The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1938



The Lamp Lighter

The Lamp Lighter

Release Date: 1/10/38
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Ray Fahringer and Ted Dubois
Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkre

Notes:
  • Production Number: 834
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon

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    Man Hunt

    Man Hunt

    Release Date: 2/7/38
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: Lester Kline and Ralph Somerville
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 840
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Manhunt
  • The first Lantz cartoon to feature voice characterizations by Mel Blanc.
  • First musical score by Frank Marsales for Lantz. For now, Lantz would experiment between Marsales and Frank Churchill.

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    Yokel Boy Makes Good

    Yokel Boy Makes Good

    Release Date: 2/21/38
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
    Animators: Ray Fahringer and Laverne Harding
    Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkre

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 841
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • The first appearance of Snuffy Skunk
  • The final appearance of the Dumb Cluck
  • Snuffy attempts to disguise himself as Joe Penner and Martha Raye in order to get into the theatre.
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    Trade Mice

    Trade Mice

    Release Date: 2/28/38
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
    Animators: Rudy Zamora and Frank Amon
    Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkre

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 838
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Trade Mice

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    Feed the Kitty

    Feed the Kitty

    Release Date: 3/14/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: Lester Kline and George Nicholas
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 844
  • Alex Lovy's directorial debut
  • The final cartoon in the Oswald series. Oswald himself would still appear in two more films, Happy Scouts (1938) and The Egg-Cracker Suite (1943).
  • 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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    Nellie the Sewing Machine Girl (or Honest Hearts & Willing Hands)

    Nellie the Sewing Machine Girl (or Honest Hearts & Willing Hands)

    Release Date: 4/11/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: Ray Fahringer and George Grandpre
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 842
  • The first New Universal Cartoon. The name of this series did not derive from the fact that the shorts were new Walter Lantz productions, but rather because Universal, under the immediate post-Carl Laemmle management, attempted to refashion itself as the "New Universal" in order to distance itself from the "Old Universal" (i.e., that of Laemmle and his family). The name "New Universal" was applied to most of Universal's output from 1936 into 1940.
  • The first of many 1890's melodrama lampoons produced by the Lantz studio during 1938 and 1939.

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    Tail End

    Tail End

    Release Date: 4/25/38
    Direction: Lester Kline
    Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
    Animators: Fred Kopietz and Ralph Somerville
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 845
  • A New Universal Cartoon, featuring Elmer the Great Dane and Doxie Dachshund.
  • Lester Kline's directorial debut

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    Problem Child

    Problem Child

    Release Date: 5/16/38
    Direction: Rudy Zamora
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: Merle Gilson and Frank Tipper
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 837
  • A New Universal Cartoon, featuring Elmer the Great Dane.
  • Working title: Wildcat Willie
  • Reissued as Brat Cat by Castle Films
  • Rudy Zamora's directorial debut
  • First onscreen credit for George Merle Gilson at Lantz since 1934
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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    Movie Phoney News

    Movie Phoney News

    Release Date: 5/30/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
    Animators: La Verne Harding and George Dane
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 950
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • This "cheater" cartoon features no new animated segments and, with the exception of the soundtrack and the newsreel-esque intertitles, is comprised entirely of footage from the following Lantz releases: The Hillbilly (1935), Monkey Wretches (1935), Soft Ball Game (1936), Alaska Sweepstakes (1936), The Barnyard Five (1936), Music Hath Charms (1936), House of Magic (1937), and The Big Race (1937). Because of this, screen shots from this particular short will not be featured on our filmography.



  • Nellie the Indian Chief's Daughter

    Nellie the Indian Chief's Daughter

    Release Date: 6/6/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
    Animators: La Verne Harding and George Dane
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 849
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Reissued as Nellie, Indian Chief's Daughter by Guild/Firelight

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    Happy Scouts

    Happy Scouts

    Release Date: 6/20/38
    Direction: Fred Kopietz
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: Merle Gilson and Dick Marion
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 848
  • A New Universal Cartoon featuring Oswald Rabbit
  • Fred Kopietz's directorial debut
  • This cartoon features a new design of Oswald. His fur is now colored and his pants are held up by a single suspender (click here to see the Oswald model sheet used for this cartoon, courtesy of Kevin Langley). This design was also used for the character in his cameo appearance in Snuffy's Party (1939) and in his final cartoon, The Egg-Cracker Suite (1943).

