Lazy Dodsworth the Cat wants to catch a woodpecker for his breakfast. The woodpecker has built its home inside the upper trunk of a very tall tree, and Dodsworth puts on a professor's cap, ... See full summary »

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Lazy Dodsworth the Cat wants to catch a woodpecker for his breakfast. The woodpecker has built its home inside the upper trunk of a very tall tree, and Dodsworth puts on a professor's cap, pretending to be a passive teacher of bird-catching and thereby deceive an eager-to-learn kitten into doing the perilous ascending of the tree to try to catch the woodpecker. The true fact, is Dodsworth's schemes were deceptive and deceiving the kitten, throughout. Written by Kevin McCorry <mmccorry@nb.sympatico.ca>

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After the un-named Kitten fails to capture the woodpecker and is in the tree hole, Dodsworth at first believes that the kitten is taking what he planned for himself. So he pulls the rope back down, and a bowling ball falls on his head, with the note: 'My Mother always said, If you can't beat 'em, join 'em.' [signed] The Kitten.' Right after Dodsworth read the note, he looks up and sees the un-named kitten become an artificial woodpecker. After the beak is on the kitten, the kitten and woodpecker quickly pecked on the tree a note to Dodsworth and any other, [in capital letters] 'GNATS TO CATS'. See more »

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Dodsworth: [after the woodpecker pecks him] Serves me right. Should have known better. Why, for generations none of us Dodsworths have ever stooped to physical effort to obtain his breakfast.
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Follows Kiddin' the Kitten (1952) See more »

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Rienzi Overture - Act 2: Erschallet, Feierklänge!
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Music by Richard Wagner
[Plays when Dodsworth says, "Why, for generations, none of us Dodsworths have ever stooped to physical effort to obtain his breakfast."]
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Dodsworth Does It Again!
10 August 2007 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is the second straight "Dodsworth" cartoon I've watched on this Looney Tunes Spotlight Collection Vol. 4 DVD and - like the first Dodsworth - it is terrific. There are similarities in theme with "Kiddin The Kitten and but the dialog and gags are still clever and humorous.

In this one, our lazy friend wants a woodpecker for breakfast. The problem is that the woodpecker lives high up in a tree. The tree looks like one of those redwoods it is so high. There is no way Dodsworth is going to work for his breakfast. It's never been done in the history of his lazy family. So, as in the other cartoon, he gets a little kitten to do the work for him, under the guise of being his professor and teaching him the ropes of being a cat.

Well, the adventures of this little kitten trying to get the smart woodpecker, and the various ways Dodsworth employs the little guy are all funny. It reminds one a bit of all the inventions Wile E. Coyote uses to try to catch the Roadrunner. Only the ending here was a little weak, or I would have rated it a "10" for sure.

Tedd Pierce, writer for these Dodsworth cartoons, should be cited for his work. It's always fun to hear Sheldon Leonard, too, as the voice of Dodsworth


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