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Andy Panda asks Pop if you can really catch a bird by putting salt on its tail. Pop tells Andy not to bother him only to hear a knocking at the door. The "knocking" is really coming from a woodpecker pecking against their roof. Pop sets out to trap the bird but is no match for its screwiness. He uses a wind-up explosive decoy that the bird falls for but when it explodes, he just feels "betrayed!" After giving Pop a wild ride through the sky, Andy pours salt on his tail and traps it! Two ambulance attendants come to take the bird away but they too are just as looney! Written by
Matt Yorston <email@example.com>
This Short, although it's an Andy Panda's but is so remarkable as it's where famous Woody the Woodpecker has appeared for the very first time, although his first appearance didn't indicate the fame he gained afterward but it indicated the very first characteristics of the funny, full of life and motion, colorful and crazy bird!!
The episode starts with that Andy is telling his father the fairy quote that says: To catch a bird, you've to put salt on its tail, all at once, they hear a loud continuous knock on the wooden roof of their home, when papa Panda goes to check the roof, he finds that a strange Woodpecker (Woody) is pecking on the wooden roof, papa panda tries to catch him in vain with all possible ways, in a series of funny and comedy scenes, papa panda fails to catch the crazy woodpecker, while Andly succeeds at the end by putting the salt on its tail ..
In this short and in the 1st scene that Woody Woodpecker appears in front of papa Panda, he says his famous quote that reserved and became Woody's trademark afterward:"Guess Who?!" Of course Woody in his first appearance wasn't perfect and tuned in shape and voice, his shape wasn't quite the same as his traditional shape as he was rather in a shape of a fat bird instead of the decent little light bird afterward, also his belly was in dark red color instead of the white belly afterward, his head was smaller with longer nozzle and long neck instead of the reasonable head with the cute little sharp nozzle afterward, of course these modifications were made by his genius creator Walter Lantz to reach the best ever shape and figure, also his voice wasn't exactly the same birdie unrepeatable voice, his voice was made by the all-time-great performer Mel Blanc which is -in my opinion- the best ever voice performer of all time, Mel Blanc performed the voice of Woody Woodpecker from 1940 till 1950, afterward and in a strange coincidence as Walter Lantz stated afterward, his wife Grace Lantz, wanted to perform the voice of Woody, at 1st Lantz refused and he made an announcement that he needs a new performer to perform the voice of the Woodpecker, Grace submitted in the contest by another name and won, Lantz - to his amazement - discovered that his wife is the best performer that can perform the voice of Woody the Woodpecker and since then, and for more than 30 years Grace Lantz continued to perform the voice of Woody Woodpecker in the period from 1950 till 1980 and for more than 150 Woody's episodes ..
Walter Lantz stated a lot of times that the idea and creation of the character of Woody Woodpecker came as a result of a funny story that - strangely - almost the same as in the short movie Knock Knock, that when he was with his wife Grace in their honey moon in the country side, they were staying in a wooden little house, and at one early morning he woke up after hearing loud knocks on the wooden roof of the house, when he went up to check he found nothing, after a while, the knock continued .. after several times of going up and down for checking the source of knocking, he discovered that there's a little woodpecker pecking that roof .. and then the idea came into Lantz's mind to create a character from this Woodpecker, This was really the great ever masterpiece of Lantz as Woody became so famous and known for both children and elders as well ..
Lantz had already so many famous characters before Woody like Dinky Doodle which was in the 1920s and 1930s, Oswald the lucky rabbit in the 1930s, Andly Panda in 1930s, 1940s and 1950s, Space mouse in 1930s and 1940s, also he had characters that appeared after Woody like Chilly Willy in 1950s till 1980s, Beary bear in 1950s till 1980s and inspector Wiggly in 1950s and 1960s but Woody was the most famous and none of them reached his fame
Woody Woodpecker has a secret unrepeatable charm that made his fame, Woody is a birdie character but he's not similar to the his era's birdie cartoon characters like Donald Duck or Daffy Duck, this secret charm depends on the creative mind of Walter Lantz, Lantz has continuously developed Woody and created to him different environments and conditions, Woody had adventures almost every where in the world from the arctic polar snow to the heat of the deserts, from the bottoms of the sea to the far planets of space, Had adventures almost in all the times of history with integrated world of different supporting characters and villains like Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, Dooley and the mad Deutsch doctor ...
The creativity of Walter Lantz made him one of the best ever genius creative cartoon producers in all time like Walt Disney and Tex Avery
Thanks Walt *** Lo'ay
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