Woody Dines Out

Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = Woody Dines Out
series = Woody Woodpecker

caption =
director = Shamus Culhane
story_artist = Ben Hardaway
Milt Schaffer
animator = Don Williams
background_artist = Phillip DeGuard
voice_actor = Ben Hardaway (uncredited)
Hans Conried
musician = Darrell Calker
producer = Walter Lantz
studio = Walter Lantz Productions
distributor = Universal Pictures
release_date = flagicon|US April 1, 1945
color_process = Technicolor
runtime = 7 min
movie_language = English
preceded_by = "Chew-Chew Baby"
followed_by = "The Dippy Diplomat"
amg_id =
imdb_id = 0153920

"Woody Dines Out" is an animated cartoon short subject starring Woody Woodpecker released theatrically on April 1, 1945. The film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. The film is set in a taxidermist's shop. It features Ben Hardaway as the voice of Woody Woodpecker and Hans Conried as the voice of the taxidermist. Both men were uncredited in the film's title card.

Plot Summary

Woody walks about town and realizes that all of the restaurants are closed. He finds one store with a sign in its window that reads: "We stuff birds." He assumes that it is a restaurant when it is actually a taxidermist's shop.

He approaches the counter to place his order. From his coat pocket, the taxidermist removes an ad from the Museum of Natural History announcing a $100,000 reward for a stuffed king-size woodpecker. He secretly places knock-out drops in the food he prepares for Woody.

The food puts Woody to sleep, but he recovers on the cutting table. He escapes the taxidermist by climbing onto an elevator; the taxidermist falls down the elevator shaft.

Cultural References

*Frédéric Chopin's "Funeral March" can be heard in the background score as the taxidermist places the knock-out drops into Woody's food.

*The taxidermist refers to Woody's soup as "blackout borscht". At the time this film was released blackouts were common among coastal regions of the United States. Borscht is a Russian dish, and the Soviet Union was a member of the Allied Powers at the time.

*As Woody pilots the elevator to faster and faster speeds, the speedometer reads: Is this trip really necessary? This is a reference to the army rationing of gasoline and rubber for the war effort.

ee also

*List of Woody Woodpecker theatrical cartoons


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