Ten Points about Woody Woodpecker
- First appeared in an Andy Panda short (1940), but first appeared on television in October 3, 1957 on ABC.
- Although best associated with Walter Lantz, Ben Hardaway helped created the prototype for Woody. Lantz got the cartoon idea from a noisy woodpecker keeping him and his wife awake during their honeymoon, and led this cartoon until 1972.
- Woody’s trademark laugh is a Mel Blanc creation.
- Woody was more insane during his early years.
- Woody has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Other stars in the show: Andy Panda, Papa Panda, Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, Chilli Willie.
- Knothead and Splinter were his nephews who eventually became his nephew and niece.
- Woody nominated for an Academy Award in 1944, Best Short Subject (Cartoons), but lost to Tom and Jerry. The Woody Woodpecker Song received a Best Song nomination in 1948.
- TV Guide’s Great Cartoon Character of All-time list: #46 (2002, 2003); #25 on Animal Planet’s list of The 50 Greatest Movie Animals (2004)
- Appeared in Who Framed Roger Rabbit (1988).
Here is a 2+ minute segment of this zany, brash bird singing from the Barber of Seville with a classic slapstick routine of the times. Enjoy … and thank you Walter Lantz for being the visual spirit behind Woody Woodpecker.!