The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1941



Mouse Trappers

Mouse Trappers

Release Date: 1/27/41
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Ben Hardaway
Artists: Alex Lovy and George Dane
Music: Darrell Calker

Notes:
  • Production Number: 994
  • An Andy Panda cartoon
  • The first musical score by Darrell Calker
  • Poppa Panda's voice has been changed. He now sounds like W.C. Fields.
  • Most copies of this cartoon are missing the drinking scene featuring the mouse and the cat. Also missing in many prints is the scene that takes place after Poppa Panda tries to shoot an apple off of the mouse's head. Poppa is such a bad shot, that the mouse hands him a card reading "You Are Exempt from Military Service" (obviously a reference to FDR's peacetime conscription). Click here to see images of the edited scenes.

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    Fair Today

    Fair Today

    Release Date: 2/24/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Artists: Alex Lovy, Ralph Somerville
    Story: Ben Hardaway
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 995
  • A Cartune short
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat

    Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat

    Release Date: 3/28/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Ben Hardaway
    Artists: Alex Lovy and Frank Tipper
    Music Arrangement: Darrell Calker
    Music and Words: Don Raye

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 999
  • A Cartune short
  • Fell into the public domain in 1969
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as an April release.
  • Viewable online at the Internet Archive's Moving Images Archive.
  • This cartoon has been withheld from distribution by Universal since 1949 due to its portrayal of African-Americans. The decision was made after a strong objection was raised by the NAACP upon the short's reissue in 1948. The entire episode was a shock to Lantz who prided himself on avoiding problems with the censors. He repeatedly stated that his cartoons were never meant to offend anyone. After the 1948 decision, Lantz made a major effort to make sure that offensive caricatures of any racial or ethnic group would never appear in his cartoons again. He also personally made sure that Scrub Me Mama would never be distributed on television.
    Video availability:
  • Johnny Legend Presents: The Complete Weird Cartoons (DVD; Rhino)
  • Johnny Legend Presents: Weird Cartoons, Vol. 1 (VHS; Rhino)
  • Cartoon Classics #9 (VHS; Video Yesteryear)

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    Hysterical Highspots in American History

    Hysterical Highspots in American History

    Release Date: 3/31/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Artists: Alex Lovy and Verne Harding
    Story: Ben Hardaway
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 996
  • A Cartune short
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Dizzy Kitty

    Dizzy Kitty

    Release Date: 5/26/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Ben Hardaway
    Artists: Alex Lovy and Harold Mason
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 997
  • An Andy Panda cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 8 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Salt Water Daffy

    Salt Water Daffy

    Release Date: 6/9/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Lowell Elliott
    Animation: Alex Lovy and Les Kline
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 998
  • A Cartune short
  • The final appearance of Punchy

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    Woody Woodpecker

    Woody Woodpecker

    Release Date: 7/7/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Lowell Elliott
    Animation: Alex Lovy and Les Kline
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 1000
  • Reissued as The Cracked Nut by Castle Films
  • The first in the Woody Woodpecker series
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (Edited TV print; DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Woody Woodpecker: Collector's Edition, Vol. 1 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 3 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Woody Woodpecker: Collector's Edition (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 3 (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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    Andy Panda's Pop

    Andy Panda's Pop

    Release Date: 7/28/41
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Lowell Elliot
    Artists: Alex Lovy and George Dane
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 1002
  • A Cartune short, featuring Poppa Panda
  • Reissued as Goofy Roofer for television
  • By this time, Poppa Panda had become such a success that Lantz decided to have him star in his own cartoon. It should be noted that Andy Panda himself does not appear here at all. Andy's mother does make a cameo appearance, however.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 6 (Retitled TV print; DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: The World of Andy Panda (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    The Screwdriver

    The Screwdriver

    Release Date: 8/11/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Ben Hardaway and J. Cosgrove
    Artists: Alex Lovy and R. Somerville
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 1003
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Reissued as Woody's Jalopy for television
  • Incorrectly listed as Woody Woodpecker, The Screwdriver in Michael Fitzgerald's Universal Pictures
  • The final appearance of Mel Blanc as the voice of Woody Woodpecker. Danny Webb would provide the voice for the character in Pantry Panic and The Hollywood Matador before being replaced by Kent Rogers. Blanc's famous Woody laugh would continue to be utilized until 1951, while his "Guess Who?" would be used until the end of the series in 1972.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (Edited, retitled TV print; DVD; Columbia House)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends: The Screwdriver (VHS; Goodtimes)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 2 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 2 (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company 'B'

    Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company "B"

    Release Date: 9/1/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Artists: Alex Lovy and Verne Harding
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Lowell Elliott
    Musical Arrangement: Darrell Calker
    Music: Hughie Prince
    Lyrics: Don Raye

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 1004
  • A Cartune short
  • Academy Award nominee
  • Includes reused animation from Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Man's Best Friend

    Man's Best Friend

    Release Date: 10/20/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Story: Ben Hardaway and J. Cosgriff
    Artists: Alex Lovy and Harold Mason
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 1005
  • A Cartune short
  • Pinto Colvig, who previously worked for Lantz as an inbetweener and animator in the studio's days of infancy, returned to voice the hunter in this cartoon.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 11 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Man's Best Friend (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    Pantry Panic

    Pantry Panic

    Release Date: 11/24/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Artists: Alex Lovy and Lester Kline
    Story: Ben Hardaway and L.E. Elliot
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 1006
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Working title: What's Cookin'
  • Copyrighted as What's Cookin'
  • Incorrectly listed as What's Cookin' in Michael Fitzgerald's Universal Pictures
  • Fell into the public domain in 1969
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as an October release.
  • Model sheets for this cartoon refer to the cat as "Korny Kat"
  • Viewable online at the Internet Archive's Moving Images Archive.
  • The first appearance of Danny Webb as the voice of Woody.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker Favorites (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 9 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet the Invisible Man (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Comedy Legends: Abbott and Costello: Hold That Ghost (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    $21 a Day (Once a Month)

    $21 a Day (Once a Month)

    Release Date: 12/1/41
    Direction: Walter Lantz
    Artists: Alex Lovy and Frank Tipper
    Story: Ben Hardaway and L.E. Elliot
    Music Arrangement: Darrell Calker
    Music: Felix Bernard
    Lyrics: Ray Klages

    Notes:
  • Production Number: 1007
  • The first Swing Symphony cartoon
  • Be sure to look for cameos by Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, and Snuffy Skunk
  • Click here to see $21 a Day (Once a Month) sheet music.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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