The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1947


NOTE: In 1947, Lantz went to renegotiate his seven-year Universal contract with Matty Fox, Universal's Vice President. Universal wanted commerical and licensing rights to the Lantz characters. After sometime of arguing, Lantz finally refused Fox's offer and instead went to George Bagnall of United Artists. Lantz produced a total of twelve cartoons for United Artists before his studio closed again in 1949.


Musical Moments from Chopin

Musical Moments from Chopin

Release Date: 2/24/47
Direction: Dick Lundy
Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
Animation: Laverne Harding and Les Kline
Music: Darrell Calker
Backgrounds: Fred Brunish

Notes:
  • Production Number: F-10
  • Academy Award nominee
  • A Musical Miniature, featuring Andy Panda and Woody Woodpecker
  • The first appearance of Woody with green eyes since The Barber of Seville (1944).
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as an April 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. 5 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 1 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 1 (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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    Smoked Hams

    Smoked Hams

    Release Date: 4/28/47
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Grim Natwick and Stanley C. Onaitis
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Fred Brunish

    Notes:
  • Production Number: F-7
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 1 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 3 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 3 (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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    The Coo Coo Bird

    The Coo Coo Bird

    Release Date: 6/9/47
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Hal Mason and Sid Pillet
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Fred Brunish

    Notes:
  • Production Number: F-9
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • 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. 7 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Woody Woodpecker: Collector's Edition, Vol. 2 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Woody Woodpecker: Collector's Edition (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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    The Overture To William Tell

    The Overture To William Tell

    Release Date: 6/16/47
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Verne Harding and S. C. Onaitis
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Fred Brunish

    Notes:
  • Production Number: F-11
  • A Musical Miniature, featuring Wally Walrus
  • Includes reused animation from Sliphorn King of Polaroo (1945)
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 1 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    Well Oiled

    Well Oiled

    Release Date: 6/30/47
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Les Kline and Pat Matthews
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Fred Brunish

    Notes:
  • Production Number: F-8
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Hidden Gag: Look for a billboard ad for Walter Lantz's New Funnies Magazine featuring Andy Panda and Oswald Rabbit.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 5 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Woody Woodpecker: Collector's Edition, Vol. 2 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Woody Woodpecker: Collector's Edition (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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    Solid Ivory

    Solid Ivory

    Release Date: 8/25/47
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Grim Natwick and Hal Mason
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Fred Brunish

    Notes:
  • Production Number: F-12
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Last onscreen credits for Grim Natwick and Milt Schaffer at Lantz
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 3 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    Woody the Giant Killer

    Woody the Giant Killer

    Release Date: 12/15/47
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Webb Smith
    Animation: Verne Harding and Ed Love
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Fred Brunish

    Notes:
  • Production Number: F-13
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Working title: Woody and the Beanstalk
  • First onscreen credits for Ed Love and Webb Smith
  • The first appearance of salesman Buck Beaver. His second, and last, animated appearance was in Scrappy Birthday (1949) with Andy Panda.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 7 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    The Bandmaster

    The Bandmaster

    Release Date: 12/22/47
    Direction: Dick Lundy
    Story: Ben Hardaway and Webb Smith
    Animation: Verne Harding and Les Kline
    Music: Darrell Calker
    Backgrounds: Fred Brunish
    Featuring the Overture to Zampa

    Notes:
  • Production Number: UA-5
  • A Musical Miniature featuring Andy Panda
  • Working title: Circus Symphony
  • The first Lantz cartoon to be released by United Artists.
  • The original production number for this short was F-13. However, F-13 was later reassigned to Woody the Giant Killer
  • Title card shown above is the original title. Click here for an image of the title card used when this cartoon was reissued.
  • Incorrectly listed as The Band Master in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic
  • Not to be confused with The Bandmaster (1931)
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 1 (Reissue print; VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 1 (Reissue print; Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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