- Wet Blanket Policy
Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = Wet Blanket Policy
series = Woody Woodpecker
director = Dick Lundy
Fred Brunish Lester Kline Ken O'Brien
George Tibbles Ramey Idriess Kay Kyser Gloria Wood Harry Babbitt Darrell Calker
Walter Lantz Productions
release_date = flagicon|US
August 20, 1948
movie_language = English
preceded_by = "
followed_by = "
Wild and Woody!"
imdb_id = 0040958
name = Buzz Buzzard
first = Wet Blanket Policy (1948)
last = Miniature Golf Mayhem (2003)
Lionel Stander(1948-1951) Dal McKennon(1952-1972) Daws Butler(1964) Mark Hamill( The New Woody Woodpecker Show, 1999-2003)
relatives = Woody Woodpecker (Buzz's rival)
rivals = Woody Woodpecker
"Wet Blanket Policy" is the 29th
animated cartoon short subjectin the " Woody Woodpecker" series. Released theatrically on August 20, 1948, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productionsand distributed by United Artists.
Confidence man Buzz Buzzard (
Lionel Stander) is looking for a fresh suckerto swindle. Looking off in the distance, Buzz sees happy-go-lucky Woody Woodpecker, whistling down the street. The cunning buzzard quickly assembles a makeshift insurance office, and then greases the sidewalk, causing Woody to slide directly into office. Buzz then convinces Woody that he needs an insurance policy, with the fine print clearly stating that Buzz receives a lucrative payment should Woody accidentally die. The buzzard then actively tries his best to eliminate Woody.
"The Woody Woodpecker Song" and Buzz Buzzard
"Wet Blanket Policy" is notable for several debuts. First, the film was the first appearance of Woody Woodpecker's theme song, "The Woody Woodpecker Song." Written by
George Tibblesand Ramey Idriess, the song was performed by Kay Kyser, with Gloria Woodproviding vocals and Harry Babbittchiming in with Woody's trademark laugh. The song was a smash hit, selling over 250,000 records within ten days of its release. Cashing in on the unexpected popularity, Walter Lantzhastily inserted the tune into "Wet Blanket Policy", his latest film in production as the time (which explains why the action and music do not match up for the first minute of the film). As a result of including "The Woody Woodpecker Song" in "Wet Blanket Policy ", the song became the first and only tune from an animated short subject to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Song. [ [http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0040958/trivia imdb.com] ] Lantz adopted the song as Woody's theme music from then on.
Secondly, "Wet Blanket Policy" prominently featured Woody's new adversary, Buzz Buzzard. Buzz proved to be a more popular foil for Woody than
Wally Walrus, who appeared less frequently in "Woody" cartoons after this film. Buzz would appear with the famous woodpecker steadily until 1955's " Bunco Busters", when he was replaced by Dapper Denver Dooley. Lionel Standerprovided the voice of Buzz Buzzard for his first four appearances. When Stander was blacklisted in 1951, Dal McKennon stepped in as Buzz as well as Dooley.
*Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. " [http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1948.html 1948] ". "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia".
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