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The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos (1937)

A program for radio KUKU set in the woods, mostly starring birds as caricatures of celebrities of the day. The MC is bandleader Ben Birdie, heckled by Walter Finchell. Wendell Howell ... See full summary »

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Frank Tashlin

Writer:

Melvin Millar (story)
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Cast

Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Louella Possums / Martha Bray / Various (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Mr. Growlin / Alexander Owlcott / Milton Squirrel / Walter Finchell / Jack Bunny (voice) (uncredited)
Peter Lind Hayes ... Ben Birdie (voice) (uncredited)
Tedd Pierce Tedd Pierce ... Tizzie Fish (voice) (uncredited)
Georgia Stark Georgia Stark ... Grace Moose / Lily Swans / Deanna Terrapin (voice) (uncredited)
Danny Webb Danny Webb ... Joe Penguin / Andy Bovine / Various (voice) (uncredited)
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A program for radio KUKU set in the woods, mostly starring birds as caricatures of celebrities of the day. The MC is bandleader Ben Birdie, heckled by Walter Finchell. Wendell Howell prepares to lead a singalong; he gives several different page numbers in the songbook, then says, "Never mind, we won't use the books." The audience, responding "Oh yes we will" pelts him. Billy Goat and Ernie Bear introduce and sing the title song. Everyone sings along, except a fox, who informed he's singing the wrong song, responds, "Why don't somebody tell me these things?" We pan across a series of celebrity guests, like W.C. Field-mouse, Dick Fowl, Deanna Terrapin, Bing Crowsby, and the high-note competing duo of Grace Moose and Lily Swans. Tizzie Fish has a cooking segment. Finally, Louella Possums introduces a company performing a scene from The Prodigal's Return. Written by Jon Reeves <jreeves@imdb.com>

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1937 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Unlike all the other caricatures which are of real people, "Tizzie Fish" is a parody of Tizzie Lish, a wacky old lady known for her crackpot recipes, who was a character played by Bill Comstock on the radio show Al Pearce and His Gang. See more »

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Edited from My Green Fedora (1935) See more »

Soundtracks

Are You from Dixie? ('Cause I'm from Dixie, Too!')
(1915) (uncredited)
Music by George L. Cobb
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quite funny, despite the obvious fact that we in the 21st century probably won't understand many of the caricatures
29 September 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

Throughout much of my life, I have seen/heard parodies of movies/songs before seeing/hearing the originals; sometimes I only learn about the originals because I see/hear the parodies. I'll see something on "The Simpsons" and a few years later see which movie it came from, or I'll hear a "Weird Al" Yankovic song and then later hear the spoofed song.

But it's not just through "The Simpsons" and "Weird Al" Yankovic that this happens. I often see classic Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons and later learn about what they parodied. While "The Woods Are Full of Cuckoos" is certainly a funny cartoon, I have to admit that until I read the IMDb description, I'd never heard of Ernie Hare (represented as Ernie Bear).

Truth be told, I wouldn't be surprised if many members of my generation know the spoofs before knowing the originals, partly because the parodied movies, songs, etc., are often so old school or hokey that generation Y would take no stock in them. Or I might be wrong.

But I digress. I recommend this cartoon.


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