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The Reckless Driver is the 19th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on August 26, 1946, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by Universal Pictures.



Woody attempts to read the eye chart in The Reckless Driver.

Woody discovers that his drivers' license is due for renewal, 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 at 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 extinguisher then 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 The Reckless Driver. William Demarest had replaced Hans Conried in supplying the voice of the walrus as well.
  • Many prints omit the alphabet soup-spitting scene.
  • Woody sings "The Old Gray Mare" while driving through the countryside.

External links Edit


  • Cooke, Jon, Komorowski, Thad, Shakarian, Pietro, and Tatay, Jack. "1946". The Walter Lantz Cartune Reckless Driver

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