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    Cheese-Nappers

    Cheese-Nappers

    Release Date: 7/4/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: Ray Fahringer and George Grandpre
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 843
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • The first appearance of Baby-Face Mouse

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    Voodoo in Harlem

    Voodoo in Harlem

    Release Date: 7/18/38
    Direction: Rudy Zamora
    Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
    Animators: Frank Tipper and Merle Gilson
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 951
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Working title: Black Magic

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    Silly Seals

    Silly Seals

    Release Date: 7/25/38
    Direction: Lester Kline
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: George Nicholas and Ralph Sommerville
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 953
  • Copyrighted as The Silly Seals
  • A New Universal Cartoon

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    Barnyard Romeo

    Barnyard Romeo

    Release Date: 8/1/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: La Verne Harding and George Dane
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 846
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Working title: Fine Feathers
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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    Queen's Kittens

    Queen's Kittens

    Release Date: 8/8/38
    Direction: Lester Kline
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: George Nicholas and Fred Kopietz
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 955
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Reissued as The Queens Kittens by Guild/Firelight
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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    The Big Cat and the Little Mousie

    The Big Cat and the Little Mousie

    Release Date: 8/15/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: Frank Tipper and George Grandpre
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 847
  • A New Universal Cartoon featuring Baby-Face Mouse
  • Reissued as The Big Cat and the Little Mouse by Guild/Firelight

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    Ghost Town Frolics

    Ghost Town Frolics

    Release Date: 9/5/38
    Direction: Lester Kline
    Story: Victor McLeod
    Animators: Dick Marion and Ralph Somerville
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 954
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Working title: Ghost Town
  • The first appearances of Jock and Jill, the Simple Simeons. Jock would appear alone in two more shorts: The Rabbit Hunt (1938) and Soup to Mutts (1939).
  • "Simians" is really misspelled as it pertains to the characters' names.
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic
    Video availability:
  • Universal Matinees: The Ivory-Handled Gun (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    Pixie Land

    Pixie Land

    Release Date: 9/12/38
    Direction: Elmer Perkins
    Story: Victor McLeod
    Animators: Ray Fahringer and Merle Gilson
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 952
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Working title: The Busy Body
  • Elmer Perkins' directorial debut
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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    The Cat and the Bell

    The Cat and the Bell

    Release Date: 10/3/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod and Hicks Lokey
    Animators: Jay Fahringer and La Verne Harding
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 957
  • A New Universal Cartoon featuring Baby-Face Mouse

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    Hollywood Bowl

    Hollywood Bowl

    Release Date: 10/5/38
    Direction: Elmer Perkins
    Story: Victor McLeod and Alex Lovy
    Animators: Frank Tipper and Merle Gilson
    Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 839
  • Final New Universal Cartoon
  • The final musical score by Frank Churchill
  • The final New Universal Cartoon
  • Among the stars seen in this cartoon are Leopold Stokowski, Hugh Herbert, Greta Garbo, Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby (and his horses), Charlie McCharthy, W.C. Fields, Joe Penner (who is given the cold shoulder by Edna Mae Oliver), Ned Sparks, Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Joe E. Brown, Katherine Hepburn, Ben Bernie, Fats Waller, Rudy Vallee, Martha Raye, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Fred Astaire, and Jack Benny.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Universal Matinees: Law for Tombstone (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    The Rabbit Hunt

    The Rabbit Hunt

    Release Date: 10/10/38
    Direction: Lester Kline
    Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
    Animators: Fred Kopietz and George Nicholas
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 956
  • The first Cartune Comedy, featuring Jock.
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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    Sailor Mouse

    Sailor Mouse

    Release Date: 11/7/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod
    Animators: George Grandpre and Frank Tipper
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 958
  • A Cartune Comedy featuring Baby-Face Mouse
  • Reissued as Sailor Boy by Castle Films
  • Our only copy of this film is a Castle Films reissue print. If you have a print with original opening and closing titles, please contact us.

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    The Disobedient Mouse

    The Disobedient Mouse

    Release Date: 11/28/38
    Direction: Lester Kline
    Story: Victor McLeod
    Animators: George Dane and Ralph Somerville
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 960
  • The final Cartune Comedy, featuring Baby-Face Mouse
  • Reissued as Baby Face Battler by Castle Films

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    Baby Kittens

    Baby Kittens

    Release Date: 12/19/38
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Victor McLeod
    Animators: Hicks Lokey and Merle Gilson
    Musical Direction: Scott Bradley

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 962
  • The first Cartune short

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    Little Blue Blackbird

    Little Blue Blackbird

    Release Date: 12/26/38
    Direction: Patrick Lenihan
    Story: Victor McLeod
    Animators: Merle Gilson and Verne Harding
    Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 961
  • A Cartune short
  • Patrick Lenihan's directorial debut
  • Some sources incorrectly list this cartoon as Little Blue Blackbirds
  • Frank Marsales would now become Lantz's permanent musical director until 1941 when Darrell Calker would take over.

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