The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1953



What's Sweepin'

What's Sweepin'

Release Date: 1/5/53
Supervision: Don Patterson
Animation: Ray Abrams, Laverne Harding, and Paul Smith
Sets: Raymond Jacobs
Music: Clarence Wheeler

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-14
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Working title: The Big Clean-Up
  • Most copies of this cartoon are missing the final scene of Wally catching Woody, and Woody being forced to sweep up after the elephants.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (Edited TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    The Dog That Cried Wolf

    The Dog That Cried Wolf

    Release Date: 3/23/53
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Gil Turner, Cecil Surry, and Robert Bentley
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-15
  • Paul J. Smith's directorial debut
  • The first non-Woody Woodpecker cartoon produced by the Lantz studio since the return to Universal.
  • First onscreen credits for Gil Turner and Robert Bentley at Lantz
  • First onscreen Cecil Surry at Lantz since his depature in 1935. It should to be noted that Surry was moonlighting at Lantz while also working for United Productions of America (UPA).
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 7 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Buccaneer Woodpecker

    Buccaneer Woodpecker

    Release Date: 4/20/53
    Supervision: Don Patterson
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Animation: Laverne Harding and Ray Abrams
    Sets: Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-16
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Art Landy at Lantz.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 9 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    The Mouse and the Lion

    The Mouse and the Lion

    Release Date: 5/11/53
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Gil Turner, Cecil Surry, and Robert Bentley
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-17
  • The first Foolish Fable cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Operation Sawdust

    Operation Sawdust

    Release Date: 6/15/53
    Supervision: Don Patterson
    Animation: La Verne Harding and Ray Abrams
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Sets: Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-18
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Snipped from most copies of this cartoon is the scene where the runaway saw blade slices Buzz in half. Click here to view an image of the edited scene.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 11 (Edited TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    The Flying Turtle

    The Flying Turtle

    Release Date: 6/29/53
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Gil Turner, Cecil Surry, and Robert Bentley
    Music: Clarence Wheeler and Art Landy
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-19
  • The final Foolish Fable cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Cecil Surry at Lantz
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Wrestling Wrecks

    Wrestling Wrecks

    Release Date: 7/20/53
    Supervision: Don Patterson
    Animation: Laverne Harding, Ray Abrams, and Ken Southworth
    Sets: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-20
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Ken Southworth at Lantz
  • The only post-1939 appearance of Elmer the Great Dane.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 3 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Maw and Paw
    The Kids
    Milford

    Maw and Paw

    Release Date: 8/10/53
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Ken Southworth, Gil Turner, and Robert Bentley
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-21
  • The first Maw and Paw cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 8 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Belle Boys

    Belle Boys

    Release Date: 9/14/53
    Supervision: Don Patterson
    Animation: Laverne Harding, Ray Abrams, and Ken Southworth
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-22
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Hypnotic Hick

    Hypnotic Hick

    Release Date: 9/26/53
    Supervisor: Don Patterson
    Artists: Ray Abrams, Laverne Harding, Ken Southworth, Gil Turner, Herman Cohen, Clarence Wheeler, Homer Brightman, Raymond Jacobs, Art Landy, and Robert Bentley
    Technical Director: William Garity

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-24
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • The only Lantz cartoon to be released in 3-D.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 8 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Plywood Panic

    Plywood Panic

    Release Date: 9/28/53
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: LaVerne Harding, Gil Turner, and Robert Bentley
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    Technical Director: Albert Clettis Glenn

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-23
  • A Maw and Paw cartoon
  • It is likely that this cartoon was originally intended to be released in 3-D.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 3 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 3 (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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    Hot Noon (or 12 O'Clock For Sure)

    Hot Noon (or 12 O'Clock For Sure)

    Release Date: 10/12/53
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Gil Turner, LaVerne Harding, and Robert Bentley
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-26
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • This cartoon is an obvious satire of the 1952 United Artists feature High Noon starring Gary Cooper and Grace Kelly.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (Edited TV print; DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Wild and Woody (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 1 (VHS; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and His Friends, Vol. 1 (Laserdisc; Universal/MCA)

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    Chilly Willy

    Chilly Willy

    Release Date: 12/21/53
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Gil Turner, LaVerne Harding, and Robert Bentley
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    "Chilly Willy" Song By: Mary Jo Rush
    Sung By: Sara Berner

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-25
  • The first appearance of Chilly Willy and the first cartoon in the Chilly Willy series
  • Reissued as Cold Feet for television
    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)

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