Banquet Busters is the 27th animated cartoon short subject in the Woody Woodpecker series. Released theatrically on March 3, 1948, the film was produced by Walter Lantz Productions and distributed by United Artists.
Andy Panda and Woody Woodpecker are two cold, hungry, unemployed musicians trying to keep alive in a heatless, foodless house. After fighting over a stale bean and losing it to a hungry mouse, they happen to read about Mrs. Gloria Van Glutton's musicale and dinner. Eluding butler Wally Walrus, they slip unobserved into the orchestra, where the aroma of a roast pig is too much for Woody. While the hungry mouse swallows a piece of cheese whole, Andy snags a roast turkey with a rod and reel fastened to his violin bow. Wally watches Woody make a sandwich, gets too close, and becomes part of it. Fortunately, a sneeze starts a free-for-all, with Mrs. Van Glutton a leading contender. The guests throw food at each other while Andy, Woody and the mouse stuff themselves—that is, until Wally starts using a shotgun. This breaks up the party and is a great help in sending Woody hopping madly over the hill.
- Banquet Busters features the only appearance by Andy Panda in the Woody Woodpecker theatrical series. Andy and Woody also appeared together in three other films (most notably 1946's Musical Moments from Chopin, but those were part of different series'. (Musical Moments from Chopin was considered "A Musical Miniature" entry.)
- This is the second Woody Woodpecker short where both Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda lose in the end, which occurred previously in Knock Knock. Woody Woodpecker also loses in The Coo Coo Bird, Tepee for Two, Solid Ivory, Woody's Clip Joint, Bye, Bye, Blackboard, Ski for Two, The Tenant's Racket and The Beach Nut.