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Wicket Wacky

Director: Walter Lantz
Release Date: May 28, 1951
Stars: Woody Woodpecker
Rating: ★★½

‘Wicket Wacky’ opens with Woody Woodpecker playing croquet, disturbing a gopher by doing so. 118 more words


Puny Express

Director: Walter Lantz
Release Date: January 22, 1951
Stars: Woody Woodpecker, Buzz Buzzard
Rating: ★★★★★

After a squabble with his distributor Universal, and a short fling with United Artists, Walter Lantz was forced to close down his studio in 1948. 279 more words


Maw and Paw animated short

Unavailable but originally shown on the Woody Woodpecker show. View (version w Russian) here.


Moscow fool

Wikipedia tells me that this cartoon was originally called The Mad Matador but some foreign marketing group convinced the producer to change it. There is no explanation on Wikipedia for why it was changed to The Hollywood Matador, and I bet the Russian guy narrating this version doesn’t say anything about it either. 7 more words

Comics & Cartoons


(Life is crazy-but-good right now.  My wife and I are downsizing, in preparation for a potential cross-country relocation later this year.  Our first goal is to reduce our things out of a basement room, which we’d been using as storage, because our landlord needs it.   167 more words

What About Walter Lantz

I have to admit that when I think of Walter Lantz, I also mentally hear,”ha-ha-ha-HA-ha!”” Anyone who has seen more than a few Woody Woodpecker cartoons knows that… 810 more words

Cultural Highlights

April 27, 1899: I Coulda Been a Tenor

Walter Lantz, who was born in 1899 to Italian immigrant parents,  actually had the surname Lanza until an immigration official anglicized it. Had he not, Walter could have grown up to be an opera singer rather than the creator of Woody Woodpecker and many other cartoon characters. 232 more words

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