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  • Producers: Walter Lantz
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Animated, Box set, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: April 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 508 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0011XFOIS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #50,998 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Behind-the-Scenes with Walter Lantz: Creating Woody Woodpecker (Episode #2), Timing a Cartoon (Episode #11), Character Movement (Episode #12), Photographing Animation Cels (Episode #13), The Animator's Job (Episode #14), Using Backgrounds (Episode #15))
  • Behind-the-Scenes with Walter Lantz (The Inking Department (Episode #17), The Painting Department (Episode #18), Drawing with Walter Lantz (Episode #20), Sound Effects in Cartoons (Episode #22), Storyboarding Woody Woodpecker (Episode #24))
  • Rare TV Pilot Episodes (The Secret Weapon (TV Pilot Episode), Jungle Medics (TV Pilot Episode))
  • The Woody Woodpecker Show Episode #47

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    It's time for more crazy tricks and treats with your favorite feathered friend in The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2! 75 hilarious theatrical cartoons from creator Walter Lantz are presented completely uncut and digitally remastered including 3 Academy Award nominees. Enjoy the side-splitting fun and wacky adventures of Woody along with Chilly Willy, Andy Panda, Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard and Woody's nephew and niece - Knothead and Splinter. Featuring rare Musical Miniature and Swing Symphony cartoons plus appearances by Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Windy the Bear, Maggie and Sam and Inspector Willoughby, this outrageous collection is non-stop fun for fans of all ages!

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    The second installment in "The Walter Lantz Archive" includes 45 Woody Woodpecker cartoons from 1952 to 1958, and an assortment of films made between the early '30s and the mid-'60s. During the '50s, when the Warner Bros. directors were crafting some of the funniest cartoons ever made and MGM's "Tom and Jerry" series was winning Oscars, the Lantz shorts ranked as second-rate at best. Although some talented artists worked on them, the Woody films from this era feel stale and formulaic: the gags lack punch and the character never develops as a personality. Five Oswald the Lucky Rabbit films qualify as genuine rarities. Walt Disney and Ub Iwerks created the character; Universal's Carl Laemmle took Oswald from Disney and ultimately gave him to Lantz. "Carnival Capers" (1932), "Five and Dime" (1933), and "Wax Works" (1934) reveal just how strongly the early Oswald resembled Mickey, down to the two-button shorts and chunky shoes. But the animation remains crude, rubbery and weightless. The most interesting of these cartoons is "Puppet Show" (1936), which juxtaposes live action footage of marionettes with drawn animation of the same characters. At this point, Oswald, who pulls the puppets' strings, had been re-designed to look like a white Easter Bunny. "A Haunting We Will Go" (1939), starring Li'l Eight Ball, a forgotten stereotypical African American boy, exemplifies the dubious ethnic humor that was popular at the time in America. The extras include a dozen of Lantz's short explanations of the animation process from "The Woody Woodpecker Show." (Unrated, suitable for ages 10 and older: cartoon violence, alcohol and tobacco use, ethnic and racial stereotypes) --Charles Solomon

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    Either way, it makes for a nice departure from the standard Lantz cartoons of that time.
    Paul J. Mular
    As an avid movie buff, especially when it comes to classic films like this one, this is a definite welcome to my large and growing home library collection.
    Wa2oosy
    I loved watching this when I was a kid, now I love remembering all the memories from watching this.
    H. Wright

    Most Helpful Customer Reviews

    48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Biryanifan on April 11, 2008
    "If Woody had gone straight to the police, this would NEVER have happened..." (from BUNCO BUSTERS)

    I share some fans' viewpoint that the 1940s Woody starring vehicles are the best. But many Woody viewers appreciate the 1950s Woody shorts -- the body of this collection -- for other reasons. These are the Woody shorts from which generations of nostalgia come.
    "The story you are about to see is a big fat lie..." "Now I've gotcha, Chief Charlie Horse!" "YAAAAAY!" "Make with them keys, Maestro, and don't stop!" Face it: you remember these beloved Woody cliches even if you no longer recall the specific cartoons (UNDER THE COUNTER SPY, CHIEF CHARLIE HORSE, NIAGARA FOOLS, CONVICT CONCERTO) from which they come. You're getting them. All of them.

