Woody Woodpecker (cartoon)

    (Theatrical cartoons since 1940;
     Shown on various children's TV series during the early 1950s;
     "Fun At Five", ABC (1957 - 1958);
     "Woody Woodpecker And His Friends" Syndicated (circa 1963);
     "The Woody Woodpecker Show", reruns on NBC (1970 - 1972);

    [Created by Walter Lantz who was bothered by a noisy woodpecker
     on his honeymoon night, this popular pesky manic bird was an
     audience favorite in theatrical shorts for decades; The shorts
     were produced by Lantz and released through United Artists;

     Woody was also the star of a late 1950s TV cartoon show which
     first aired on ABC for a season; The series was a mixture
     of some old theatrical cartoons and newer ones which Lantz
     produced in a newer style of limited animation (introduced by
     Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward Productions); Lantz kept releasing
     new packages of shows for syndication and later on for NBC;

     In 1952, a new voice actor was needed for the voice of Woody
     Woodpecker, 50 actors were recorded for Lantz to choose from;
     The one Lantz chose in this blind audition was his own wife,
     the former Grace Stafford, a broadway and early film actress
     who became the voice of the cartoon character briefly; but
     the ubiquitous Mel Blanc portrayed the wacko character most
     often, and director Ben Hardaway himself even did the voice
     for awhile...]

Signature Theme: "Woody Woodpecker"

    [Above is title on published sheet music in 1948;
     aka: "The Woody Woodpecker Song";
     aka: "The Woody Wood-pecker Song";

     The song was a hit when it was introduced by Kay Kyser and
     his band in 1948; other recordings were by Glenn Miller,
     The Andrews Sisters, and voice artist Mel Blanc.]

     Composers: words & music by George F. Tibbles (ASCAP), and
                words & music by Ramey Idriss (ASCAP)

     Original Publisher [on orig. sheet music]: 
                     Leeds Music Corporation (ASCAP).
                        of New York, NY

     2001 Publisher: Universal-MCA Music Publishing (ASCAP),
                        a div. of Universal Studios, Inc.
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Dates: 1947 and 1948 (on orig. sheet music)
     Unpublished Copyright filed under the title "The Woody Wood-pecker Song":
     Copyright Date: Dec. 24, 1947; EU 111 676.
     Renewal   Date: Jan.  6, 1975; R  595 568.
     Published Copyright filed under the title "Woody Woodpecker":
     Copyright Date: June 21, 1948; EP  27 918.
     Renewal   Date: June 23, 1975; R  607 576. 

            78 rpm by Kay Kyser and his Orchestra
                   Columbia 38197

Theme 2 (circa 1963): "Cartoon Show Time"

    [Above is the title as filed for copyright, but it may be
     an attempt to correct the spelling of "Cartune" as seen
     on cue sheets, etc...

     ASCAP title: "Cartune <sic> Show Time (Signature)";
     ASCAP title variation...aka: "Cartune Show";

     According to Steve Gelfand's book "Television Theme Recordings:
     An Illustrated Discography (1951 - 1994)", this composition
     was the THEME of the Syndicated TV series known as "Woody
     Woodpecker And His Friends" although Gelfand erroneously
     identifies the composer as "Bernard Green" instead of the 
     correct composer whose name was "Walter Greene".
     Walter Greene and Judy Zahler also have an ASCAP credit
     under the title "The Woody Woodpecker Show", published by
     Lantz Music Corporation -- which may have referred to cues,
     or an alternate listing for this composition on cue sheets.]

     Composers: music by Walter W. Greene (ASCAP) and
                lyric by Judy Zahler (ASCAP)

     1978 Publisher: Lantz Music Corporation (ASCAP)

     2001 Publisher: Lantz Music Corporation (ASCAP)
                        c/o Universal Music Publishing Group
                        a div. of Univesal Studios, Inc.
                        of Los Angeles, CA

     Copyright Date: Aug. 26, 1963; Eu 786 702.
     Renewal   Date: Sep. 23, 1991; RE-546-788.


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