Film seriesAndy Panda ProducerWalter Lantz Duration
CastMel Blanc, Sara Berner DirectorWalter Lantz, Alex Lovy Release dateNovember 25, 1940; 74 years ago (November 25, 1940) (USA) WriterLowell Elliot, Ben Hardaway Similar moviesThe Barber of Seville, The Loan Stranger, Fish Fry, The Screwball, The Screwdriver, Chew-Chew Baby
Knock Knock is a 1940 animated short subject, part of the Andy Panda series, produced by Walter Lantz. The cartoon is noted for being the first appearance of Woody Woodpecker, and was released by Universal Pictures on November 25, 1940.
The cartoon ostensibly stars Andy Panda (voice of Sara Berner) and his father, Papa Panda (voice of Mel Blanc), but it is Woody (voice of Blanc) who steals the show. Woody Woodpecker constantly pesters the two pandas, apparently just for the fun of it. Andy, meanwhile, tries to sprinkle salt on Woody's tail in the belief that this will somehow capture the bird. To Woody's surprise, Andy's attempts prevail (comically, the mound of salt placed on Woody's tail is so heavy that he cannot run away), and in an ending very similar to 1938's Daffy Duck & Egghead, Woody is taken away to the funny farm—where his captors prove to be crazier than he is.