Friday 16 August 2019

Evil Woody

Here’s another neck-ring take from a Woody Woodpecker cartoon. This is from The Barber of Seville directed by Shamus Culhane.

Woody exits from the scene with a great evil look. Culhane doesn’t exaggerate the timing here; all the drawings are on twos.

Culhane does use some extremely quick cuts in a couple of places in the cartoon, something that was unique in a Woody Woodpecker cartoon to that point.

La Verne Harding and Les Kline are the animators credited on screen.

Oh, there’s a radio catchphrase just before this scene. The customer who is trying to make a tip-toe escape says “Coming mother!” That’s from the Henry Aldrich show.


  1. That's a pose. Now I want Woody to poke his head threw a door yelling "Here's Johnny!"

  2. This is an early Pat Matthews scene, as documented in the animator drafts for this short. Matthews actually did do earlier uncredited animation for Lantz, including "Ration Bored" and "Pass the Biscuits, Mirandy"