Woody Woodpecker

Directed by

Walter Lantz (uncredited)

Produced by

Walter Lantz

Story by

Ben Hardaway
Jack Cosgriff

Voices by

Mel Blanc (uncredited)
Sara Berner (uncredited)
Bernice Hansen (uncredited)
Margaret Hill-Talbot (uncredited)
Danny Webb (uncredited)

Music by

Darrell Calker

Animation by

Alex Lovy
Ray Fahringer

Distributed by

Universal Pictures

Release date(s)

July 7, 1941 (U.S.)

Color process


Running time

6' 55"

Woody Woodpecker is the first animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on July 7, 1941, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures.


The inhabitants of the forest that Woody Woodpecker (Mel Blanc) lives in have started spreading the word that Woody is crazy, due to all of his screwball antics. After telling him (and many others) this several times, Woody also begins to question his sanity. So he goes to a psychiatrist, a wolf with a German accent (Blanc), only to find that the doctor may be more cracked than the woodpecker himself.


Everybody thinks I'm crazzzy!
Yesiree, that's me, that's me!
That's what I'm cracked up to be,
I chop a hole in every tree!
Knock on wood!
Well, knock on wood!
So I'm crazy, but what, what, what can I do?
So are you!
  • Like most of the early 1940s Lantz cartoons, Woody Woodpecker carried no director's credit. Lantz himself has claimed to have directed this cartoon, which features animation by Alex Lovy, Ray Fahringer, Lester Kline and LaVerne Harding (both uncredited), a story co-written by Lantz (uncredited), Ben Hardaway, Lowell Elliott, and Jack Cosgriff, and music by Darrell Calker.
  • This "cartune" featured the second appearance of Woody Woodpecker (who first appeared in the Andy Panda cartune "Knock Knock"), his first solo short, and was the first in which the character's name was used. Also, voice actor Mel Blanc recorded a newer, more infectious version of Woody's laugh that would be used (even after Blanc got an exclusive WB contract) until 1950 when Grace Stafford recorded an even newer, more friendlier, refined version. Blanc would also re-record Woody's "Guess Who?!" signature line for this entry, and the recording would then be utilized for the entire run of the series. However, this is also the last short to feature Blanc performing new dialogue for Woody.
  • Just as with Knock Knock, Woody Woodpecker features the early garish Woody design, with red "vest feathers" (instead of a white one), buck teeth in some shots, thick ringed legs, a green tail, and a big chin which made him look more like a pelican than a woodpecker. This design was softened by 1942, and then later replaced with a more realistic version by 1944. This 1944 design would also be easier to animate.
  • In the 1960s, Woody Woodpecker re-released theatrically as The Cracked Nut.


Woody Woodpecker 1941 Cracked Nut

Woody Woodpecker 1941 Cracked Nut