The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1931



China

China

Release Date: 1/12/31
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: 149
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Click here to see the original poster for China
  • The song Chinatown, My Chinatown (written in 1910 by William Jerome and Jean Schwartz) is prominently featured on the soundtrack of this cartoon.

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    College

    College

    Release Date: 1/27/31
    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: 150
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The song I Like to Do Things for You (written in 1930 by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen for Universal's King of Jazz) is prominently featured on the soundtrack of this cartoon.

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    Shipwreck

    Shipwreck

    Release Date: 2/9/31
    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: 151
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as Shipwrecked
  • The first cartoon where Oswald wears rubber gloves.
  • The song It Ain't Gonna Rain No Mo' (written in 1923 by Wendell Hall) is featured on the soundtrack of this cartoon.
  • Hidden Gag: As the parrot is lowered down via fishing line, he greets each of the fish, "Hi Bill, Hi Charlie, Hello Cecil, Howdy Ella!" Bill, Charlie, Cecil, and Ella are actually referring to staff members, William "Bill" Nolan, Charles Hastings, Cecil Surry (an inbetweener at this point), and possibly a woman from the ink and paint department by the name of Ella. Click here to hear the hidden gag.

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    The Farmer

    The Farmer

    Release Date: 3/23/31
    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: 152
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from Alaska (1930)

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    The Fireman

    The Fireman

    Release Date: 4/6/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, Charles Hastings, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 153
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from Amature Nite (1929)

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    Sunny South

    Sunny South

    Release Date: 4/20/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 154
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Sunny South

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    Country School

    Country School

    Release Date: 5/5/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 155
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Country School
  • 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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    The Bandmaster

    The Bandmaster

    Release Date: 5/18/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 156
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Band Master
  • Incorrectly listed as The Band Master in Michael Fitzgerald's Universal Pictures
  • Fell into the public domain in 1959
  • Includes reused animation from My Pal Paul (1930)
  • Not to be confused with The Bandmaster (1947)
  • The songs Ragamuffin Romeo (written by Mabel Wayne and Harry DeCosta) and Happy Feet (written by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen) are featured on the soundtrack of this cartoon. Both were written in 1930 for Universal's King of Jazz and both appear in this short in sequences that were more-or-less reused from My Pal Paul (1930).

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    Northwoods

    Northwoods

    Release Date: 6/1/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 157
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The North Woods
  • Reissued as The North Woods by Guild/Firelight.

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    The Stone Age

    The Stone Age

    Release Date: 7/15/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 158
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon

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    Radio Rhythm

    Radio Rhythm

    Release Date: 7/27/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 159
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The soundtrack of this cartoon features the tunes I Like to Do Things for You (written in 1930 by Milton Ager and Jack Yellen for Universal's King of Jazz), And If You See Our Darling Nellie (also written in 1930 for King of Jazz), and One More Time (written in 1931 by Buddy DeSylva, Lew Brown, and Ray Henderson).

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    Kentucky Belles

    Kentucky Belles

    Release Date: 9/2/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 160
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Working title: The Horse Race
  • Copyrighted as Kentucky Belle
  • Reissued as Kentucky Belle by Guild/Firelight
  • Incorrectly listed as Kentucky Belle in Michael Fitzgerald's Universal Pictures
  • Includes reused animation of the crowd scenes from Radio Rhythm (1931)

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    Hot Feet

    Hot Feet

    Release Date: 9/14/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Chet Karrberg, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 161
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The final onscreen for Chet Karrberg at Lantz. The animator suddenly died at the age of 21 due to pneumonia. He was replaced by Vet Anderson from New York, best known for his work on Paul Terry's "Aesop's Fables" series in the 1920s.

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    The Hunter

    The Hunter

    Release Date: 9/12/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Clyde Geronimi, Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Vet Anderson, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 162
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The first appearance of Oswald with a shirt.
  • First animation credit for Vet Anderson at Lantz.
  • The poster seen here seems to demonstrate a very different plot.

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    Wonderland

    Wonderland

    Release Date: 10/26/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery,
    Lester Kline, Vet Anderson, and "Pinto" Colvig
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 163
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Last screen credits for Pinto Colvig and Clyde Geronimi at Lantz
    Video availability:
  • Attack of the 30's Characters (DVD; Thunderbean)

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    The Hare Mail

    The Hare Mail

    Release Date: 11/30/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and Vet Anderson
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 164
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Mickey Rooney provides the voice of Oswald in this cartoon.

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    The Fisherman

    The Fisherman

    Release Date: 12/7/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and Vet Anderson
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 165
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Mickey Rooney provides the voice of Oswald 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 Clown

    The Clown

    Release Date: 12/21/31
    Direction: Walter Lantz and "Bill" Nolan
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Ray Abrams, Fred Avery, Lester Kline, and Vet Anderson
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 166
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Includes reused animation of the crowd scenes from Radio Rhythm (1931)

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