November 13, 2021

THE NEW WOODY WOODPECKER SHOW

 

THE NEW WOODY WOODPECKER SHOW
(FOX, May 8, 1999-July 27, 2002)
 
Universal Cartoon Studios, Universal Television
 
 
MAIN CAST:
Billy West – Woody Woodpecker, Wally Walrus, Smedley, Dr. Doug Nutts, various
B. J. Ward – Winnie Woodpecker, Mother Nature
Elizabeth Daily – Knothead
Nika Futterman – Splinter
Mark Hamill – Buzz Buzzard, Tweaky Da Lackey, Creepy Badger
Andrea Martin – Miss Meany
 
 
            When quality issues began to plague Universal Studios’ hit Oswald the Lucky Rabbit short series, the studio fired his original handlers Charles Mintz and George Winkler and sought to set up its own in-house animation studio. Walter Lantz won the chance (literally, in a poker game) to head up Universal Cartoons Studios in 1928 and took over production of Oswald. Unfortunately for Lantz, he faced two problems: Universal’s ongoing financial troubles at the time--while allowing him to take his studio independent as Walter Lantz Productions in 1935--also affected his cash flow, and Oswald’s popularity was on the decline. To survive, he would need another hit star and they began experimenting with a variety of characters. He finally found that character in 1939 with Andy Panda. However, an even bigger star would emerge within Andy’s 1940 short Knock Knock: Woody Woodpecker.

The original look for Woody Woodpecker.


            Lantz would go on to say that the inspiration for the character came during his honeymoon with his new wife, actress Grace Stafford (which would be a neat trick, considering they wouldn’t be married until almost a year after his first appearance). A noisy woodpecker outside their cabin kept them awake at night, and discovered that what it was pecking at was their roof—thanks to the eventual rainfall coming through it. Stafford convinced him he could use it as the inspiration for a new character. Designed by Alex Lovy, Woody was rendered with some artistic license and took heavy inspiration from the pileated woodpecker. When Woody was spun off into his own series of shorts, it marked a directorial style change for the studio as they took an approach similar to Tex Avery’s madcap style (although, interestingly enough, Avery himself never worked on Woody during his time with Lantz).

Woody squaring off with a large owl.


        Woody was depicted as a mischievous screwball character not unlike the early iterations of Daffy Duck and Bugs Bunny, and coincidentally initially shared their voice actor: Mel Blanc. Blanc’s Woody voice was similar to his early Daffy (minus the lisp) and he transferred over Bugs’ predecessor Happy Rabbit’s laugh. Blanc, however, only voiced Woody for his first three shorts before beginning his exclusive contract with Warner Bros. He was replaced by Danny Webb for a short, and then Kent Rogers, Dick Nelson and Ben Hardaway (who was credited as Woody’s co-creator and wrote or co-wrote most of his shorts). A recording of Blanc’s laugh and his “Guess who?” during Woody’s intro were retained throughout, which eventually resulted in legal action by Blanc against Lantz as Woody’s popularity grew. Blanc ultimately lost his case, but Lantz settled with him and stopped using the laugh recording; however, his “Guess who?” remained for the duration of the series.

Woody sporting his new look.


            Woody’s brash attitude helped make him a hit during the days of World War II with his likeness appearing on aircraft nose art, in mess halls overseas, and as audiences watched him deal with familiar problems of the day related to the war effort. The 1943 Woody cartoon The Dizzy Acrobat was the first to be nominated for an Academy Award. In 1944, animator Emery Hawkins and layout artist Art Heinemann gave Woody a slight makeover for the short The Barber of Seville, making him rounder and cuter with a brighter smile and a simplified color scheme. In 1946, Disney veteran Dick Lundy was hired to direct Woody’s shorts and decided to make Woody a more defensive character, flipping out only when given a reason. He also paid closer attention to the animation, making his shorts very Disney-esque (aided by the eventual hiring of fellow Disney animators Fred Moore and Ed Love). The following year, Woody got his own theme song when George Tibbles and Ramey Idriss wrote “The Woody Woodpecker Song”, which made use of his signature laugh. It was the first song from a short to be nominated for an Academy Award, became a hit single when recorded by Kay Kyser with Harry Babbitt interrupting vocalist Gloria Wood with the laugh, and would even end up covered by Blanc. Lantz himself would eventually integrate Woody into his studio’s logo as a knight on horseback with a lance.

