J. Audubon Woodlore is the park ranger of Brownstone National Park (a play on Yellowstone National Park), one of the features of which is a geyser named "Old Fateful" (a play on Old Faithful). He was originally voiced by Bill Thompson. Woodlore's name is an inside joke-reference to John James Audubon, the famous 19th Century ornithologist/naturalist/painter.
He first appeared in two 1954 Donald Duck cartoons Grin and Bear It and Grand Canyonscope. (It is revealed in the latter that Woodlore was a postal worker prior to his Ranger days.) One year later, in Breezy Bear, he repeatedly admonishes Humphrey the Bear "You bathe too much!", not realising that the bear is really just hiding in the pond from the bees whose honey he was trying to steal.
Woodlore prides himself on running a tight ship, and is frequently oblivious to those (particularly Donald) who are humiliated and/or insulted by his constant scoldings and criticisms. Despite his somewhat authoritarian attitude, he cares about the bears as if they were his children...although he once bamboozled them into cleaning up the park for him (so that he could nap in a hammock) by singing the jazzy ditty "In the Bag":
- First you stick a rag, put in the bag, bump bump
- Then you bend your back, put it in the sack, bump bump
- That's the way it's done, it's a lot of fun, bump bump Oh yeah
- Cuttin' capers puttin' papers in the bag
When Woodlore's lazy motive became apparent, the bears irritably bagged him along with the litter.
Most of the bears are respectful of Woodlore, except Humphrey the Bear, whom the Ranger often lectures.
Woodlore most recently appeared in an episode of Disney's House of Mouse.
|Mickey and Friends|
|The Sensational Six|
|Mickey Mouse | Minnie Mouse | Donald Duck | Daisy Duck | Goofy | Pluto|
|Chip 'n' Dale | Clarabelle Cow | Horace Horsecollar | Clara Cluck | Huey, Dewey, and Louie | Scrooge McDuck | Ludwig Von Drake | José Carioca | Panchito Pistoles | Morty and Ferdie Fieldmouse | Max Goof | Figaro | Humphrey the Bear | J. Audubon Woodlore | Yen Sid | Gus Goose | Salty the Seal | Ronnie | Milton | Oswald the Lucky Rabbit | Ortensia | Duffy the Disney Bear | ShellieMay the Disney Bear|
|Peg Leg Pete | Mortimer Mouse | Butch the Bulldog | Phantom Blot | Beagle Boys | The Lonesome Ghosts | Aracuan Bird | Willie the Giant | Magic Brooms|