic cat (voice by Hans Conried), removes an ad from the Museum of Natural History announcing a $100,000 reward for a stuffed king-size woodpecker. He secretly places knock-out drops in the food he prepares for Woody. The food puts Woody to sleep, but he recovers on the cutting table. He escapes the taxidermist by climbing onto an elevator; the taxidermist falls down the elevator shaft to the basement, where he abandons his $100 grand ambition.

Cultural references[edit]

  • Frédéric Chopin's "Funeral March" can be heard in the background score as the taxidermist places the knock-out drops into Woody's food.
  • The taxidermist refers to Woody's soup as "blackout borscht." At the time of Woody Dines Out's release, blackouts were common among coastal regions of the United States. Borscht is a Russian dish, and the Soviet Union was a member of the Allied Powers at the time.
  • As Woody pilots the elevator to faster and faster speeds, the speedometer reads: Is this trip really necessary? This is a reference to the army rationing of gasoline and rubber for the war effort.
  • The background for the title card is two plates of food, which ties into the cartoon name.

See also[edit]


  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1945". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.