    And that's not even starting on the supporting features, a mini-anthology of highly inspired choices. Andy Panda's MOUSIE COME HOME envisions codependence in crazed cartoon form; Chilly Willy's HALF-BAKED ALASKA has its unforgettable patter routine ("More butter? More syrup?"); and THE HAMS THAT COULDN'T BE CURED is a hot jazz Three Little Pigs send-up.
    Finally there's Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, the star Walter Lantz inherited from an earlier (1927-28) Walt Disney/Ub Iwerks regime at Universal. Disney reacquired some rights to Oswald in 2006; last year saw a selection released in their Walt Disney Treasures line. But Universal retained rights to its own Oswald material, and Woody Vol. 2 brings us another small, tempting quintet.
    The inventive, vital black and white classics are a fascinatingly different viewing experience from anything else on this box, as wannabe hero Oswald is smacked by Tex Avery's earliest gags. A long-lost color Oswald featuring girlfriend Fanny, SPRINGTIME SERENADE, is here too.
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    56 of 61 people found the following review helpful By Paul J. Mular TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 30, 2008
    This set will have 45 Woody Woodpecker Cartoons spanning from 1952-1958. The trouble is that director Paul J. Smith (boo) was only interested in bringing the cartoons in under budget, creativity was not an issue for him. He started taking over Woody in 1955 and the cartoons started to became mediocre.

    The GOOD NEWS is that there will also be non-Smith Woodys and 30 Walter Lantz non-Woody cartoons produced from 1930-1960 in this set, and these classics will be well worth getting this for! With DVDs you can just skip over the Paul J. Smith clunkers and cue the menu to these.

    The Classic Cartoons will include these new-to-DVD titles:
    SHE DONE HIM RIGHT (1933) w/Pooch The Pup B&W
    FIVE AND DIME (1933) w/Oswald Rabbit B&W
    WAX WORKS (1934) w/Oswald Rabbit B&W
    SPRINGTIME SERENADE (1935)
    A-HAUNTING WE WILL GO (1939)
    FAIR TODAY (1941)
    BOOGIE WOOGIE MAN (1943) A Swing Symphony
    THE PAINTER AND THE POINTER (1944) w/ Andy Panda
    + 22 more!

    The Woody Woodpecker cartoons in this set are:
    (previously released to DVD by Columbia House unless noted "new to DVD")

    1952
    TERMITES FROM MARS (Don Patterson)

    1953
    WHAT'S SWEEPIN' (Don Patterson)
    BUCCANEER WOODPECKER (Don Patterson)
    OPERATION SAWDUST (Don Patterson)
    WRESTLING WRECKS (Don Patterson)
    BELLE BOYS (Don Patterson)
    HYPNOTIC HICK (Don Patterson) - originally shot in 3-D, but this will be standard 2-D here.
    HOT NOON (spoofing the movie High Noon) (Paul J. Smith)

    1954
    SOCKO IN MOROCCO (Don Patterson) - new to DVD!
    ALLEY TO BALI ( aka Bali Ho ) (Don Patterson)
    UNDER THE COUNTER SPY ( aka Secret Agent FOB, a Dragnet spoof) (Don Patterson)
    HOT ROD HUCKSTER (Paul J.
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    21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By F. Reyes on April 21, 2008
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    This is the Woody Woodpecker I remember from when I was a child in the 80's. I know these episodes are older, but they are the one's I used to watch on the FOX channel when I was little. I love them and they brought back so many memories. My favorite is "Witch Craftey". I remember watching this one with my brother when we were little and we laughed so hard we cried. I was excited to see it in this collection. Though not as funny now as it was when I was a child, it did provide a few laughs, but most important, made me relive my child hood for a little bit.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Green Manalishi on December 17, 2010
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    This is the one I was looking for and the one I grew up on mostly. I was a little disappointed with the first volume as it was all old Woody - i.e. loony crazy Woody with a big beak, wild eyes, and an obnoxious personality to match. That's volume one Woody. Some people actually prefer the old Woody - I never did. I didn't like the original Daffy Duck either. They were just too buffoonish and slapstick - a poor substitute for wit. Volume 1 is still worth picking up - the Chilly Willy episodes are great as are some of the older more obscure cartoons - but the Woody cartoons - blah.

    Now to Volume 2. The Woody in these shows actually start to resemble the Woody on the DVD packaging. The cartoons are presented in chronological order which lets you see Woody's shape and character evolve (into a much cuter, more intelligent and likable bird!) and the storylines become more clever and funny as well. I have yet to finish these cartoons but I like where they're going. Give me the 50s Woody over those that came before any day. This is the set I was looking for.

    DVD packaging is very well done. For each of the 3 discs, there is a little write up on what was going on behind the scenes at the time and who was doing what. There's a page of explanation for each of the characters: Woody, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, Knothead and Splinter, Space Mouse.

    The episodes selection list is printed inside the box with dates for each episode. There are lots of bonus features (which I haven't watched). And most importantly, there are English SUBTITLES - yes! Also, Spanish and French - voice in English only.

    This is probably a better place to start than Vol 1 if you're introducing Woody to someone as he is quite charming here..
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