Woody Dines Out
|Woody Dines Out|
|Woody Woodpecker series|
|Directed by||Shamus Culhane|
|Produced by||Walter Lantz|
|Story by||Ben Hardaway
|Voices by||Ben Hardaway
|Music by||Darrell Calker|
|Animation by||Don Williams
|Backgrounds by||Phillip DeGuard|
|Studio||Walter Lantz Productions|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|Running time||6' 41"|
|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.
- 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.
- Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1945". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.
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