Animator Walter Lantz is famous for his Woody Woodpecker cartoons. When movie director George Pal came to the United States from his native Hungary, Mr. Lantz helped him to become a citizen of the United States. Mr. Pal paid tribute to his friend by putting Woody Woodpecker (in a number of guises) in his movies. Greg Ross of the website Futility Closet wrote an article in which he listed many of these appearances: “In Destination Moon (1950), a Woody Woodpecker cartoon explains the principles of space travel. In When Worlds Collide (1951), Woody is visible in an airport scene at the beginning of the film. In War of the Worlds (1953), Woody’s figure is visible among the branches of a tree as the Martian spacecraft first fly over. In Tom Thumb (1958), Woody’s laugh can be heard during a Russ Tamblyn dance sequence. In The Time Machine (1960), a little girl drops a Woody Woodpecker doll. In The Power (1968), George Hamilton looks in a store window and sees a mechanical Woody.” Mr. Pal’s last movie was Doc Savage: Man of Bronze (1975). At the end of the movie, a Boy Scout helps a little old lady cross the street. The little old woman is Grace Stafford, who is Mr. Lantz’ wife. She is one of the actors who voiced Woody Woodpecker.
For More Information: Greg Ross, “Bird Watching.” Futility Closet. 14 August 2012 <http://www.futilitycloset.com/2012/08/14/bird-watching/14>.