Release dateApril 1, 1945; 70 years ago (April 1, 1945) (U.S.)
Woody Dines Out is the 14th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on April 1, 1945, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures. It is the final wartime Woody Woodpecker short released a month before V-E Day and 4 months before V-J Day.
Woody walks about town and realizes that all of the restaurants are closed. He finds one store with a sign in its window that reads: "We stuff birds." He assumes that it is a restaurant when it is actually a taxidermist's shop. He approaches the counter to place his order. From his coat pocket, the taxidermist, an anthropomorphic cat (voice by Hans Conried), removes an ad from the Museum of Natural History announcing a $100,000 reward for a stuffed king-size woodpecker. He secretly places knock-out drops in the food he prepares for Woody. The food puts Woody to sleep, but he recovers on the cutting table. He escapes the taxidermist by climbing onto an elevator; the taxidermist falls down the elevator shaft to the basement, where he abandons his $100 grand ambition.