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Woody Woodpecker

Comparison of the voice actors who have been the voice of Woody Woodpecker with sound clips and images.
Franchise: Woody Woodpecker

Woody Woodpecker is a fictional animated character anthropomorphic woodpecker who appeared in theatrical short films produced by the Walter Lantz Studio and distributed by Universal Pictures during the golden age of American animation. He was originally portrayed as a crazed, mischievous hyperactive woodpecker bent on ruining the days of people who crossed him. As years passed, his personality simmered down to a more "funny cartoon animal" personality, no longer being as hyperactive until the late 90's and 00's.


Woody was created in 1940 by Lantz and storyboard artist Ben "Bugs" Hardaway, who had previously laid the groundwork for two other screwball characters, Bugs Bunny and Daffy Duck, at the Warner Bros. cartoon studio in the late 1930s. Woody's character and design evolved over the years, from an insane bird with an unusually garish design to a more refined looking and acting character in the vein of the later Chuck Jones version of Bugs Bunny. Woody was originally voiced by prolific voice actor Mel Blanc who, after signing an exclusive contract with Warner Brothers, was succeeded by Danny Webb, Kent Rogers, Ben Hardaway, and Grace Stafford in the shorts. After Grace, he was voiced by Billy West, Eric Kelso, and Eric Bauza.

Created by Bry on Jun 17 2019

EDITOR'S OPINION

Ah, Woody Woodpecker. The cartoon character that fell out of the public eye for years except if you take a trip to Florida or California.

Mel Blanc - The forefather of voice over himself. His Woody, while ringing shades of his wacky Daffy Duck character, perfectly shows off a manic, crazed woodpecker. The laugh is perfectly annoying, and his voice shows off an aggressive character who doesn't know what he gets himself into.

Danny Webb - Danny sounds close to Mel and does a decent job pulling off the wacky woodpecker. Still, you could tell that there's less of an aggressive wild side with his voice.

Kent Rogers - He's fine, but he makes Woody sound more dopey than a zany wacky woodpecker. As a result, he sounds more dimwitted than screwy.

Ben Hardaway - Ben "Bugs" Hardaway sounds closer to Mel's take than Kent, and does a fine job giving Woody his personality while the character evolved with the times.

Grace Stafford - Even if Grace was the longest running voice for Woody Woodpecker, and does a fine job with his voice, I never really cared for her take. Will give her props for sticking to Woody for so long, but my problem is that her material could've applied to any other cartoon character, thus making her Woody rather plain aside from the laugh.

Cherry Davis - Not enough material, she's okay.

Billy West - Not the first time taking over for Mel, Billy oozes the energy and personality that Blanc originated for the role. Probably my favorite role that Billy has taken over for the guy. Also the laugh, is too, amazing.

Eric Kelso - Sounds super unnatural and you can tell that his voice was pitched up. Sides from that, the voice sounds super nasal and hollow.

Eric Bauza - Not the first time taking over for Mel, he hits the same notes as Billy did. He's energetic, wild and zany. My only gripe with his take is not actually on him, but rather the audio quality sounds kinda muffled (you can tell with the other audio in the clip that it isn't the quality of the recording).

1. Mel
2. Billy
3. Bauza
4. Danny
5. Hardaway
6. Grace
7. Cherry
8. Kent
9. Kelso


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