According to Walter Lantz's press agent, the idea for Woody came during the producer's honeymoon with his wife, Gracie, in Sherwood Lake, California. He came in at number 25 on Animal Planet's list of The 50 Greatest Movie Animals in 2004. Universal repackaged the cartoons for another syndicated Woody Woodpecker Show in 1987. It ran from 1957 to 1958 then entered syndication until 1966. The bird was redesigned once again for these new cartoons, this time by animator LaVerne Harding. List of Walter Lantz cartoon characters Jump to ... Woody Woodpecker (1940, anthropomorphic woodpecker) Buzz Buzzard (1948, anthropomorphic buzzard) Dapper Denver Dooley (1955, human) Duffy Dog (1963, anthropomorphic dog) Gabby Gator (1960, anthropomorphic alligator) Ms. Meany (1963, human) Professor Dingledong (1955, human) Professor Großenfibber (1965, human) Splinter & … Woody has a motion picture star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on 7000 Hollywood Boulevard. Financial problems within United Artists during the aftermath of the Paramount case caused financial problems within the studio, and by the end of 1948, Lantz had to shut his studio down. Former Disney animators such as Fred Moore and Ed Love began working at Lantz, and assisted Lundy in adding touches of the Disney style to Woody's cartoons. The Walter Lantz Story with Woody Woodpecker And Friends, The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, The Woody of Knock Knock was designed by animator Alex Lovy. As both Walter and Gracie told Dallas attorney Rod Phelps during a visit, Walter wanted to shoot the thing, but Gracie suggested that her husband make a cartoon about the bird, and thus Woody was born. Puny Express, released by Universal-International in 1951, was the first to be released, followed by Sleep Happy. Blanc sued Lantz and lost, but Lantz settled out of court when Blanc filed an appeal. Woody Woodpecker first appeared in the film Knock Knock on November 25, 1940. A noisy woodpecker outside their cabin kept the couple awake at night, and when a heavy rain started, they learned that the bird had bored holes in their cabin's roof. Search eBay faster with PicClick. Once Warner Bros. signed Blanc up to an exclusive contract, Woody's voice-over work was taken over by Ben Hardaway, who would voice the woodpecker for the rest of the decade. Like Woody, Winnie received a redesign that made her look almost exactly like Woody did from 1947 until 1972, with the obvious differences being that she was a female woodpecker and had blue eyes. Beginning with the 1950 feature film Destination Moon, which featured a brief segment of Woody explaining rocket propulsion, Woody's voice was taken over for this and following films by Lantz's wife, Grace Stafford. The Woody Woodpecker Show was named the 88th best animated series by IGN. For 1955's The Tree Medic, one last makeover was given to the woodpecker, making Woody's eye a simple black dot and taking away the green/hazel iris he'd had since his beginnings. With his innate chutzpah and brash demeanor, the character was a natural hit during World War II. According to Walter Lantz's press agent, the idea for Woody came during the producer's honeymoon with his wife, Gracie, in Sherwood Lake, California. These shorts have no director's credit, as Lantz claimed to have directed them himself (despite the fact it has been speculated to be directed by another). Though not the first of the screwball characters that became popular in the 1940s, Woody is perhaps the most indicative of the type. Woody's original voice actor, Mel Blanc, would stop performing the character after the first four cartoons to work exclusively for Leon Schlesinger Productions (later renamed Warner Bros. Cartoons), producer of Warner Bros.' Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies.