The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1945



The Pied Piper of Basin Street

The Pied Piper of Basin Street

Release Date: 1/15/45
Direction: James Culhane
Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
Animation Layout: Art Heinemann
Animation: Verne Harding and Pat Matthews
Music: Darrell Calker
Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard
Featuring: Jack Teagarden

Notes:
  • Production Number: D-10
  • A Swing Symphony cartoon
  • The mayor appears to be a caricature of Lou Costello.
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as a November 1944 release.
    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. 1 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    Chew-Chew Baby

    Chew-Chew Baby

    Release Date: 2/5/45
    Direction: James Culhane
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation Layout: Art Heinemann
    Animation: Paul Smith and Grim Natwick
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard

    Notes:
  • Production Number: D-12
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Art Heinemann at Lantz.
    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. 3 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Comedy Legends: Abbott and Costello: Here Come the Co-Eds (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    Sliphorn King of Polaroo

    Sliphorn King of Polaroo

    Release Date: 3/19/45
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Pat Matthews
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Trombone Vocals: Jack Teagarden
    Baritone: Lee Sweetland
    Narration: Hans Conried

    Notes:
  • Production Number: D-13
  • The final Swing Symphony cartoon
  • Dick Lundy's directorial debut
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as a February release.
  • Early storyboards show Wally Walrus in the role of Jackson, the Sliphorn King of Polaroo. For whatever reason, Wally was dropped and the character was played by a lion in the finished cartoon.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    Woody Dines Out

    Woody Dines Out

    Release Date: 5/14/45
    Direction: James Culhane
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Don Williams
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Philip DeGuard

    Notes:
  • Production Number: E-1
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Last onscreen credits for Philip DeGuard and Don Williams at Lantz
  • Incorrectly listed as Woody Woodpecker in Woody Dines Out in Michael Fitzgerald's Universal Pictures
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as an April release.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends: Woody Dines Out (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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    Crow Crazy

    Crow Crazy

    Release Date: 7/9/45
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Les Kline and Paul Smith
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: E-2
  • An Andy Panda cartoon
  • Renewed as Andy Panda in Crow Crazy in 1972.
  • Incorrectly listed as Andy Panda in Crow Crazy in Michael Fitzgerald's Universal Pictures
  • The first apperance of Andy's dim-witted dog, Milo. He would appear again in Mousie Come Home (1946).
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: The World of Andy Panda (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    The Dippy Diplomat

    The Dippy Diplomat

    Release Date: 8/27/45
    Direction: James Culhane
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Pat Matthews and Grim Natwick
    Music: Darrell Calker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: E-3
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as a July release.
    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. 8 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Comedy Legends: Abbott and Costello: The Naughty Nineties (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    The Loose Nut

    The Loose Nut

    Release Date: 12/17/45
    Direction: James Culhane
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Laverne Harding and Emery Hawkins
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Terry Lind

    Notes:
  • Production Number: E-5
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Terry Lind at Lantz
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as an October release.
  • Model sheets for this cartoon refer to the construction worker as "Bull Dozer."
    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. 6 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends: Woody Dines Out (VHS; Goodtimes)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 2 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 2 (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

  • Screen Shots (click to enlarge):




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