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Wet Blanket Policy (1948) - Woody Woodpecker Theatrical Cartoon Series Wet Blanket Policy

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>Walter Lantz Productions
  • Walter Lantz Productions
  • Animated Characters: Woody Woodpecker, A. Welcher (Buzz Buzzard).
  • Awards: Academy Award Nominee, Best Original Song, "The Woody Woodpecker Song" (Music and Lyrics: Ramey Idriss, George Tibbles), 1948.
  • Originally Released in 1948.
  • Production Number: UA-9.
    MPAA: 12562
  • TechniColor
  • U.S.A.  U.S.A.

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First appearance of Buzz Buzzard (here named "A. Welcher").

"Wet Blanket Policy" has the distinction of being the only cartoon short to be nominated for an Oscar for Best Song: "The Woody Woodpecker Song," composed by George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss, and performed by Gloria Wood and Harry Babbit. This is also the song's debut in a cartoon.

"The Woody Woodpecker Song:"

Ho ho ho ho ho!
Ho ho ho ho ho!
That's the Woody Woodpecker song.
Ho ho ho ho ho!
Ho ho ho ho ho!
He's a-pecking it all day long!
He pecks a few holes in a tree to see
If a redwood's really red.
And it's nothing to him,
on the tiniest whim,
To peck a few holes in your head!

Ho ho ho ho ho!
Ho ho ho ho ho!
That's the Woody Woodpecker tune.
Ho ho ho ho ho!
Ho ho ho ho ho!
Makes the other woodpeckers swoon!
Though it doesn't make sense
to the dull and the dense
Why all the lady woodpeckers long
For, "Ho ho ho ho ho!
Ho ho ho ho ho!"
That's the Woody Woodpecker song!


"The Woody Woodpecker Song" became a huge hit in June, 1948 (selling over 250,000 records within ten days of release). In response to the tune's popularity, Lantz rushed the song into this cartoon (which was released in August, 1948). This explains why the action and music don't really match up for the first minute or so.

Look for an ad for Walter Lantz's funnies at the beginning of this one.

With arguably the most famous laugh of any cartoon character in history ("ha-ha-ha-HA-ha?, Woody Woodpecker pecked his way into our lives through a 1940 Andy Panda theatrical short entitled Knock Knock. Woody continued to appear in short films throughout the 40's and 50's, and in 1957, the Kellogg's company packaged these theatrical works into the syndicated package The Woody Woodpecker Show.Walter Lantz created the famed bird, and in the show's early days, the animator would host from his office, demonstrating how cartoons were made by showing the viewers at home such essentials as painting cels and drawing storyboards. Woody, an obnoxious mischief-maker, would usually star in the shorts, occasionally taking a backseat to his friends Andy Panda, Wally Walrus, Gabby Gator, Buzz Buzzard, Oswald the Rabbit, and Arctic penguin Chilly Willy.

Woody was by far the most politically incorrect and audacious character of his time. In an era when cartoons were trying to promote a positive message or somehow prove educational, Woody was breaking taboos left and right. The early theatrical shorts were chock full of sexual innuendo, tobacco use, and rampant alcohol consumption. One episode even showed a hotel bill with a charge for "Cocaine" (all of which were later edited out before hitting the airwaves). While other cartoons were trying to do the right thing, Woody was joking, fighting, stealing, and antagonizing.

Another difference between our fine feathered friend and other animated icons is that he didn't always come out on top. Sometimes he'd dig himself too deep into a hole to get out. Perhaps if Woody had gone to the police, this never would have happened, but then we wouldn't have had so much fun watching him try.

After a three year run from 1957-60, The Woody Woodpecker Show was not seen on network television again until the fall of 1970, when it made its Saturday morning debut. Although his physical appearance was slightly altered and updated, Woody was as big a troublemaker as ever. The immortal show has lived on in syndication ever since leaving network TV in 1977.

In 1999, a brand new Woody Woodpecker Show debuted on the Fox Kids schedule. Woody, Buzz Buzzard, Wally Walrus, Chilly Willy, and Willy's dog pal Smedley were joined by newcomers Winnie Woodpecker, Knothead, Splinter, Dapper Denver Dooley, and Mrs. Meany.

Traditional, Hand-drawn Animation.

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