Woody's foes (from top): Wally Walrus, Buzz Buzzard, Dapper Denver Dooley, Gabby Gator and Ms. Meany.


            Woody was given recurring antagonists over the course of his series. The first was Wally Walrus (Jack Mather, using a Swedish accent), who made his debut in 1944’s The Beach Nut. Wally was short-tempered and dim-witted, and was often found humming “My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean” to himself. 1948’s Wet Blanket Policy brought in Wally’s replacement, Buzz Buzzard (Lionel Stander). Buzz was a vulture that was always looking for ways to swindle Woody out of money or food. In 1955, Buzz ended up being replaced by the human character Dapper Denver Dooley (Dallas McKennon) in Square Shootin’ Square, depicted with a large nose and a scraggly beard. The next one was hat and vest-wearing Gabby Gator (Daws Butler, using a southern accent), who first appeared in 1958’s Everglade Raid (where he was initially named “Al I. Gator”). As the title implied, he lived in Florida’s Okiedokie Swamp (a play on Lake Okeechobee) and found himself constantly needing to lure in food—chiefly, Woody. Finally, there was another human debuting in 1963’s Calling Dr. Woodpecker: Ms. Meany (Stafford), a woman who blamed an unspecified medical condition for her explosive short temper.

Woody looking spiffy for the 1950s.


            In 1947, contract negotiations with Universal fell through so Lantz began distributing cartoons through United Artists. Unfortunately, financial problems reared their ugly head again as United Artists was affected by the Paramount case of 1948, which prevented studios from block booking (or selling shorts and features in packages to theaters). The revenues from United were much lower than Universal, and once he maxed out the amount of loans he could take out, Lantz was forced to shut down the studio in 1949. Over the next year, the continued distribution of Woody shorts allowed Lantz to earn enough money to pay off the studio’s debts and reopen with a smaller staff back under Universal distribution. Stafford took over voicing the character beginning with his appearance in the film Destination Moon, having slipped a recording of herself into a stack of audition tapes Lantz claimed without his knowledge. Animator LaVerne Harding gave Woody another makeover, making him smaller, cuter and flipping the direction of his crest forward. One final design tweak came with making Woody’s eyes a simple black dot rather than the green/hazel iris he originally possessed. The shorts were also given a new intro: rather than Woody pecking onto the screen with his name already being displayed, Woody would peck onto the screen, announce himself, and then peck his name out of the wooden background.

Smedley disposing of Chilly Willy.


            In 1953, Lantz introduced their next popular creation: Chilly Willy. Created by director Paul Smith, Chilly Willy was a tiny cute penguin that wore a knit cap and was often in search of ways to keep warm or sources of food. His efforts to do so were frequently thwarted by a dog named Smedley (Butler, using his Huckleberry Hound voice). Chilly was a nuisance to Smedley, either interrupting something he was doing or showing up at his place of employ under an abusive boss. Sometimes that boss would be Colonel Pot Shot (Butler), a hunter that spoke in a calm voice until he exploded in rage while explaining what would happen to Smedley if he failed to capture Chilly. Chilly would also gain two friends: Maxie the Polar Bear (Butler) and Gooney the “Gooney Bird” Albatross (also Butler, impersonating Joe E. Brown). Originally, Chilly strongly resembled Woody until Avery modified his design and made him rounder and cuter. Sara Berner voiced Chilly in his debut Chilly Willy, but the character remained mute after until Butler assumed the role with 1965’s Half-Baked Alaska in a voice similar to his Elroy Jetson character. Chilly ended up starring in 50 shorts.



            By the end of the decade the business of theatrical shorts began to dry up. Lantz realized the only way to keep working was to release some of their product onto television. After striking up a sponsorship deal with Kellogg’s, the Woody shorts were packaged together and edited for television as The Woody Woodpecker Show in 1957 on ABC for the first year, and then in syndication until 1966. Each episode initially contained three shorts plus a newly-filmed live-action segment where Lantz would give some insight into the animation process. These were eventually replaced by Universal newsreels featuring voice-over commentary by Lantz and Woody. Because of Woody’s being on television, new shorts made during the decade had a noticeable change in his personality in order to meet with broadcast standards for their eventual incorporation into the package. Beginning with 1961’s Franken-Stymied, his manic antics were toned down to make him a serious straight man trying to do good. The show returned on NBC in 1970, running until 1972 with four shorts instead of three, then again in 1976 for an additional year. Local stations would continue airing it for the next few years after it left the networks.



