The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1956



Pigeon Holed

Pigeon Holed

Release Date: 1/16/56
Direction: Alex Lovy
Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and Laverne Harding
Story: Homer Brightman
Settings: Raymond Jacobs
Music: Clarence Wheeler
Character Voices: Dal McKennon

Notes:
  • Production Number: U-55
  • Pigeon Holed marks the first appearance of Homer Pigeon (now redesigned) since 1943. It was also his final cartoon.
  • Hidden Gags: In one scene, Homer's two friends are identified as "Alex" and "Paul". They were probably named after directors Alex Lovy and Paul J. Smith.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 11 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    After the Ball

    After the Ball

    Release Date: 2/13/56
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Robert Bentley, Gil Turner, and Herman R. Cohen
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Settings: Art Landy
    Story: Jack Cosgriff
    Voice: Daws Butler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-52
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Daws Butler at Lantz
  • First onscreen credit for Jack Cosgriff at Lantz since his departure in 1948
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Get Lost

    Get Lost

    Release Date: 3/12/56
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Story: Jack Cosgriff
    Animation: Herman R. Cohen, Gil Turner, and Robert Bentley
    Settings: Art Landy
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Voices: June Foray (uncredited) and Dal McKennon

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-54
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Gil Turner at Lantz
  • The first animated appearance of Splinter and Knothead.
  • Reissued as Hansel and Gretel by Castle Films.
    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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    The Ostrich Egg and I

    The Ostrich Egg and I

    Release Date: 4/9/56
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Animation: Ray Abrams, Don Patterson, and Laverne Harding
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Eugene Poddany
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    Voices: Grace Stafford and Daws Butler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-56
  • First onscreen credit for Grace Stafford at Lantz
  • The first musical score by Eugene Poddany
  • The first Maggie and Sam cartoon. Since the two characters were so successful in Crazy Mixed Up Pup (1955), Alex Lovy decided to cast them in their own short-lived series.
  • This cartoon's title is a play on the 1947 Universal feature The Egg and I starring Claudette Colbert and Fred MacMurray.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 6 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Chief Charlie Horse

    Chief Charlie Horse

    Release Date: 5/7/56
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Robert Bentley, Herman R. Cohen, and Ray Abrams
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Settings: Art Landy
    Story: Jack Cosgriff
    Voices: Dal McKennon

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-58
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Last onscreen credit for Jack Cosgriff at Lantz
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Room and Wrath

    Room and Wrath

    Release Date: 6/4/56
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Animation: Laverne Harding, Ray Abrams, and Don Patterson
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Voice: Daws Butler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-57
  • A Chilly Willy cartoon
  • Originally storyboarded by Tex Avery
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 2 (Edited TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Woodpecker From Mars

    Woodpecker From Mars

    Release Date: 7/2/56
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Herman R. Cohen, Robert Bentley, and Laverne Harding
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    Voice: Dal McKennon

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-59
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • Includes reused animation from Termites From Mars (1952)
  • "Captain Zoom" is actually a caricature of Dal McKennon. "Zoom" was based on a character called "Captain Jet" who McKennon played on a local Los Angeles television station at the time.
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Hold That Rock

    Hold That Rock

    Release Date: 7/30/56
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Animation: Ray Abrams and Laverne Harding
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    Voices: Daws Butler
    "Chilly Willy" Vocal By: "Wee" Bonnie Baker

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-63
  • A Chilly Willy cartoon
  • Originally storyboarded by Tex Avery
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 4 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    The Talking Dog

    The Talking Dog

    Release Date: 8/27/56
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Animation: Ray Abrams and Laverne Harding
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs and Art Landy
    Voices: Grace Stafford and Daws Butler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-61
  • A Sam and Maggie cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 8 (TV print; DVD; Columbia House)

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    Calling All Cuckoos

    Calling All Cuckoos

    Release Date: 9/24/56
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Animation: Les Kline and Robert Bentley
    Settings: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-62
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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    Niagara Fools

    Niagara Fools

    Release Date: 10/22/56
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Les Kline and Robert Bentley
    Story: Milt Schaffer and Dick Kinney
    Settings: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Voices: Bob Johnson

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-64
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for Dick Kinney at Lantz
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 13 (DVD; Columbia House)

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    Arts and Flowers

    Arts and Flowers

    Release Date: 11/19/56
    Direction: Paul J. Smith
    Animation: Don Patterson, Robert Bentley, and Herman R. Cohen
    Story: Homer Brightman and Frank J. Goldberg
    Settings: Art Landy and Raymond Jacobs
    Music: Clarence Wheeler
    Voice: Dal McKennon

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-60
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 6 (TV print; 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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    Woody Meets Davy Crewcut

    Woody Meets Davy Crewcut

    Release Date: 12/17/56
    Direction: Alex Lovy
    Animation: Ray Abrams and Laverne Harding
    Story: Homer Brightman
    Settings: Raymond Jacobs
    Voices: Daws Butler
    Music: Clarence Wheeler

    Notes:
  • Production Number: U-66
  • A Woody Woodpecker cartoon
    Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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