The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1935


NOTE: By 1935, control of Universal was slipping from the hands of founder Carl Laemmle and his family. Financial difficulties, the spending habits of Carl Laemmle, Jr. (who headed Universal since 1928), and the production of the costly and lavish remake of the 1929 part-talkie musical Show Boat all contributed to the downfall of the Laemmle regime. By the end of the year, the stockholders had had enough. The Laemmles were finally forced out and John Cheever Cowdin became Universal's new president. With the change in management, Lantz seized the opportunity to ask Universal for permission to make his studio independent. Universal agreed and on November 16, 1935, Lantz broke off and claimed the studio for his own, even though it remained on the Universal lot.


Robinson Crusoe Isle

Robinson Crusoe Isle

Release Date: 1/7/35
Direction: Walter Lantz
Artists: Fred Avery, Jack Carr, Ray Abrams, Joe D'Igalo, Ernest Smythe, and Victor McLeod
Musical Score: James Dietrich

Notes:
  • Production Number: 689
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from Shipwreck (1931)
  • Walter Lantz provides the voice of the mountain in this short.
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as a December 1934 release.

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    The Hillbilly

    The Hillbilly

    Release Date: 2/1/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Artists: Fred Avery, Jack Carr, Ray Abrams, Joe D'Igalo, Ernest Smythe, and Victor McLeod
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 693
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Reissued as Hill Billy by Guild/Firelight
  • Some sources incorrectly list this cartoon as Hill Billys
  • Last onscreen credits for Jack Carr, Joe d'Igalo, and Ernest Smythe at Lantz.
  • Historian Tom Klein speculates this short to be an uncredited Tex Avery-directed effort.

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    Two Little Lambs

    Two Little Lambs

    Release Date: 3/11/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, George Grandpre, Lester Kline, Verne Harding, Fred Kopietz, and Victor McLeod
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 695
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Reissued as The Two Little Lambs by Guild/Firelight

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    Do a Good Deed

    Do a Good Deed

    Release Date: 3/25/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Musical Score: James Dietrich (uncredited)
    No Story or Animation Credits Listed

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 696
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon

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    Candyland

    Candyland

    Release Date: 4/22/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, Bill Mason, and La Verne Harding
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 691
  • A Cartune Classic
  • Our only copy of this film is a reissue print. If you have a copy with original opening and closing titles, please contact us.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (Reissue print; DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 5 (Reissue print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Elmer the Great Dane

    Elmer the Great Dane

    Release Date: 4/29/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Animation: Fred Avery, Ray Abrams, and Cecil Surry
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 698
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The first appearance of Oswald's dog, Elmer the Great Dane. Elmer became a frequent player in most of the Oswalds for the next three years.

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    Springtime Serenade

    Springtime Serenade

    Release Date: 5/27/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, Bill Mason, and La Verne Harding
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 697
  • A Cartune Classic featuring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit
  • This opening title of this cartoons refers to Oswald as simply "Oswald Rabbit" as opposed to "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit". Following this release, the full name would continue to be applied to both the character and the series until Doctor Oswald (released on December 20) when the adjective "lucky" was permanently dropped.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Towne Hall Follies

    Towne Hall Follies

    Release Date: 6/3/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Fred Avery, Ray Abrams, and Cecil Surry
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 699
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Fred "Tex" Avery at Lantz until 1954.
  • Historians Joe Adamson and Tom Klein speculate this short to be an uncredited Tex Avery-directed effort.

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    At Your Service

    At Your Service

    Release Date: 7/8/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Cecil Surry, Sid Sutherland, and Virgil Ross
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 801
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • First and only onscreen credits for Virgil Ross and Sid Sutherland at Lantz

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    Three Lazy Mice

    Three Lazy Mice

    Release Date: 7/15/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, Bill Mason, and La Verne Harding
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 800
  • A Cartune Classic
  • Our only copy of this film is a reissue print. If you have a copy with original opening and closing titles, please contact us.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 3 (Reissue print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Bronco Buster

    Bronco Buster

    Release Date: 8/5/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Fred Kopietz, Lester Kline, Bill Mason, and La Verne Harding
    Musical Score: James Dietrich
    Music: The Sons of the Pioneers

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 802
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Bill Mason
  • Reissued as The Bronco Buster by Guild/Firelight

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    Amateur Broadcast

    Amateur Broadcast

    Release Date: 8/26/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Animation: Cecil Surry, Ray Abrams, and Ed Benedict
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 803
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Cecil Surry at Lantz
  • Reissued as The Amateur Broadcast by Guild/Firelight

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    The Quail Hunt

    The Quail Hunt

    Release Date: 9/23/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Vic McLeod
    Artists: Fred Kopietz, Bill Mason, Ed Benedict, and Ray Abrams
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 805
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Fell into the public domain in 1963
  • Historian Joe Adamson speculates this short to be an uncredited Tex Avery-directed effort.

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    Fox and the Rabbit

    Fox and the Rabbit

    Release Date: 9/30/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, Bill Mason, and La Verne Harding
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 804
  • Final Cartune Classic
  • The teacher's dialogue, "Go home! Go to bed! Scram!" is muted out of this short's reissue print. Click here to hear it.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 1 (Edited reissue print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Monkey Wretches

    Monkey Wretches

    Release Date: 11/11/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story and Lyrics: Walter Lantz and Vic McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno, Lester Kline, Fred Kopietz, and Bill Mason
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 806
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • First appearance of Meany, Miny, and Moe (the Three Stooges-esque monkeys) not yet differentiated here. Lantz felt they had some real potential as future cartoon stars.

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    Case of the Lost Sheep

    Case of the Lost Sheep

    Release Date: 12/9/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Manuel Moreno and Lester Kline
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 807
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Case of the Lost Sheep
  • Reissued as The Case of the Lost Sheep by Guild/Firelight
  • The first appearance of Manuel Moreno's soft, white Oswald. In an attempt to catch up with Disney, Lantz assigned Moreno to completely redesign the character. Notably, Oswald's "new" design is very reminiscent of the rabbits that appear in the Cartune Classic Fox and the Rabbit, released in September.

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    Doctor Oswald

    Doctor Oswald

    Release Date: 12/30/35
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Walter Lantz and Victor McLeod
    Artists: Ray Abrams and Fred Kopietz
    Musical Score: James Dietrich

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 808
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Reissued as Dr. Oswald by Guild/Firelight
  • This cartoon marks the permanent shortening of Oswald's name from "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit" to simply "Oswald Rabbit". Henceforth, both the series and the character will be referred to as "Oswald Rabbit" in this filmography.
  • 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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