The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1930



Kounty Fair

Kounty Fair

Release Date: 1/6/30
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: R. C. Hamilton, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5084
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Not to be confused with The County Fair (1934)
  • Motion Picture News erroneously lists this cartoon as a silent release.
  • Our only copy of this film has no soundtrack. If you have an original print with the soundtrack or just the soundtrack alone, please contact us.

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    Chilly Con Carmen

    Chilly Con Carmen

    Release Date: 1/15/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Animation: R. C. Hamilton, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
    Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5125
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as Chile Con Carmen
  • Incorrectly listed as Chili Con Carmen in Michael Fitzgerald's Universal Pictures
  • Incorrectly listed as Chile Con Carmen in Jeff Lenburg's Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons
  • Russell Merritt has suggested that the 1929 Silly Symphony El Terrible Toreador may have been based on an unfinished Disney Oswald cartoon. In that case, Chilly Con Carmen may represent the later Oswald staff finishing their version of the short.

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    Kisses and Kurses

    Kisses and Kurses

    Release Date: 2/17/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Animation: R. C. Hamilton, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
    Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5127
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • According to copyright synopsis of this film, the villain engineers a train known as The General, likely a reference to the 1926 Buster Keaton feature of the same name.
  • We currently do not have a copy of this film. If you have a print, please contact us.



  • Broadway Folly

    Broadway Folly

    Release Date: 3/3/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Animation: R. C. Hamilton, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
    Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5153
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Last onscreen credits for R. C. Hamilton and Tom Palmer at Lantz
  • See the FAQ section regarding the "is my father in there?" running gag that appears in this short.
  • The soundtrack of this cartoon features the tunes Broadway and Hittin' The Ceiling, both written by Con Conrad, Sidney D. Mitchell, and Archie Gottler for the hit 1929 Universal musical Broadway based on the play of the same name by George Abbott and Philip Dunning. In addition, the following songs can also be heard on the soundtrack: In My Merry Oldsmobile (written in 1905 by Gus Edwards and Vincent P. Bryan), Alexander's Ragtime Band (1911 by Irving Berlin), (You're the Flower of My Heart,) Sweet Adeline (1903 by Richard H. Gerard and Harry Armstrong), Chicago (That Toddlin' Town) (1922 by Fred Fisher), and Hearts and Flowers (1893 by Theodore Moses Tobani and Mary D. Brine).

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    Bowery Bimbos

    Bowery Bimbos

    Release Date: 3/18/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Manuel Moreno
    Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5154
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Working title: Bowling Bimboes
  • Copyrighted as Bowery Bimboes
  • First onscreen credit for Manuel Moreno
  • Click here to hear the original soundtrack of this rare Walter Lantz cartoon, courtesy of David Gerstein and Ron Hutchinson.
  • The soundtrack of this cartoon features the tunes Yes! We Have No Bananas (written in 1922 by Frank Silver and Irving Cohn) and Down By The Winegar Woiks. The latter tune, played over the short's opening titles, was written in 1925 by Don Bestor, Roger Lewis and Walter Donovan and famously recorded in 1926 by Aileen Stanley and Billy Murray (the voice of Fleischer's Bimbo character). Click here to hear the 1926 recording, courtesy of David Gerstein.
  • We currently do not have a copy of this film. If you have a print, please contact us.



  • The Hash Shop

    The Hash Shop

    Release Date: 4/12/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Manuel Moreno
    Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5167
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Working title: The Hash House

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    The Prison Panic

    The Prison Panic

    Release Date: 4/30/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, and Clyde Geronimi
    Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5168
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • First onscreen credits for Ray Abrams and Clyde Geronimi
  • The Prisoner's Song (written in 1924 by Guy Massey) is prominently featured on the soundtrack of this cartoon.

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    Tramping Tramps

    Tramping Tramps

    Release Date: 5/6/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Manuel Moreno
    Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5157
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Walter Lantz's final credit as an animator.
  • The correct title of this cartoon is Tramping Tramps, not Trampling Tramps as listed on this filmography previously.

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    Hot for Hollywood

    Hot for Hollywood

    Release Date: 5/19/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, and Clyde Geronimi
    Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5169
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Working title: Hollywood
  • Caricatures include Al Jolson and Charlie Chaplin
  • The final musical score by David Broekman, James Dietrich would take over until mid-1937
  • Our only copy of this film has no soundtrack. If you have an original print with the soundtrack or just the soundtrack alone, please contact us.

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    Hells Heels

    Hells Heels

    Release Date: 6/2/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, and Clyde Geronimi
    Synchronization and Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5194
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The first musical score by James Dietrich
  • The first Oswald to feature the famous "Boop-Oop-a-Doop" ending tune
  • Some sources incorrectly list this cartoon as Nell's Yells
  • This cartoon is a satire of the 1930 Universal feature Hell's Heroes.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    My Pal Paul

    My Pal Paul

    Release Date: 6/20/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, and Clyde Geronimi
    Synchronization and Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5195
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The copyright synopsis for this cartoon refers to Oswald as "Jazzwald"
  • This cartoon was produced to help promote the 1930 Universal musical King of Jazz and prominently features a caricature of bandleader Paul Whiteman as well as several songs from the film. In addition, Lantz and his staff were commissioned by Carl Laemmle to create an animated color sequence for King of Jazz. Click here to read more about it.