            1972 also saw the end of the Lantz studio. Rising production costs and Universal’s sales practices made it impossible for him to stay in business as it would be a decade before his new shorts would show any profit. Lantz shut the studio down, throwing a farewell luncheon for his employees and gifting them all Woody watches. Lantz wasn’t done with Woody yet, however, as he’d spend a decade trying to get him a balloon in the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade; finally succeeding in 1982 and kept flying until age forced its retirement in 1996. In 1984, Lantz sold everything outright to Universal, although he remained active in overseeing how his characters were handled in future productions and merchandising until his death in 1994. In 1987, Universal repackaged the theatrical shorts into a new syndicated Woody Woodpecker Show. Two Woody shorts would bookend another--typically a Chilly Willy--and the show’s intro featured all of Lantz’s best-known creations running around a small town. The new series lasted until 1998 before heading to cable networks for additional airings. Also, Woody would make an appearance in the 1988 film Who Framed Roger Rabbit and starred in the 1991 PSA short film Let’s All Recycle with Woody Woodpecker.

Meany, as a postal worker, refusing to let Woody take his package unless he follows the rules.


            Around 1997, Universal decided to return Woody to his roots by restoring his pre-1950s design and his more antagonistic personality. It was this Woody that would end up starring in the first exclusively made-for-TV production The New Woody Woodpecker Show (titled without the “New” on screen). The series saw Woody (Billy West) living in a treehouse (although sometimes he was in a normal house or an apartment) on the property of his short-tempered landlady, Ms. Meany (Andrea Martin). Woody was depicted as a lazy moocher who would try to find ways out of doing any real work, however he was always up for playing sports—particularly golf as part of his Scottish heritage. Of course, standards and practices meant that he couldn’t be as violently antagonistic as he was during his theatrical career. Woody had a girlfriend, Winnie (B.J. Ward), who resembled Woody’s 1950s redesign but had blue eyes and a skirt. She could be as mischievously wacky as Woody, but had a more refined personality. She was also very ambitious, constantly looking to go into a different profession or take up an exciting new hobby. Winnie had previously appeared in only one short, but was more prominently featured in Woody comics. Additionally, their niece and nephew, Knothead (Elizabeth Daily) and Splinter (Nika Futterman), would appear to give Woody a headache. They were originally comics-exclusive characters but eventually found their way into the shorts.

Buzz putting his con on Knothead and Splinter.


            Returning were Woody’s chief antagonists. Wally (West, still using the Swedish accent) lived in the house next door (or in the same building) and was often at odds with Woody’s mischievous schemes. Unlike previous iterations of the character that had more walrus-appropriate skin, Wally was depicted with Caucasian skin in the series, and his tusks often seemed part of his mustache rather than coming from his mouth. Buzz Buzzard (Mark Hamill) was a greater foe to Woody, always looking to scam Woody and Winnie and always ended up outsmarted by them. He was given a new reluctant sidekick in the form of canary Tweakey Da Lackey (also Hamill). Additionally, there was a clean-shaven Dapper Denver Dooley (Jim Cummings), an obnoxious bully who always wanted to steal from Woody.

Maxie is unwilling to share his misbegotten gains with Chilly.


            Like the 1980s show, Chilly Willy was on hand in his own new set of adventures. With him came Smedley (West), who was portrayed as more of an authority figure than an antagonist and generally kept his calm demeanor (although Chilly often pushed that to the limit) and Maxie (alternatively voiced by Dan Castellaneta and Jonathan Harris), an intelligent polar bear struggling to be a vegetarian. New to the series were Sgt. Hogwash (Blake Clark), a military officer operating a military base in Chilly’s area, and his superior, Major Bull (Kevin Michael Richardson). Other characters included Mother Nature (Ward), a fairy who tasked Woody with fulfilling his role in nature; Creepy Badger (Hamill), who often served as an assistant to Woody’s foils; Dr. Doug Nutts (West), a doctor/scientist modeled after Don Knotts; and Woody’s father (Corey Burton).

Winnie not falling for any of Woody's crap.


