Woody Woodpecker Day is celebrated by animation fans every April 27. This obscure but fun holiday is observed as a celebration of everyone’s favorite animated woodpecker character. Between 1940 and 1972, American animation was at its peak. During this time, an anthropomorphic animated woodpecker named Woody Woodpecker was created. Woody appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz Studio and distributed by Universal Pictures. The character was created by cartoonist Walter Lantz and storyboard artist Ben “Bugs” Hardaway, who had previously worked at Warner Bros. on Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, two other screwball characters.
History of Woody Woodpecker Day
Cartoonist Walter Lantz created Woody, an anthropomorphic woodpecker, in 1940. He worked with Ben Hardaway, a storyboard artist who is also behind the characters Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck in the late 1930s. “The Woody Woodpecker Show,” featuring a fresh video of Woody and live-action footage of Lantz, was originally broadcast on television in 1957. Lantz lasted longer than most of his contemporaries in producing theatrical cartoons and Woody Woodpecker remained a fixture of universal’s release schedule until 1972 when Lantz eventually closed his studio. For particular performances and occasions after, the character was resurrected.
Woody woodpecker got his very own theme song when musicians George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss penned ‘The Woody Woodpecker Song’ in 1947. The song made extensive use of the character’s renowned chuckle. In the 1988 film, “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” Woody also had a cameo appearance among several other well-known cartoon characters.
“The New Woody Woodpecker Show,” a Saturday morning cartoon television series starring prolific voice actor Billy West as Woody, aired from 1999 to 2002. In 2017, the live-action/C.G.I. hybrid feature film “Woody Woodpecker” was released theatrically in Latin America and direct-to-video in the rest of the world. Universal Animation Studios announced in 2018 that a new series of Woody Woodpecker cartoons would be released exclusively on YouTube. On December 3, 2018, the show simply titled “Woody Woodpecker,” began streaming.
Woody Woodpecker Day timeline
Woody Woodpecker makes his debut in the cartoon short “Knock Knock.”
“The Dizzy Acrobat,” belonging to the Woody Woodpecker series, gets nominated for an Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons).
Woody gets his own theme song composed by George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss.
Woody Woodpecker makes a comeback in the Fox Kids series “The New Woody Woodpecker Show,” which airs every Saturday morning.
Woody Woodpecker Day FAQs
How fast is Woody Woodpecker?
The Nuthouse coaster lift or launch system of Woody Woodpecker travels at a speed of 34.9 kilometers per hour.
When did “Woody Woodpecker” end?
The network run of “The Woody Woodpecker Show” ended in 1977.
What is Woody's Woodpeckers catchphrase?
“Ha ha ha HA ha, ha ha ha HA ha, ha ha ha HA ha, hehehehehehehe!” is Woody Woodpecker’s catchphrase.
Woody Woodpecker Day Activities
Rewatch Woody Woodpecker cartoons
Cartoons are an inextricable part of every child's life, and they are by far the most enjoyable experience for them. In honor of Woody Woodpecker Day, revisit your youth and your inner kid by watching Woody Woodpecker cartoons.
Share on social media
Use social media to share photos of the Woody Woodpecker. Make everyone feel nostalgic and get them talking about their favorite woodpecker figure.
Try making cartoon animations
Try your hand at making Woody Woodpecker animations or drawings. It does not have to be perfect, you just need to enjoy and have fun doing it.
5 Interesting Facts About Woody Woodpecker
Hollywood Walk of Fame
On the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Woody has a star.
Universal Studios mascot
Universal Studios' official mascot is Woody Woodpecker.
Formula One debut
Woody debuted on the Williams Formula One Team's nose in 1998 and 1999.
Honda motorcycle team mascot
In 2000, Woody Woodpecker was named the Honda Motorcycle Racing Team's official mascot.
Greatest movie animals
In 2004, Woody was ranked 25th on “Animal Planet's” list of The 50 Greatest Movie Animals.
Why We Love Woody Woodpecker Day
It causes nostalgia
Cartoons evoke feelings of nostalgia. It is a chance for us to revert to our childhood or to reminisce about a simpler time. Not only does it help us reminisce about the good old days when we were younger, but it also allows us to temporarily forget about our adult problems.
Cartoons teach lessons
In cartoons, there are always lessons to be learned. You can recall the slightest details from your favorite cartoon shows and the lessons you learned as a child if you think back far enough. You may have seen an episode of your favorite cartoon so many times that you can memorize every verse.
A way to relax
Cartoons are a great way to let off steam as they elicit a wide range of emotions in us. It is hardly an exaggeration to say that they are cathartic to the core. We may connect with and relate to the characters, allowing us to release excess and frequently bottled-up emotions.
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