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Woody Woodpecker DVD update 
26th-Jun-2007 04:37 am
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We now have the complete contents of the DVDs, due out on July 24th. 3 discs, only $40 SRP, which means Amazon has it for about $30. 75 fully restored cartoons, with a few extras (they didn't have as many extras as Popeye or Looney Tunes, as they poured the money into restoration and added more cartoons).

Full list of cartoons after the cut:

Disc One:
1) Knock Knock. 11/25/1940. An Andy Panda cartoon, this was Woody's debut. The ending, where he's taken to an insane asylum, has been cut from TV prints but will be uncut here.
2) Woody Woodpecker. 07/07/1941. Also called 'The Cracked Nut' for TV. Woody is told by the other animals that he's crazy, so goes to see a psychiatrist. The shrink is just as looney as he is, though.
3) The Screwdriver. 08/11/1941. Woody drives his car down the highway and irritates patrolmen.
4) Pantry Panic. 11/24/1941. When winter comes, Woody runs out of food. He and a hungry cat try to eat each other. This cartoon lapsed into public domain, so it's been on several cheapo DVD collections. This version is restored.
5) The Hollywood Matador. 02/09/1942. Woody as a bullfighter. This is the first cartoon with Ben Hardaway as Woody's voice, replacing Mel Blanc, who had signed an exclusive contract with Warners.
6) Ace In The Hole. 06/22/1942. Woody at a military base, flying planes and creating havoc.
7) The Loan Stranger. 10/19/1942. Woody gets tricked by a loanshark.
8) The Screwball. 02/15/1943. Woody tries to escape a cop by sneaking into a baseball game.
9) The Dizzy Acrobat. 05/31/1943. Woody at the circus, creating his usual brand of chaos. Academy Award nominee.
10) Ration Bored. 07/26/1943. Woody tries to get gas without a ration card. A rare wartime Woody cartoon, rarely seen on TV.
11) The Barber of Seville. 04/10/1944. While the barber's away, Woody takes over his shop, singing opera and shaving heads. The debut of Woody's newer, cuter look, as well as director Shamus Culhane. One of the best cartoons ever made. This will be uncut, the TV prints omit the wartime refs.
12) The Beach Nut. 10/16/1944. Woody heckles Wally Walrus at the beach. Wally makes his debut here.
13) Ski for Two. 11/13/1944. Woody heckles Wally at a chalet in the mountains, and dresses up as Santa Claus.
14) Chew-Chew Baby. 02/05/1945. Woody dresses as a cute girl to get food from Wally.
15) Woody Dines Out. 05/14/1945. Woody looks for a place to eat, but ends up at a taxidermists.
16) Hell's Heels. 7/2/1930. An 'Oswald the Lucky Rabbit' cartoon, this is a parody of the war movie Hell's Heroes.
17) Spooks. 7/14/1930. This Oswald parodies The Phantom of the Opera.
18) Grandma's Pet. 1/18/1932. I know nothing about this Oswald cartoon!
19) Confidence. 7/31/1933. An Oswald cartoon, guest starring Franklin D. Roosevelt. Don't let the Depression get you down...
20) The Merry Old Soul. 11/27/1933. This Oswald cartoon has several celebrity cameos.
21) King Klunk. 9/4/1933. Featuring 'Pooch the Pup', this cartoon parodies King King, and is rarely seen on TV due to native stereotypes.
22) Toyland Premiere. 12/10/1934. Another cartoon filled with celebrity cameos, as well as an Oswald cameo. The ending, frequently cut from TV prints for no reason whatsoever, will be uncut here.
23) Hollywood Bowl. 10/5/1938. Oh look, more celebrity caricatures! Garbo, Crosby, Penner...
24) Scrambled Eggs. 11/20/1939. This cartoon is about a faun who plays a prank that backfires. Very handsomely drawn.
25) Hysterical High Spots in American History. 3/31/1941. I know nothing about this cartoon! Sounds like a travelogue parody a la Tex Avery, though.

Bonus features include two short documentaries, one of which was made in the mid-1930s.