            The New Woody Woodpecker Show debuted on FOX as part of the Fox Kids programming block on May 8, 1999. The series was created and developed by animator Bob Jaques, and co-developed by storyboard artist Kelly Armstrong. Jaques also served as one of the voice directors and co-supervising director for the first 13 episodes, leaving Ginny McSwain and Alan Zaslove alone in the respective roles afterwards. Episodes (except for one) were broken up into three segments: two featuring Woody bookending one that alternated featuring Chilly, Winnie or Knothead and Splinter on their own. During the first season, the series aired the 1955 Chilly short The Legend of Rockabye Point written by Michael Maltese and directed by Avery in place of a new Chilly segment. Much like the theatrical shorts it emulates, there was no strict continuity in the series. Aside from Woody, Wally and Meany alternating their living situations between houses and an apartment building, Wally and Meany could possess a variety of occupations which sometimes coincided with their not knowing Woody at all until he encountered them; however, their core personality traits remained intact. The same with Smedley and Chilly. Likewise, Woody never seemed to recognize Buzz regardless of how many times he tried to con him.



            The series was written by Eric Vesbit, Travis Clark, Robbie Thompson, Richard Pursel, Bill Wray, Drew Daywalt, David Schneider, Sherri Schrader, Jim Gomez, Eddie Fitzgerald, Len Janson, Sean Roche, Kelly Ward, Glen Leopold, Eleanor Burian-Mohr, Reed Shelly, Bruce Shelly, Rodney Gibbs, Laren Bright, Bill Matheny, Nick DuBois, Ken Solomon, Jack Bornoff, Hank Saroyan, Mary Ann Gallo, Diane A. Crea, Don Gillies, Charlie Cohen, Mark Hoffmeier, Michael Merton, Marlowe Weisman, Mark Zaslove, Julie Prendiville Roux, Christine Coyle, Bill Burnett, David Ehrman, Chuck Tately, Frank Santopadre, Christine Abad, Steve Bransfield, Adam Kosloff, Alex Funk, Chris Tsougas, Jeff Nimoy, Bob Buchholz, Earl Kress, Peter Sheridan and Cade Chilcoat. Gomez and Roche served as story editors. The characters were designed by Tom Owens, Darrel Bowen and Frank Molieri, and animation duties were handled by Sunwoo Entertainment and Big Star Enterprise, Inc., with additional animation by Funbag Animation Studios, Inc. The series’ theme was composed by Jim Latham, making use of a remix of the classic Woody theme, and played over an intro directed by Sam Cornell and animated by Duck Soup Studios, Inc. (now Noble). There were two variations on the show’s title card: the first had Woody carving his name into a tree, the second as part of a totem pole. The rest of the series’ music was composed by Tom Chase.

Wally hoping to keep Woody out (fat chance!).


            The New Woody Woodpecker Show ran for 3 seasons, skipping the 2001-02 season. Universal released 2 VHS collections in the United Kingdom in 2000. The episodes “A Very Woody Christmas” and “Twelve Lies of Christmas” were included in the 2014 holiday compilation DVD Woody Woodpecker and Friends: Holiday Favorites. Two more episodes were included on the Halloween Favorites collection. For a time, the first 13 episodes were available to view on Hulu and Yahoo View, and the entire series was made available on Netflix. It found a new home on NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock (as of this writing, some of the episodes are mislabeled and in the wrong order). Segments were also made available in various configurations on the official Woody Woodpecker YouTube channel.



            Woody appeared in a number of console and mobile video games before he returned to theaters in his first solo feature film after a number of starts and stops. 2017’s Woody Woodpecker: The Movie was a live-action/CGI musical comedy written by William Robertson and Alex Zamm and directed by Zamm. Eric Bauza provided Woody’s voice, and he returned to his 1950s makeover look while retaining his signature green eyes. Made with primarily a Brazilian audience in mind as the Woody cartoons had been broadcasting continually there for decades, it opened in Brazil on October 5 and managed to pull in $15 million against a $10 million budget. Outside of Latin America, the film was released directly to video and generally received negative reviews. Zamm would continue on with the franchise in 2018, developing a Flash animated web series for the official Woody Woodpecker YouTube channel and directing the first season. Bauza continued as the voice of Woody, with Tara Strong playing Winnie and Splinter, Richardson as Buzz, Tom Kenny as Wally and various characters, Brad Norman and Dee Bradley Baker providing vocal effects for Chilly Willy and Scott Weil as Andy Panda. Futterman was also involved, taking over the role of Knothead.
 
 
EPISODE GUIDE:
Season 1:
“Wiener Wars / Electric Chilly / Woody and the Termite” (5/8/99) – When Woody takes over his favorite hot dog cart, Wally looks to get rid of the competition. / Chilly Willy needs to choose between plugging in his electric blanket or his TV…or does he? / When Mother Nature chastises Woody for being behind on his pecking, he hires a termite to do his job.
 
