Woody Woodpecker (1941 film)
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|Woody Woodpecker series|
|Directed by||Walter Lantz|
|Produced by||Walter Lantz|
|Story by||Ben Hardaway
|Voices by||Mel Blanc
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|
|Running time||6' 55"|
|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.
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.