Knock Knock (1940 cartoon)

Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = Knock Knock
series = Andy Panda
director = Walter Lantz (uncredited)
story_artist = Ben Hardaway
L.E. Elliott
animator = Alex Lovy
Frank Tipper
voice_actor = Mel Blanc
Sara Berner
musician = Frank Marsales
producer = Walter Lantz
studio = Walter Lantz Productions
distributor = Universal Pictures
release_date = November 25, 1940 (USA)
color_process = Technicolor
runtime = 7 min (one reel)
movie_language = English
preceded_by = "Andy Panda Goes Fishing" (1940)
followed_by = "Andy Panda's Pop" (1941)
imdb_id = 0146967

"Knock Knock" is a 1940 animated short subject, part of the "Andy Panda" series, produced by Walter Lantz. The cartoon is noted for being the first appearance of Woody Woodpecker, and was released by Universal Pictures on November 25, 1940.

Plot

The cartune ostensibly stars Andy Panda (voice of Sara Berner) and his father, Papa Panda (voice of Mel Blanc), but it is Woody (voice of Blanc) who steals the show. The woodpecker constantly pesters the two pandas, apparently just for the fun of it. Andy, meanwhile, tries to sprinkle salt on Woody's tail in the belief that this will somehow capture the bird. To Woody's surprise, Andy's attempts prevail, and Woody is taken away to the funny farm—where his captors prove to be crazier than he is.

Production notes

Like most of the early 1940s Lantz cartunes, "Knock Knock" carried no director's credit. Lantz himself has claimed to have directed this cartune, which features animation by Alex Lovy and Frank Tipper, a story by Ben Hardaway and Lowell Elliott, and music by Frank Marsales. "Knock Knock" was Marsales' final score for Lantz.

As the first appearance of Woody Woodpecker, "Knock Knock" is also the first cartune to feature Woody's trademark laugh, a gurgling cackle voice artist Mel Blanc had been perfecting since high school. This is also the laugh Blanc used for Happy Rabbit, a predecessor to Bugs Bunny.

References

*Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. " [http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1940.html 1940] ". "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia". Retrieved March 4, 2007.


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