“Fake Vacation / Medical Winnie Pig / Cable Ace” (5/15/99) – Buzz attempts to lure Woody into buying a fake vacation. / Winnie’s desire to enter the medical field ends up putting her in Dr. Nutts’ cloning experiment. / Woody steals cable from Wally to watch a sports game and ends up in jail.
 
“Temper Temper / A Classic Chilly Cartoon / Crash Course” (5/22/99) – Woody’s practicing for the Highland games spoils Meany’s attempts to relax and stay calm. / An old fisherman recounts the tale of a polar bear singing “Rockabye Baby” on a treetop. / Winnie sells her big screen TV to afford flying lessons and Woody does what he can to get her to buy it back.
 
“Woody’s Ship of Ghouls / Bad Hair Day / Downsized Woody” (5/29/99) – Woody stows away on a pirate ship for some free food, but discovers they aren’t too friendly a bunch. / Buzz sabotages Winnie’s beauty salon so her customers will come to his wig shop. / Unable to meet his pecking quota, Mother Nature demotes Woody to a pigeon.
 
“Ya Gonna Eat That? / Chilly & Hungry / Brother Cockroach” (6/5/99) – A hungry Woody uses Wally’s impending tax audit to scam him out of all his food. / Maxie tries to resist eating Chilly, who insists on using his body to stay warm. / Woody tries to get rid of a pesky cockroach.
 
“Father’s Day / Camp Buzzard / He Wouldn’t Woody” (6/12/99) – Woody plots to win his annual golf duel with his father at all costs. / Buzz sets up a fake summer camp for Knothead and Splinter to con Woody out of some money, but then can’t get rid of them. / Accidentally pecking a petrified tree makes Woody more civilized, which ends up driving Wally even more crazy.
 
“Wally’s Royal Riot / Mexican Chilly / Sleepwalking Woody” (6/19/99) – Woody poses as a queen in order to be served at Wally’s restaurant. / Trying to get Chilly off his cruise ships leads Smedley to be constantly demoted by his captain. / Woody’s sleepwalking keeps Wally up all night.
 
“Pinheads / The Chilly Show / Silent Treatment” (6/26/99) – Woody ends up losing his car to Buzz in a bowling match. / Chilly is used as a pawn to help steal a wilderness TV show. / Wally attempts to get rid of Woody by giving him the silent treatment.
 
“Over the Top / Chilly & the Fur-Bearing Trout / Painfaker” (7/3/99) – Woody and Wally race to prove which sport is better: skiing or snowboarding. / Dr. Nutts seeks out a rare trout and ends up finding an imposter instead. / Woody takes Wally to court for injuring him and Wally is ordered to nurse him back to health.
 
“Baby Buzzard / Bait & Hook / Bad Weather” (7/10/99) – Buzz poses as the baby of wealthy parents in order to rob Woody’s new babysitting service. / A hungry Chilly finds himself having trouble with his bait. / Wally uses his weather-control machine to battle Woody for pool party guests.
 
“Tee Time / S&K Files / Goldiggers” (7/17/99) – Woody’s golf practice ends up constantly disrupting Wally’s tuba playing. / Splinter and Knothead attempt to rid the world of aliens, but end up stopping Buzz’s thievery instead. / Buzz offers to guide Woody to his grandfather’s secret gold mine.
 
“Mirage Barrage / Queen of De-Nile / Party Animal” (7/24/99) – Woody and Wally fight over a magic lamp. / While visiting Egypt, Winnie stumbles onto a tomb full of treasure that archaeologist Wally had spent 5 years looking for. / Woody poses as the Noise Police in order to get Meany to allow him to have a party.
 
“K-9, Woody-O / Ready for My Close-Up, Mr. Walrus / Gopher-It” (7/31/99) – Miss Meany puts Woody in charge of babysitting her dog or else she’ll kick him out of his treehouse. / Wally isn’t thrilled when his producer puts Winnie into his movie. / A pair of gophers interfere with Woody’s golf practice.
 
“Spy-Guy / Ye Olde Knothead and Splinter / Life in the Pass Lane” (8/7/99) – Buzz attempts to steal a briefcase a spy entrusts to Woody. / Splinter and Knothead try to win royal titles in a tournament at the Old Time Fair. / Woody enters a Scottish race that has proven fatal for every member of his family.
 
