Woody Woodpecker "with his innate chutzpah and brash demeanor, ... was a natural hit during World War II. His image appeared on US aircraft as nose art", Wikipedia says.
Why was Woody Woodpecker a "natural" hit during WW2? Achtung, the word "natural" is used on Wikipedia. Reading "natural" Along with "Bugs Bunny" and "Daffy Duck," "Woody Woodpecker" was a "screwball" or "comic relief" character that Hollywood produced for children in the early 1940s. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/El_Pajaro_Loco I understand that the character had or represented something that people felt at that time. What was it, and why did Hollywood produce such characters for American children during this era?
(Bonus question) Can someone show a picture of an US aircraft where, during WW2, Woody Woodpecker was painted? I see "nose art" on Wikipedia but haven't found one.