A newspaper announces that Ivan Awfulitch, the famous ambassador, is due to have a barbecue with local resident Wally Walrus. Unfortunately, while Wally is preparing the barbecue, the scent... See full summary »

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A newspaper announces that Ivan Awfulitch, the famous ambassador, is due to have a barbecue with local resident Wally Walrus. Unfortunately, while Wally is preparing the barbecue, the scent of the steaks he is cooking attracts an unwelcome guest in the form of Woody Woodpecker. He steals some of the food through a knothole in the fence then uses a bow and arrow to get the rest. Wally throws him out but when Woody hears of the visitor he is expecting, he dresses as Awfulitch himself and finally gets the remainder of Wally's food. Written by Matt Yorston <george.y@ns.sympatico.ca>

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27 August 1945 (USA)  »

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If You Want a Barbecue, Make Sure Woody Isn't Nearby...
5 February 2004 | by (Murray Hill, NJ) – See all my reviews

...which Wally Walrus learns the hard way in this madcap cartoon. Under Shamus Culhane's direction, DIPPY DIPLOMAT attains the high comedic caliber of Warner Brothers and MGM's contemporary product. Like Bob Clampett and Tex Avery, Culhane understands that in such an action-oriented cartoon (in this case, the action consisting of Woody Woodpecker's pursuit of food), the gags must be administered at a frenetic, zippy pace to achieve the greatest comic impact. The gags are further buoyed by lively animation and Darrell Calker's sprightly score. Culhane builds up the situation to a rousing climax in which the walrus, his face engulfed in smoke, turns into a train!

Culhane utilizes Woody Woodpecker as effectively as he does the gags. At this point, the woodpecker's personality was toned down. He's no longer the hyperactive lunatic he was at the beginning, but he's still gleefully obnoxious as he uses ingenious methods to devour Wally Walrus's barbecue. Yet he is beguilingly innocent. He comes off not as a bully or a delinquent, but merely a impish child. How can one dislike such a character?

DIPPY DIPLOMAT represents the Walter Lantz studio near its artistic apex. It's a pity the cartoons declined in the following decades but this particular one demonstrates that the studio could produce authentic classics. For that reason, neither Walter Lantz nor Woody Woodpecker deserve to be forgotten.


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