“Signed, Sealed, Delivered / Out to Launch / Spa-Spa Blacksheep” (8/14/99) – Woody has trouble picking up his package from rule-stickler mail clerk Meany. / Returning a crashed satellite earns Winnie a chance to become an astronaut. / Woody attempts to sneak into a spa for the super rich while evading the doorman.
 
“Pecking Order / Chilly on Ice / Just Say Uncle” (8/21/99) – Woody sends Splinter and Knothead to a military academy but begins to feel guilty about it. / Security guard Smedley tries to keep a hungry Chilly out of a winter sports game site. / Woody and Wally fight over a single remaining toy so they’ll be seen as the best uncle.
 
“The Contender / Snow Way Out / Hospital Hi-Jinx” (8/28/99) – Woody takes on a wrestler for a $5,000 prize. / Woody signs up Splinter and Knothead ski lessons at Buzz’s ski school to keep them out of his hair. / Woody decides to check himself into a hospital to take advantage of their round the clock care—unfortunately, his caretaker ends up being head nurse Meany.
 
“Dr. Buzzard’s Time Chamber / Winnie P.I. / Foiled in Oil” (9/4/99) – Woody gets wise to Buzz’s time travel scam and plays along to teach him a lesson. / Winnie decides to become a P.I. and joins in on the investigation for some missing vacuum cleaners. / Woody’s oil-seeking dousing rod has him competing with Wally over its finds.
 
“Aunt Pecky / Terror Tots / Carney Con” (10/30/99) – Woody disguises himself as his aunt to get Miss Meany out of her house in order to allow a swimming pool to be installed. / Splinter and Knothead take their new ghost-detecting gear to an old mansion to use, but two bullies plot to put a fright into them. / Woody is determined to win at Buzz’s crooked carnival games.
 
“Bavariannoying / Kitchen Magician / Cheap Seats Woody” (11/6/99) – Hiking through Bavaria sees Woody lured into a trap to be an annoying boy’s new best friend. / Winnie wants to prove to royal chef Wally that she has what it takes to be one too. / Dapper Denver steals the last ticket to the big ball game from Woody.
 
“Meany Side of the Street / Chilly to Go / Ant Rant” (11/13/99) – When Meany decides to sell her property, Wally offers to buy it and chop down Woody’s tree. / Chilly and Maxie compete over an army barrack full of food. / Woody’s picnic is under siege by ants.
 
“Woody Watcher / Chilly Dog / Beach Nuts” (11/20/99) – Woody disguises himself as a rare woodpecker to win a $500 prize. / Chilly tries to get into Smedley’s obedience school for the food rewards. / A crowded beach forces Woody onto a plot overseen by the overzealous rule-enforcing park ranger, Ms. Meany.
 
“A Very Woody Christmas / It’s a Chilly Christmas After All / Yule Get Yours” (12/25/99) – Woody ends up foiling a couple of thieves stealing people’s Christmas presents. / Chilly wants to hitch a ride with Santa to a warmer climate, but first he needs to get past Smedley the elf. / Woody’s attempts to get back on Santa’s nice list ends up getting him into even more trouble.
 
Season 2:
“Automatic Woody / Zoom-a to Montezooma / Chicken Woody” (9/2/00) – Woody has trouble getting his hands on his favorite snack for a late-night craving. / Headhunter Smedley looks to capture Chilly for placement in a tropical zoo. / Infiltrating Meany’s chicken farm for free lodging and food ends up with Woody trying to keep the chickens from becoming dinner.
 
“Bonus Round Woody / Winnie at the Ball / Date with Destiny” (9/9/00) – Woody competes against Buzz in a scavenger hunt game show. / Winnie attends Wally’s finishing school to become a high society “it” girl. / Woody and Wally bet they can get a Valentine’s date before each other.
 
“Woody’s Roommate / Winnie’s New Car / Whistle Stop Woody” (9/16/00) – Buzz fakes injury so Woody will end up taking him in as a roommate. / Winnie and Buzz appear before a judge with different accounts on how Winnie’s purchase of a used car went down. / Too lazy to fly south for the winter, Woody tries to get past conductor Wally to ride on a ritzy train.
 
“Stuck on You / Freeze Dried Chilly / That Healing Feeling” (9/23/00) – Woody ends up accidentally gluing himself to Wally. / A hungry Chilly tries to get his flippers on Smedley’s frozen dinners. / As long as Ms. Meany claims sickness, Woody is forced by his rental agreement to run errands for her.
 
