Woody Woodpecker "Birds of a Feather" and "Woody and the Beanstalk" (found original audio of theatrical animated shorts; 1965-1966)
The English title for "Birds of a Feather."
23 Jun 2017 ("Woody and the Beanstalk") / 20 May 2018 ("Birds of a Feather")
Found by: C4N4L78, and Recordo Obscura
Woody Woodpecker was an animated cartoon character created by Walter Lantz for Universal Studios, and particularly known for his trademark laughter. He was featured in over 190+ theatrical shorts produced by Walter Lantz's animation studios. The first 90 of his starring cartoon shorts are available on the two "Classic Cartoon Collection" DVD sets.
Recently, the Woody cartoons from 1959 until the final one released in 1972, and of which the majority are only circulating on video sites dubbed into foreign languages, were recently recovered in English via a MySpleen torrent. However, two of the cartoons that are included in this collection lack their respective English audio.
Plot[edit | edit source]
"Birds of a Feather" (March 1965, directed by Sid Marcus) - Woody pesters one of his regular antagonists, Miss Meany, who is bird-watching.
"Woody and the Beanstalk" (March 1966, directed by Paul J. Smith) - A retelling of the fairy-tale, Jack and the Beanstalk, in which Woody climbs a magical beanstalk after unknowingly buying magical beans for Miss Meany (unbeknownst to her). He ends up above the clouds and discovers a castle belonging to a giant (however, the only one that is living in the castle is a normal-sized middle-aged man).
Availability[edit | edit source]
These two, similar to many of the Woody cartoons unreleased on DVD as of yet, are largely circulating with either Russian or Spanish dubbed audio, depending on the video host, and their original English audio has not been recovered.
A link to many of the previously missing English shorts (with the exception of these two) can be found via the RAR file here, with a MEGA or Dropbox folder of its contents needed as well.
On June 23rd, 2017, Lost Media Wiki founder Dycaite got an email from C4N4L78 containing the English version of the short "Woody and the Beanstalk." C4N4L78 says that it was (at the time) airing the English version of the episode in Brazil. The episode has been uploaded to Vimeo on the Lost Media Wiki channel. It has also been uploaded as a backup to Dropbox by LMW user 19MagicNumbers with its opening titles added in as they were previously missing from the recording sent to the wiki.
On May 20th, 2018, the English version of "Birds of a Feather" was made available online after a copy of a vinyl record titled Woody Woodpecker and his Wacky Friends – containing the audio of the short along with five others – caught the attention of fans. Since this audio also contained narration not originally found on the short, excerpts of the available Brazilian recording were spliced in to clean it up – material courtesy of C4N4L78, Raphael' and Alexandre Bizzolato in addition to the original found on Recordo Obscura.
Videos[edit | edit source]
Gallery for Birds of a Feather[edit | edit source]
Gallery for Woody and the Beanstalk[edit | edit source]
External Links[edit | edit source]
- The page where the "Birds of a Feather" pictures were found.
- The page where the "Woody and the Beanstalk" pictures were found.
- Woody the Woodpecker's Dropbox files.
- The Google Drive link to the English episode of "Woody and the Beanstalk".
- 4shared link to the English version of "Birds of a Feather".
- Internet Archive page containing all of the missing English Woody shorts, including the English versions of "Birds of a Feather" and "Woody and the Beanstalk".
References[edit | edit source]
- The RAR folder containing the previously missing English shorts + all others except for the 2 mission ones. Retrieved 19 Jun '17
- The Dropbox link to the English version of "Woody and the Beanstalk". Retrieved 23 Jun '17
- Recordo Obscura: the soundtrack of nobody's life: Woody Woodpecker and his Wacky Friends. Reuploaded in May '18