Disc Two:
1) The Dippy Diplomat. 08/27/1945. Woody pretends to be the Russian Ambassador in order to get food from Wally Walrus.
2) The Loose Nut. 12/17/1945. Woody plays golf, and interferes with the cement mixer trying to put in a sidewalk. FOOOOOOORE!
3) Who's Cookin' Who? 06/24/1946. Winter's here again, and Woody has no food, again. This time, it's a wolf who he tries to eat. Shamus Culhane remakes Pantry Panic, and the result is even better.
4) Bathing Buddies. 07/01/1946. Woody tries to extract a dime from his bathpipe, much to the annoyance of downstairs neighbor Wally. References to opium smoking were cut from TV prints but are uncut here.
5) The Reckless Driver. 08/26/1946. Woody gets caught speeding, and has to take a driving test with policeman Wally Walrus. Watch for the classic scene with Woody spitting alphabet soup.
6) Fair Weather Fiends. 11/18/1946. Woody and a wolf are stranded on a desert island. Each thinks the other would make a great dinner.
7) Musical Moments from Chopin. 02/24/1947. Andy Panda is trying to play a symphony, with a little help from Woody's piano tuner. This was part of the Musical Miniatures series, and not in the Woody Woodpecker series.
8) Smoked Hams. 04/28/1947. Wally Walrus works nights and sleeps days. Woody Woodpecker works days and sleeps nights. Fun ensues. Watch for the bit with the bed being played like a pipe organ.
9) The Coo-Coo Bird. 06/09/1947. Woody needs to get up early for hunting season, but little annoyances keep him awake. Dick Lundy's Woody is less insane than previous versions.
10) Well Oiled. 06/30/1947. Woody tries to siphon gas, and gets in a chase with a cop. It ends with a giant grease gun fight.
11) Solid Ivory. 08/25/1947. Woody's cue ball lands in a hen house. You can write the rest of this cartoon yourself.
12) Woody the Giant Killer. 12/15/1947. Woody climbs the beanstalk, and tangles with a giant.
13) The Mad Hatter. 02/01/1948. Woody has a screen test and needs to wear a top hat, but this particular hat has a mind of its own. The part of Donald Duck in this cartoon will be played by Woody Woodpecker. (If you think I dislike Dick Lundy's Woody cartoons, you're right).
14) Banquet Busters. 03/12/1948. Woody and Andy Panda are the band for a rich society party, and spend the cartoon trying to get food.
15) Wacky-Bye Baby. 05/01/1948. This time Woody poses as a baby in order to get food from Wally Walrus.
16) Life Begins For Andy Panda. 9/9/1939. Not named after the Andy Hardy movie, which came out two years later. Andy's debut, this is rarely seen on TV due to black stereotypes.
17) Fish Fry. 6/19/1944. Andy is in the middle of a war between a cat and a goldfish.
18) Apple Andy. 5/20/1946. Andy is tempted to eat too many apples. He pays for this by going to Hell. A very odd cartoon.
19) The Bandmaster. 12/19/1947. Andy conducts a circus band, as they play the Overture to Zampa.
20) Scrappy Birthday. 2/11/1949. Andy tries to catch a fox to get a fur coat for his girl Miranda. The final Andy Panda cartoon.
21) $21 a Day - (Once a Month). 12/01/1941. Cartoon about Army life, with boogie-woogie and jazz music near the end. Watch for Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda cameos. The first Swing Symphony cartoon.
22) Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy. 08/23/1943. A wartime Swing Symphony, this manages to combine hillbilly jokes with fighting the Japanese jokes. This will be restored, which is fantastic, as existing prints are crappy.
23) The Greatest Man in Siam. 03/27/1944. The sultan holds a contest with his daughter as the prize. Jazz music soon follows. One of two Swing Symphonies to feature scantily clad Arab girls.
24) Abou Ben Boogie. 09/18/1944. This is the other one. :)
25) The Pied Piper of Basin Street. 01/15/1945. A jazz retelling of the Pied Piper story, another one of those 'best cartoon ever' nominees. Watch for the ref to Ozzie Nelson's band.

Extras: Some old Woody Woodpecker Show segments, with Walter explaining to Woody how cartoons work.


