Operation Sawdust is the 47th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on June 15, 1953, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal International.
Lumber mill workers Woody Woodpecker and Buzz Buzzard are friends when they are sawing trees, but when Wally Walrus (making a brief cameo as the lumber camp chef) rings the dinner bell, they become bitter enemies. Woody and Buzz duke it out over food, with the woods being pecked to death in the process.
The scene where Buzz Buzzard is sliced down the center is excised from television prints since the 1990s.
Operation Sawdust marked Wally Walrus's final appearance in a Woody Woodpecker theatrical "cartune". He had already long since been replaced as Woody's main foil by Buzz Buzzard by this time. After this Wally only appeared in 2 Chilly Willy "cartunes", and then he had his last appearance in the 1964 Woody TV special "Spook-A-Nanny".
- Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1953". The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia