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History of Woody Woodpecker
History of Woody Woodpecker:
cartoon characters go through as many changes as Woody
Woodpecker. He morphed from an extremely goofy, ugly bird in his
early cartoons to cute and clever. Another change is that in his
earlier cartoons, Woody was the antagonist. When he was made
cuter, Woody was the nice guy and his rivals were the
troublemakers. But no matter what, Woody Woodpecker cartoons were
great from the beginning, and they just got better as time went on
until they stopped production in 1972.
Buzz Buzzard- Always
a goon or delinquent of some sort, and ALWAYS the troublemaker.
Gabby Gator- This
character has one simple motivation: to catch Woody for supper
Mrs. Meany- We all
know women like this. Her function is always to be as unpleasant
as possible to Woody.
Splinter & Knothead-
Splinter is the woodpecker niece; Knothead is the nephew. They're
always up to mischief.
Wally Walrus- There's
just something about a fat Swedish walrus that I find very, very funny.
Woody Woodpecker #1- Mel Blanc
was the first to do Woody's voice. When he was given an exclusive
contract by Warner Bros., he quit Woody. I love Mel Blanc's work
and all his wonderful voices, but as Woody he really didn't offer
much. The voice is goofy, but bland. It just didn't make
Woody interesting. Blanc was much better as Bugs Bunny, Speedy
Gonzalez, and countless other Looney Tunes characters.
Woody in these cartoons: Knock,
Knock (1940), Woody Woodpecker (1941), The Screwdriver (1941), and
Pantry Panic (1941).
Woody Woodpecker #2- Ben Hardaway
An amusing voice, but not always very
coherent. Many times it's
hard to understand what Woody's saying. But when you can
understand him, he IS very funny. The greatest aspect about
Hardaway's Woody voice is that it was lightning-paced and so "in your
face". But the funny sounds that his Woody makes is what's really
Woody from 1942 (The Hollywood Matador)
to 1949 (Drooler's Delight).
Woody Woodpecker #3- Grace Stafford
(Grace Lantz) (1950-1972) THE BEST
voice of Woody Woodpecker, in my opinion. It's clearly the
cutest of the Woody voices and the easiest to understand. Grace's
Woody is a lot more articulate, not to mention that the character was
given more intelligence by this time. It just works.
Grace voiced Woody from 1951 (Puny Express) until
the very end in 1972 (Bye, Bye Blackboard). Puny Express was the
first regular Woody Woodpecker cartoon for which Grace Stafford worked,
but before that, in 1950, she voiced Woody Woodpecker in the obscure
science-fiction movie called "Destination Moon". It is also worth
mentioning that Grace Stafford was the wife of Walter Lantz, creator of
the famous woodpecker.
Woody Woodpecker #4- Cherry Davis in
film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit"
Woody Woodpecker #5- Billy West
Wally Walrus #1- Hans Conreid (1944-1948) THE BEST WALLY!
Wally Walrus #2- William Demarest
Wally Walrus #3- Dal McKennon (1953)
Wally Walrus #4- Paul Frees
Wally Walrus #5- Daws Butler in cartoon TV special, "Spook-A-Nanny"
Wally Walrus #6- Billy West (1999-2003)
Buzz Buzzard #1- Lionel Stander
Buzz Buzzard #2- Dal McKennon
Buzz Buzzard #3- Daws Butler in cartoon TV special, "Spook-A-Nanny"
Buzz Buzzard #4- Mark Hamill (1999-2003)