Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs #18: Woody Woodpecker
Being one of the oldest cartoons on this list, there were many versions of Woody Woodpecker. In the beginning (1940), Woody was completely insane, as if he had been made from the Daffy Duck mold. He also looked too thin, his beak was long, his feet were large, his face was goofy, and his feathers were the dull Technicolors. Over the years, he was drawn slightly different each time, and he matured into a smart, clever bird, with an almost pleasant personality.
His theme song went through several versions as well. “The Woody Woodpecker Song” was first heard in a 1948 short called “Wet Blanket Policy”, and became the first and only song from an animated short subject to be nominated for the Academy Award for Best Song. The 50’s-60’s version of the TV theme song seemed like the best to make it to #18 on our list of the Greatest TV Cartoon Theme Songs. Later versions of The Woody Woodpecker Show would have more characters than just Woody on it, and the theme song changed to reflect those additional characters. To this day, the original theme song is still one of the most recognized themes in existence.
Originally aired on TV: October 3, 1957
Written By: George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss – “The Woody Woodpecker Song”.
Original TV Music arranged by: Darrell Calker
Woody’s Voice in the Cartoon Opening Theme: Mel Blanc’s voice would be heard saying “Guess who?” at the beginning of every cartoon for the duration of the Woody Woodpecker series, even though Grace Stafford was the voice of Woody for the cartoons from 1950-1972.
Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha, Ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha-ha