Woody Woodpecker (1941 film)

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Woody Woodpecker
Woody Woodpecker series
Directed by Walter Lantz
Produced by Walter Lantz
Story by Ben Hardaway
Jack Cosgriff
Voices by Mel Blanc
Sara Berner
Bernice Hansen
Margaret Hill-Talbot
Danny Webb (all unc.)
Music by Darrell Calker
Animation by Walter Lantz
Studio Walter Lantz Productions
Distributed by Universal Pictures
Release date(s) July 7, 1941
Color process Technicolor
Running time 6' 55"
Country United States
Language English
Preceded by Knock Knock
Followed by The Screwdriver

Woody Woodpecker is the first animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on July 7, 1941, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures.[1]

This is the second appearance of Woody Woodpecker; his debut was in an Andy Panda cartoon, "Knock Knock".

The working title of this cartoon is 'Cracked Nut'.


The inhabitants of the forest that Woody Woodpecker (Mel Blanc) lives in have started spreading the word that Woody is crazy, due to all of his screwball antics. After telling him (and many others) this several times, Woody also begins to question his sanity. Woody Woodpecker spends his day singing loudly and pecking holes in trees. He infuriates the other woodland creatures - when he isn't baffling them with his bizarre behavior. Woody overhears a squirrel and a group of birds gossiping about him. Even though he just sang a song proclaiming his craziness, he denies their whispered accusations that he's nuts. But after they trick him into knocking his head on a statue, the poor bird hears voices in his head and decides the animals might be right. He decides to see a doctor. But leave it to Woody to choose Dr. Horace N. Buggy, a Scottish-brogue-burring fox, who is, if it's impossible, even madder than he is.


  1. ^ Maltin, Leonard (1987). Of Mice and Magic (revised edition). p. 398. ISBN 0-452-25993-2. 
  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1941". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia.[unreliable source?]