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Pantry Panic (1941)

Woody fails to go South for the winter, leaving him vulnerable to a starving cat. But the cat is just as vulnerable to a starving Woody.


Walter Lantz (uncredited)


Ben Hardaway (story), Lowell Elliot (story) (as L.E. Elliott)




Uncredited cast:
Sara Berner ... Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Mel Blanc ... Woody Woodpecker Laugh (archive sound) (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen Bernice Hansen ... Birds (voice) (uncredited)
Danny Webb Danny Webb ... Woody Woodpecker / Korny Kat / Moose (voice) (uncredited)


Woody's friends warn him that the groundhog has predicted a blizzard. Unconcerned, Woody decides not to go South with his pals. Soon enough, the blizzard sweeps in and destroys the loony woodpecker's stash of food. Facing starvation, a glimmer of hope arrives in the form of a cat. The cat is also starving and it turns into a match of brawn and wits to see who eats who. Written by Brett Johnson

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The first Woody Woodpecker cartoon to use Danny Webb as the voice of Woody instead of Mel Blanc, although a recording of Blanc's "ha-ha-ha-HA-ha" laugh was used in this and all following Woody cartoons until 1949. See more »


At the end, Woody says "Yeah? So am I." with a completely different voice. See more »


[first lines]
Female Bird: The weatherman's right. We'd better go South right away.
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food wars may soon be commonplace
17 June 2007 | by lee_eisenbergSee all my reviews

I saw some Woody Woodpecker cartoons when I was really young, but never took to them like I did the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies cartoons. Now that I've seen "Pantry Panic" and am old enough to offer an analysis, I'll say that what it portrays doesn't look far off. Yes, it was probably intended as nothing more than a silly cartoon, as Woody and an unidentified cat try to devour each other. But the idea of being all cooped up during the winter? "The Shining" portrayed that (just imagine Woody doing what Jack Nicholson did). And because of the declining precipitation in the southwestern US, not only will there likely be water wars, but maybe food wars.

But that's merely my interpretation. It's a pretty funny cartoon. Not clever in the sense of the Looney Tunes/Merrie Melodies genre, but worth seeing.

I never knew that Mel Blanc also did Woody's voice. And is it just me, or does the name "Woody Woodpecker" sound a little pornographic?

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22 November 1941 (USA) See more »

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What's Cookin'? See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono | Mono (Western Electric Mirrophonic Recording)


Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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