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Pigeon Holed

Pigeon Holed

Release Date: 1/16/56
Direction: Alex Lovy
Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and Laverne Harding
Story: Homer Brightman
Settings: Raymond Jacobs
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Character Voices: Dal McKennon

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-55
  • Pigeon Holed marks the first appearance of Homer Pigeon (now redesigned) since 1943. It was also his final cartoon.
  • Hidden Gags: In one scene, Homer's two friends are identified as "Alex" and "Paul". They were probably named after directors Alex Lovy and Paul J. Smith.
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 11 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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After the Ball

After the Ball

Release Date: 2/13/56
Direction: Paul J. Smith
Animation: Robert Bentley, Gil Turner, and Herman R. Cohen
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Settings: Art Landy
Story: Jack Cosgriff
Voice: Daws Butler

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-52
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Daws Butler at Lantz
  • First onscreen credit for Jack Cosgriff at Lantz since his departure in 1948
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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Get Lost

Get Lost

Release Date: 3/12/56
Direction: Paul J. Smith
Story: Jack Cosgriff
Animation: Herman R. Cohen, Gil Turner, and Robert Bentley
Settings: Art Landy
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Voices: June Foray (uncredited) and Dal McKennon

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-54
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Gil Turner at Lantz
  • The first animated appearance of Splinter and Knothead.
  • Reissued as Hansel and Gretel by Castle Films.
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 7 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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The Ostrich Egg and I

The Ostrich Egg and I

Release Date: 4/9/56
Direction: Alex Lovy
Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and Laverne Harding
Story: Homer Brightman
Music: Eugene Poddany
Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
Voices: Grace Stafford and Daws Butler

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-56
  • First onscreen credit for Grace Stafford at Lantz
  • The first musical score by Eugene Poddany
  • The first Maggie and Sam cartoon. Since the two characters were so successful in Crazy Mixed Up Pup (1955), Alex Lovy decided to cast them in their own short-lived series.
  • This cartoon's title is a play on the 1947 Universal feature The Egg and I starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray.
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 6 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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Chief Charlie Horse

Chief Charlie Horse

Release Date: 5/7/56
Direction: Paul J. Smith
Animation: Robert Bentley, Herman R. Cohen, and Ray Abrams
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Settings: Art Landy
Story: Jack Cosgriff
Voices: Dal McKennon

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-58
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Jack Cosgriff at Lantz
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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Room and Wrath

Room and Wrath

Release Date: 6/4/56
Direction: Alex Lovy
Animation: Laverne Harding, Ray Abrams, and Don Patterson
Story: Homer Brightman
Settings: Raymond Jacobs
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Voice: Daws Butler

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-57
  • A Chilly Willy cartoon
  • Originally storyboarded by Tex Avery
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (Edited TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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Woodpecker From Mars

Woodpecker From Mars

Release Date: 7/2/56
Direction: Paul J. Smith
Animation: Herman R. Cohen, Robert Bentley, and Laverne Harding
Story: Homer Brightman
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
Voice: Dal McKennon

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-59
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from Termites From Mars (1952)
  • "Captain Zoom" is actually a caricature of Dal McKennon. "Zoom" was based on a character called "Captain Jet" who McKennon played on a local Los Angeles television station at the time.
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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Hold That Rock

Hold That Rock

Release Date: 7/30/56
Direction: Alex Lovy
Animation: Ray Abrams and Laverne Harding
Story: Homer Brightman
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
Voices: Daws Butler
"Chilly Willy" Vocal By: "Wee" Bonnie Baker

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-63
  • A Chilly Willy cartoon
  • Originally storyboarded by Tex Avery
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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The Talking Dog

The Talking Dog

Release Date: 8/27/56
Direction: Alex Lovy
Animation: Ray Abrams and Laverne Harding
Story: Homer Brightman
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
Voices: Grace Stafford and Daws Butler

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-61
  • A Sam and Maggie cartoon
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 8 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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Calling All Cuckoos

Calling All Cuckoos

Release Date: 9/24/56
Direction: Paul J. Smith
Story: Homer Brightman
Animation: Les Kline and Robert Bentley
Settings: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs
Music: Clarence Wheeler

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-62
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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Niagara Fools

Niagara Fools

Release Date: 10/22/56
Direction: Paul J. Smith
Animation: Les Kline and Robert Bentley
Story: Milt Schaffer and Dick Kinney
Settings: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Voices: Bob Johnson

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-64
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Dick Kinney at Lantz
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 13 (DVD; Columbia House)

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Arts and Flowers

Arts and Flowers

Release Date: 11/19/56
Direction: Paul J. Smith
Animation: Don Patterson, Robert Bentley, and Herman R. Cohen
Story: Homer Brightman and Frank J. Goldberg
Settings: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Voice: Dal McKennon

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-60
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 6 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)
    • Walter Lantz Presents: Woody Woodpecker: Collector's Edition, Vol. 2 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
    • Walter Lantz Presents: Woody Woodpecker: Collector's Edition (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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Woody Meets Davy Crewcut

Woody Meets Davy Crewcut

Release Date: 12/17/56
Direction: Alex Lovy
Animation: Ray Abrams and Laverne Harding
Story: Homer Brightman
Settings: Raymond Jacobs
Voices: Daws Butler
Music: Clarence Wheeler

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-66
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Video availability:
    • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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