Cartoon of the Day: The Dippy Diplomat

The Dippy Diplomat
Directed by James Culhane
Available on: The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection

Sorry for the week off from cartoons. I was at a conference where my access to the internet was spotty at best. So now that I’m back, let’s start with some Woody Woodpecker.

The Woody Woodpecker cartoons are usually amusing but not laugh-out-loud funny. Such is the case with “The Dippy Diplomat.” The cartoon actually has very little to do with a diplomat. Wally Walrus is preparing a barbecue for a visiting diplomat when Woody catches a whiff of the food and decided to help himself. Woody does pose as the diplomat briefly, but it’s a short bit that comes at the end of the film. I guess the guy who came up with the titles was sick that day.

This short does have one very funny moment that I remembered instantly from my childhood. It’s the “pardon me, but my ping pong ball has fallen into your hard-boiled eggs” bit. Woody searches for the ball by eating all the eggs and it really is a funny bit. Hearing him say, “that’s an egg…that’s another egg…” and so on just cracks me up.

Though Walter Lantz’s cartoons never reached the artistic or comedic highs that some of his rivals did, there is a lot of enjoy about his work and this is a solid outing for Woody.

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