The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1955



Helter Shelter

Helter Shelter

Release Date: 1/17/55
Direction: Paul J. Smith
Animation: Laverne Harding, Robert Bentley, Herman Cohen, and Gil Turner
Story: Michael Maltese
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Settings: Art Landy

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-40
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    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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    Crazy Mixed Up Pup

    Crazy Mixed Up Pup

    Release Date: 2/14/55
    Written and Directed By: Tex Avery
    Animation: LaVerne Harding, Don Patterson, and Ray Abrams
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-39
  • Academy Award nominee
    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. 2 (Edited TV print; DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Man's Best Friend (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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    Witch Crafty

    Witch Crafty

    Release Date: 3/14/55
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Robert Bentley, Herman Cohen, and Gil Turner
    Story: Homer Brightman and Michael Maltese
    Settings: Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-42
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 15 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    The Legend of Rockabye Point

    The Legend of Rockabye Point

    Release Date: 4/11/55
    Direction: Tex Avery
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and LaVerne Harding
    Story: Michael Maltese
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Set Design: Raymond Jacobs

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-41
  • A Chilly Willy cartoon
  • Acadmey Award nominee
  • Reissued as The Rock-a-Bye Legend by Castle Films.
    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. 4 (TV print; 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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    Private Eye Pooch

    Private Eye Pooch

    Release Date: 5/9/55
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Robert Bentley, Herman Cohen, and Gil Turner
    Story: Homer Brightman and Michael Maltese
    Settings: Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-44
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • The first appearance of Professor Dingledong
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 13 (DVD; Columbia House)
  • Walter Lantz Presents: Man's Best Friend (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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    Sh-h-h-h-h-h

    Sh-h-h-h-h-h

    Release Date: 6/6/55
    Written and Directed By: Tex Avery
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and La Verne Harding
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Backgrounds: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    The Original OKEH Laughing Record, Heard On This Film, Is Used By Permission Of OKEH Records

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-48
  • Last onscreen credit for Tex Avery at Lantz
  • The original OKEH laughing record used for this cartoon can be heard online at the Internet Archive's Audio Archive.
    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 (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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    Bedtime Bedlam

    Bedtime Bedlam

    Release Date: 7/4/55
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Animation: Gil Turner, Robert Bentley, and Herman R. Cohen
    Settings: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-46
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • June Foray provides the voice of Mrs. Moneybelt in this cartoon.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 15 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    Flea for Two

    Flea for Two

    Release Date: 7/20/55
    Direction: Don Patterson
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and Herman R. Cohen
    Story: Michael Maltese
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-45
  • Leonard Maltin erroneously lists Ray Patterson as the director of this cartoon.
  • Reissued as The Fearless Flea by Castle Films.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 10 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Paw's Night Out

    Paw's Night Out

    Release Date: 8/16/55
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Robert Bentley, Herman Cohen, and Gil Turner
    Story: Homer Brightman and Michael Maltese
    Settings: Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-47
  • The final Maw and Paw cartoon
  • Reissued as Piggy's Dizzy Nite by Castle Films.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 6 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Square Shootin' Square

    Square Shootin' Square

    Release Date: 9/1/55
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Story: Michael Maltese
    Animation: Gil Turner, Robert Bentley, and Herman R. Cohen
    Settings: Art Landy
    Character Voices: Dal McKennon
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-49
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Dal McKennon at Lantz
  • The first appearance of Dapper Denver Dooley
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 15 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    Hot and Cold Penguin

    Hot and Cold Penguin

    Release Date: 10/24/55
    Written and Directed By: Alex Lovy
    Animation: Laverne Harding, Ray Abrams, and Don Patterson
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-51
  • A Chilly Willy cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Alex Lovy since his departure in 1943
  • Originally storyboarded by Tex Avery
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 9 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Bunco Busters

    Bunco Busters

    Release Date: 11/21/55
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Story: Milt Schaffer
    Animation: Gil Turner, Robert Bentley, and Herman R. Cohen
    Settings: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs
    Voice: Dal McKennon
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-50
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Milt Schaffer at Lantz since his departure in 1947
  • The final cartoon to feature Woody with green eyes.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 15 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    The Tree Medic

    The Tree Medic

    Release Date: 12/9/55
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Animation: Don Patterson, Laverne Harding, and Ray Abrams
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-53
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • The first cartoon to feature Woody with black eyes.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 10 (DVD; Columbia House)

  • Screen Shots (click to enlarge):




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