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Woody Woodpecker at the Smithsonian Institution. It couldn't happen to a nicer bird.

Sometimes cartoons not hatched in the capacious Disney nest - and perpetually reincarnated through the vast Disney enterprises - get overlooked. But the laughs Woody has given the world are one of the reasons to remember cartoonmaker Walter Lantz - not to mention Mrs. Lantz, whose voice gave Woody his own wild giggle.

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We can hear him now, scheming to put one over on us even as we join the admirers of his artifacts that the Smithsonian has chosen to honor.

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