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    Not So Quiet

    Not So Quiet

    Release Date: 6/30/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, Clyde Geronimi, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Synchronization and Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5196
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • This cartoon is a satire of the 1930 Academy Award-winning Universal feature All Quiet on the Western Front. Ironically, the score for that film was provided by former Lantz musical director David Broekman.

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    Spooks

    Spooks

    Release Date: 7/14/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, Clyde Geronimi, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Synchronization and Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 2205
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Pinto Colvig provides the voice of the hippo in this short.
  • This cartoon is a satire of the 1925 Universal feature Phantom of the Opera which was reissued with sound in January 1930.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Cold Feet

    Cold Feet


    Release Date: 8/13/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, Clyde Geronimi, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Synchronization and Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 2206
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Pinto Colvig provides the voice of Oswald in this short.
  • Click here to see a sketch for this cartoon of a gag idea that was never used.
  • The songs I Miss My Swiss (written in 1925 by L. Wolfe Gilbert and Abel Baer) and Hi-Lee, Hi-Lo are prominently featured on the soundtrack of this cartoon.

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    Snappy Salesman

    Snappy Salesman

    Release Date: 8/18/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, Clyde Geronimi, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Synchronization and Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 5082
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • It is quite possible that this short was a withheld 1929 entry. It runs for approximately five minutes, which is shorter than the average running time of a Lantz cartoon from this period. One might also note that the short's production number, 5082, is a number that would have been routinely assigned to a 1929 cartoon. Further, some elements of the film, such as Oswald's thoughts being transcribed onscreen, are strongly reminiscent of Lantz productions from 1929 as opposed to those from mid-1930. There is also an abrupt jump cut that occurs approximately three minutes into the short and it is possible that an edit may have taken place here. Specifically, the cut appears during the scene when Oswald first leads the cat family into his music shop. He puts up his index finger as if to address the crowd but, before anything can actually happen, the scene abruptly shifts to the feline family laughing. In addition to this, the cartoon opens with an iris, much like a Lantz release from September or October 1929; but it also closes with a curtain, a technique first introduced in either late October or early November 1929.

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    Henpecked

    Henpecked

    Release Date: 8/20/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Animation: "Bill" Nolan, Ray Abrams, Manuel Moreno, Clyde Geronimi, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Synchronization and Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 2210
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Pinto Colvig provides the voice of Oswald in this short while Walter Lantz provides the voice of one of his many nephews.
  • In the first two editions of his Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons, Jeff Lenburg incorrectly cited Hen Fruit as the working title of this cartoon. Hen Fruit is actually the name of a 1929 Winkler Oswald short that holds historical significance as the first Universal cartoon produced with sound. In the third and latest edition of his book, Lenburg has not only removed this fallacy but also the entry for Henpecked completely.

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    The Singing Sap

    The Singing Sap

    Release Date: 9/8/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Animation: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 141
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • First cartoon co-directed by William "Bill" Nolan.
  • First onscreen credits for Fred "Tex" Avery and Lester Kline.
  • First time James Dietrich is credited under "Musical Score" instead of "Synchronization and Score"
  • This cartoon's title is a play on the 1928 Warner Bros. feature The Singing Fool starring Al Jolson.
  • Pinto Colvig provides the voice of the hippo in this short.

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    The Detective

    The Detective

    Release Date: 9/22/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Animation: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 142
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Click here to see the original poster for The Detective
  • Includes reused animation from Amature Nite (1929)

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    The Fowl Ball

    The Fowl Ball

    Release Date: 10/13/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Animation: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 143
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Some sources incorrectly list this cartoon as The Foul Ball
  • In this short, Oswald sings the song Johnny Schmoker, a traditional German folk tune brought to America by the Pennsylvania Dutch and first published under the title Jemmy Boker in 1863. The song involves an old German musician telling his friend Johnny Schmoker about the many instruments he can play. He describes each one and goes through the motions while he sings. It is likely that musical director James Dietrich, himself of German ancestry, had an influence on the inclusion of this song in this cartoon.
  • Our only copy of this film is a Guild/Firelight reissue print. If you have a print with original opening and closing titles, please contact us.

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    The Navy

    The Navy

    Release Date: 11/3/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Animation: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 144
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The first cartoon where Oswald wears shoes
  • Pinto Colvig provides the voice of Oswald in this short.

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    Mexico

    Mexico

    Release Date: 11/17/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Animation: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 145
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Our only copy of this film has no soundtrack. If you have an original print with the soundtrack or just the soundtrack alone, please contact us.

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    Africa

    Africa

    Release Date: 12/1/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Animation: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 146
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from the Lantz studio's sequence in the 1930 Universal feature King of Jazz.
  • The first appearance of the popular Oswald the Lucky Rabbit theme song. Click here to view sheet music, courtesy of David Gerstein.

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    Alaska

    Alaska

    Release Date: 12/15/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Animation: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 147
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Pinto Colvig provides the voices of Oswald and Pete in this short as well as the deadpan canine vocalist who sings a rendition of the nonsensical tune Go Get the Ax.

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    Mars

    Mars

    Release Date: 12/29/30
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Animation: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 148
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from Africa
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as a January 1931 release.
  • The song A Bench in the Park (written in 1930 by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen for Universal's King of Jazz) is featured on the soundtrack of this cartoon.

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