“Lap it Up / Swiss Family Buzzard / Getting Comfortable” (9/30/00) – Woody takes the place of his favorite racer to beat Dapper Denver in a street race around the city. / Woody sends Splinter and Knothead on a boat tour with Buzz and they end up stranded on a deserted island together. / A stubborn stray feather in Woody’s couch keeps him from getting comfortable enough to enjoy the dog show.
 
“Sync or Swim / Armed Chilly / Difficult Delivery” (10/7/00) – Woody and Wally compete to get onto a synchronized swimming team in order to use the public pool on a sweltering day. / Sneaking onto an army base to get warm has Chilly mistaken for a new recruit. / Dapper Denver refuses to sell Woody a single slice of pizza, so Woody decides to interrupt his delivery business.
 
“Cabin Fever / Everybody’s a Critic / Hide and Seek” (10/14/00) – A sudden blizzard strands Woody in Wally’s house. / Food critic Meany is all set to close down Winnie’s new restaurant with her review, while Winnie believes Wally is the critic. / A friend of the car thief Woody fingers tries to bump him off before he can testify at the trial.
 
“The Ice Rage / Endangered Chilly / Attila the Hen” (10/21/00) – On a sweltering day Woody attempt to cool off in Wally’s grocery store. / Chilly tries to make off with the stuff ranger Smedley brings a hibernating endangered polar bear. / Woody takes on a giant hen for all the eggs he can carry for $1.
 
“Frankenwoody / The Meany Witch Project / Fright Movie Woody” (10/28/00) – Wally plots to switch brains with Woody to get a date. / Knothead and Splinter believe Ms. Meany is a witch that wants to eat them. / Afraid to leave the theater after a scary movie, Woody is mistaken for a theater hopper by usher Meany.
 
“This Seat’s Taken / Cajun Chilly / Out of Line” (11/4/00) – Woody is recruited as a seat filler for an award ceremony, and ends up taking Wally’s seat after he loses his ticket. / A crawfish chef decides to liven up his cooking show by cooking Chilly. / Dapper Denver tries to take Woody’s place as first in line to see a new movie.
 
“Inn Trouble / Wishful Thinking / Trail Ride Woody” (11/11/00) – Woody barters for a free room in exchange for helping Wally keep his job when a new company takes over his inn. / Tweaky the wish fairy arrives to give Splinter and Knothead their birthday wish and ends up turning them into flies. / Cheap Woody bets he can turn a lazy mule into a true trail horse.
 
“Super Woody / Skating By / Be a Sport” (11/18/00) – A lightning blast that hits Buzz’s phony satellite dish he sold Woody gives them both super powers. / Winnie is trained as a carhop by Meany who tries to sabotage her so she won’t end up as her replacement. / Woody is bribed with sporting equipment to teach annoying G√ľnther how to be a sportsman.
 
“Like Father, Unlike Son / A Chilly Spy / Country Fair Clam-ity” (11/25/00) – Woody and Wally pose as father and son to go on a free father/son cruise and a suspicious deckhand is out to expose them. / Chilly is recruited as a counter-spy on an army mission. / A clam tricks Woody out of $20 for a ride in a race to win $1000.
 
“Eenie, Meany, Out You Go! / Stage Fright / Gone Fishin’” (12/2/00) – Meany kicks out Woody to rent to another woodpecker that’s a con artist stealing from her. / Buzz and Tweaky are sentenced by the court to put on a children’s play, which Splinter and Knothead want parts in. / Woody is offered free food forever if he catches a particular fish in the lake.
 
“Teacher’s Pet / Dirty Derby / Hooray for Holly-Woody” (12/9/00) – Mother Nature puts Woody back in school for reeducation on his job in the natural order where he must come out better than his classmate—or else. / Wally is determined to win first place in the local soap box derby. / When Woody wins a Hollywood mansion and a chance at a screen test, Buzz tries to sell his “security” services to him.
 
“Cyrano de Woodpecker / Chilly Lilly / Meany’s Date Bait” (12/16/00) – Ms. Meany drinks a love potion that makes her fall for Wally. / Chilly makes use of Semdley’s match-making service, but he keeps ignoring what Chilly actually wants. / Woody’s rental agreement sees him taking Meany to her high school reunion where she wants to impress her old boyfriend.
 
“The Twelve Lies of Christmas” (12/23/00) – Woody, Wally and Ms. Meany all disagree on who saved Santa—and Christmas—from a couple of crooks one year.
 
