The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1954



Socko in Morocco

Socko in Morocco

Release Date: 1/18/54
Supervision: Don Patterson
Animation: Ray Abrams, Herman Cohen, and Ken Southworth
Story: Homer Brightman
Set Designs: Art Landy
Music: Clarence Wheeler

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-28
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    A Horse's Tale

    A Horse's Tale

    Release Date: 2/15/54
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Gil Turner, Laverne Harding, and Robert Bentley
    Story: Michael Maltese
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-27
  • First onscreen credit for Michael Maltese at Lantz
  • The first Sugarfoot cartoon. Sugarfoot the Horse appeared in only two solo cartoons, before he became a supporting character in later Woody Woodpecker cartoons. The second and final short in the Sugarfoot solo series was Hay Rube (also released in 1954).
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Alley to Bali

    Alley to Bali

    Release Date: Release Date: 3/15/54
    Supervision: Don Patterson
    Animation: Herman Cohen, Ray Abrams, and Ken Southworth
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-30
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Reissued as Bali Ho by Castle Films.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 11 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Dig That Dog

    Dig That Dog

    Release Date: 4/12/54
    Written and Directed By: Ray Patterson and Grant Simmons
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Narration: Frank Nelson

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-29
  • Even though Cuddles the Great Dane was only featured in this one cartoon, he appeared on merchandise including drinking glasses and coloring books. Lantz, a great dane owner himself, was probably fond of this cartoon and the character.
  • Dig That Dog and Broadway Bow Wow's were made independently by the Grantray studio. Grantray (Lawrence) was of course Grant Simmons and Ray Patterson's post-MGM studio. Lantz gave them the go-ahead to write and direct several theatrical cartoons for him. There was no need for them to hire their own music director or background people since Lantz people needed the work. Walter Lantz went so far as to have have a complete budget worked out for every facet of these two cartoons, but was shrewd enough to be sure he obtained ownership of them outright.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Man's Best Friend (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    Under the Counter Spy

    Under the Counter Spy

    Release Date: 5/10/54
    Supervision: Don Patterson
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Herman Cohen, and Ken Southworth
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-32
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Reissued as Secret Agent F.O.B. by Castle Films.
  • This cartoon spoofs the popular 1951-59 television series Dragnet which was also made into a 1954 feature.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 11 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Hay Rube

    Hay Rube

    Release Date: 6/7/54
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Robert Bentley, La Verne Harding, and Gil Turner
    Story: Michael Maltese
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-31
  • The final Sugarfoot cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 11 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Hot Rod Huckster

    Hot Rod Huckster

    Release Date: 7/5/54
    Supervision: Don Patterson
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Herman Cohen, and Ken Southworth
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-34
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 7 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Broadway Bow Wow's

    Broadway Bow Wow's

    Release Date: 8/2/54
    Written and Directed By: Ray Patterson and Grant Simmons
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Narration: Dick Nelson

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-35
  • For more information about this cartoon, also see: Dig That Dog (1954)
  • Reissued as Vodvil Daze by Castle Films.
  • Hidden Gags: As John and Mary's name quickly moves up to the top of the marquee, watch for the names of the following acts (from bottom to top): "Mophisto the Magician", "The Duo Trio", "Chinese Jugglers", "Trained Seals", "Omalet in Hamlet", "Tightrope Walkers", "'Gulpo' the Sword Swallower", "Tiny the Elephant", "Snake Hips 'Suzzy'", "Pierre's Puppets", "Seedy's Bird Act", "Max and His Sax", and "The Gilhooley Girls".
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Pig in a Pickle

    Pig in a Pickle

    Release Date: 8/30/54
    Supervision: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Laverne Harding, Robert Bentley, and Gil Turner
    Story: Michael Maltese
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-37
  • A Maw and Paw cartoon
  • Reissued as The Piggy That Stayed Home by Castle Films.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 3 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Real Gone Woody

    Real Gone Woody

    Release Date: 9/20/54
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Gil Turner, Laverne Harding, and Robert Bentley
    Story: Michael Maltese
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-33
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Reissued as A Beat Beatnik by Castle Films.
  • The first and only animated appearance by Woody's girlfriend, Winnie Woodpecker (excluding the later New Woody Woodpecker Show).
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 5 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    A Fine Feathered Frenzy

    A Fine Feathered Frenzy

    Release Date: 10/25/54
    Direction: Don Patterson
    Animation: Herman Cohen, Ray Abrams, and Don Patterson
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-36
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Reissued as The Last Chase by Castle Films.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 14 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    Convict Concerto

    Convict Concerto

    Release Date: 11/20/54
    Direction: Don Patterson (uncredited)
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and Herman Cohen
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Piano: Raymond Turner
    Story: Hugh Harmon
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-38
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Reissued as The Piano Tooner by Castle Films.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 1 (TV print; 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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    imcold Willy

    I'm Cold

    Release Date: 12/20/54
    Direction: Tex Avery
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and Laverne Harding
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-43
  • A Chilly Willy cartoon
  • The first appearance of Smedley the Dog
  • First onscreen credit Tex Avery since his depature in 1935. I'm Cold was the first of four shorts that Avery directed for Lantz in 1954-55.
  • Reissued as Some Like It Not by Castle Films.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 1 (Edited TV print; 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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