- The Reckless Driver
Infobox Hollywood cartoon
cartoon_name = The Reckless Driver
series = Woody Woodpecker
director = James Culhane
Ben Hardaway Milt Schaffer
Philip DeGuard Arthur Heinemann
Walter Lantz Productions
distributor = Universal Pictures
release_date = flagicon|US
August 26, 1946
movie_language = English
preceded_by = "
followed_by = "
Fair Weather Fiends"
imdb_id = 0152155
"The Reckless Driver" is the 19th
animated cartoon short subjectin the " Woody Woodpecker" series. Released theatrically on August 26, 1946, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productionsand distributed by Universal Pictures.
Woody discovers that his drivers' license is due for reneweal, and quickly heads for the nearest
Department of Motor Vehicles. Upon arrival, Woody attempts to awaken sleeping Officer Wally Walrus(voiced by William Demarest) so he can complete the test.
First up is the eye test, complete with an eye chart whose letters spell out "I CAN'T SEE A THING." Then comes the reflex test, in which Woody violently pecks as Wally's head whenever he gets his knee jabbed. Next, Wally tries to get a fingerprint from Woody, only to have the two stack their hands high into the air.
Finally, Woody must complete the actual driving test. The careless woodpecker accidentally backs up into a wall. A
fire extinguisherthen falls off the wall and onto the back of Woody's car, providing him with steam propulsion. With this new power, Woody starts zooming in the air and in and out of the office, driving Wally insane. At the conclusion of the driving test, Woody blurts out, "Say, I've changed my mind. I want a pilot's license!"
The normally Swedish Wally Walrus sports a New York accent in this film.
William Demarestreplaced Hans Conreidin supplying the voice of the walrus as well.
*Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. " [http://lantz.goldenagecartoons.com/1946.html 1946] ". "The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia".
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