Disc Three:
1) Wet Blanket Policy. 08/27/1948. Woody gets suckered into an insurance policy by Buzz Buzzard. Buzz's debut. Features 'The Woody Woodpecker Song', which was nominated for an Academy Award.
2) Wild and Woody. 12/31/1948. Gunslinger Woody tries to bring down sheriff killer Buzz Buzzard in the wild West.
3) Drooler's Delight. 03/25/1949. Woody tries to get an ice cream soda, but Buzz steals his dime. The last Woody cartoon before Lantz closed for a year, and the last with his old, Ben Hardaway voice. A personal favorite of mine.
4) Puny Express. 01/22/1951. Woody is a Pony Express rider, Buzz Buzzard is trying to rob it. The first cartoon to come out after Lantz reopened. Grace Stafford can be heard as Woody here for the first time.
5) Sleep Happy. 03/26/1951. Woody sleeps, Wally Walrus doesn't.
6) Wicket Wacky. 03/28/1951. Woody tries to play croquet, but a gopher has other ideas.
7) Slingshot 6 7/8. 07/23/1951. Another Woody and Buzz in the Old West cartoon.
8) The Redwood Sap. 10/01/1951. The Grasshopper and the Ants, Woody Woodpecker style.
9) The Woody Woodpecker Polka. 10/29/1951. Woody tries to crash a dance to get food.
10) Destination Meatball. 12/24/1951. Woody turns himself invisible in order to get meat from butcher Buzz Buzzard. Another one where existing prints are crappy, this will look great restored.
11) Born to Peck. 02/25/1952. A very old Woody reflects on his life, starting with his infancy.
12) Stage Hoax. 04/21/1952. Woody goes in drag to get a lift from Wally Walrus' stagecoach, but the coach is then hijacked by Buzz Buzzard. The first time Grace Stafford provided extensive dialogue for Woody.
13) Woodpecker in the Rough. 06/16/1952. Woody golfs, but is interrupted by a big burly guy, who makes a bet with him.
14) Scalp Treatment. 09/18/1952. Woody and Buzz in the Old West. Some things never get old.
15) The Great Who-Dood-it. 10/20/1952. Woody heckles peddler Buzz Buzzard at a fair.
16) Chilly Willy. 12/21/1953. His debut, and he's less cute here. Chilly Willy vs. dog.
17) I'm Cold. 11/29/1954. Directed by Tex Avery. Chilly Willy's cute design debuts here, as does Smedley the dog (yes, dog. Not polar bear. DOG.) Smedley's voice is Daws Butler, who would later reuse it for Huckleberry Hound.
18) The Legend of Rockabye Point. 04/11/1955. Directed by Tex Avery. Chilly Willy tries to get a fish-stealing polar bear in trouble by making noise to disturb a watchdog.
19) Hot and Cold Penguin. 10/24/1955. Chilly Willy is cold, Smedley is guarding the furnace. Jokes ensue. Tex Avery storyboarded this, but left before he directed it.
20) Room and Wrath. 6/4/1956. Chilly Willy hasn't paid his rent, but Smedley finds him very hard to evict. Again, Tex Avery storyboards.
21) Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company "B". 9/1/1941. The classic Andrew Sisters song, set to a story of a black jazz musician who's drafted. Featuring an all-black cast, this hasn't been seen for years, for obvious reasons.
22) Mother Goose on the Loose. 4/13/1942. Sight gags satirize famous Mother Goose stories. In one scene, Little Bo Peep loses her sheep on a bad throw of the dice.
23) Pigeon Patrol. 8/3/1942. Homer Pigeon joins the war effort to impress his girls, and takes on the Axis. A rare wartime Lantz cartoon (he didn't do a lot of explicit war shorts).
24) Crazy Mixed-Up Pup. 02/14/1955. PLASMA! DOG PLASMA! Tex Avery, of course, in this classic cartoon where a man and his dog swap personalities.
25) SH-H-H-H-H-H. 06/06/1955. A man tries to get some piece and quiet, but the world is out to get him. This is a very bizarre Tex Avery cartoon, and I think would be called 'interesting' rather than 'good'.

Bonus Feature: A Woody Woodpecker TV show from the 60s, with the original cartoon Spook-a-Nanny.


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