Season 3:
“Woodsy Woody / Chilly Solar Wars / Cue the Pool Shark” (5/4/02) – Wally takes over Woody and his friends’ favorite campground and proves an annoyance. / Chilly wants to get his flippers on one of the army base’s new solar panels to power his igloo. / Buzz attempts to hustle Woody at pool.
 
“Couples Therapy / Chilly Blue Yonder / Hiccup-Ed” (5/11/02) – For disturbing the peace too often Woody and Meany are sentenced to couples’ therapy. / A hungry Chilly wants to help himself to fisherman Smedley’s catches. / Woody tries to help Wally cure his crazy hiccups so he can get to sleep.
 
“Crouching Meany, Hidden Woodpecker / A Chilly Party Crasher / Junk Funk” (5/18/02) – Meany gets Woody to help her train for her martial arts test for the promise of free rent for a year. / Chilly wants to sleep in a bear’s mansion but keeps getting put to work as the caterer for his party. / Woody tries to reclaim the downed satellite he sold for scrap to get an even bigger reward from its government.
 
“Two Woodys, No Waiting / A Chilly Amusement Park / Born to Be Woody” (5/25/02) – Woody decides to make his life easier by cloning himself. / Chilly’s igloo is right in the middle of where Smedley wants to build his amusement park. / Woody, Wally and Meany all discover they were at the same commune together in the past.
 
“Mechanical Meany / A Chilly Furnace / Homerun Woody” (6/1/02) – Meany acting unnatural has Woody believing she’s been replaced by a robot. / Chilly tries to get fuel from Hogwash to power his new furnace. / Buzz takes advantage of Woody’s inability to see the game by setting up a phony fantasy baseball camp.
 
“Tire Tyrant / A Chilly B-B-Q / Spring Cleaning” (6/8/02) – Woody tries to reclaim his spare tire from a gorilla. / Chilly wants to help himself to the army’s BBQ. / Woody has to clean up his messy house in an hour or else he’ll get evicted.
 
“The Fabulous Foodbox by Scamco / A Chilly Hockey Star / Corn Fed Up” (6/15/02) – Buzz tries to scam a hungry Woody by saying a crate can turn any object into food. / Smedley recruits Chilly for hockey while Chilly just wants to make off with the hockey sticks for firewood. / Winning a farm puts Woody in the path of a very hungry alligator.
 
“Infrequent Flyer / A Chilly Cold & Flu Season / Moto-Double Cross” (6/22/02) – Woody and Wally compete for the affection of the same flight attendant. / Hogwash is sick, but bedrest won’t come easy when Chilly sets his sights on Hogwash’s hot water bottle. / Buzz attempts to get his hands on a very lucrative sponsorship contract Woody is offered.
 
“Wild Woodpecker / A Chilly Fashion Model / Speed Demon Mountain” (6/29/02) – Woody finds a frozen woodpecker and plans to use him to make himself rich and famous. / Chilly tries to steal the fur coat from a fashion model that came to the Arctic for a shoot. / Wally’s eagerness to win employee of the month keeps interfering with Woody, Splinter and Knothead’s fun at the theme park.
 
“Niece and Quiet / Chilly Bananas / Surf Crazy” (7/6/02) – Woody has to help Meany’s niece find her talent for scouting. / Chilly infiltrates an army bio dome where they’re growing genetically engineered super bananas. / Woody coaches Winnie in a three-pronged water race where Buzz and Tweaky cheat to win.
 
“Birdhounded / Run Chilly, Run Deep / Surviving Woody” (7/13/02) – Buzz tries to deliver Woody to a scientist in the Amazon for a reward. / Chilly wants to get on board treasure hunter Smedley’s submarine to make use of his heating unit. / Woody and Meany compete on a Survivor-like game show.
 
“Firehouse Woody / Hogwash Junior / Thrash for Cash” (7/20/02) – Woody becomes interested in being a fireman, but finds himself dealing with an overzealous trainee. / Hogwash’s nephew attempts to keep Chilly off of the army base. / The bully dogs try to foil Splinter and Knothead’s attempts at becoming pro skateboarders.
 
“Miniature Golf Mayhem / A Chilly Cliffhanger / I Know What You Did Last Night” (7/27/02) – Buzz attempts to lure Woody into a phony charity golf game utilizing his favorite player. / Chilly interrupts Smedley’s mountain climbing to try and get at his thermos full of soup. / Woody wins a chance to spend the night in a haunted castle.

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