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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

Wretched Richard's Almanac


Director: Walter Lantz or Bill Nolan
Release Date: July 14, 1930
Stars: Oswald the Rabbit, Kitty
Rating: ★★★½

‘Spooks’ is a nice early Oswald cartoon from the Walter Lantz studio. 116 more words

Black And White Films

Hell's Heels

Director: Walter Lantz or Bill Nolan
Release Date: June 2, 1930
Stars: Oswald the Rabbit, Peg Leg Pete
Rating: ★★★★

In the spring of 1929 Universal announced that it had set up an animation studio to make sound cartoons of its own. 237 more words

Black And White Films

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Pygmy Ignorant

My delightful French box set of Tex Avery films is, in some ways, all the more delightful for excluding a couple of controversial titles, UNCLE TOM’S CABANA, and HALF-PINT PYGMY. 1,032 more words


Clammy hands

The description on YouTube for this cartoon  is “Oswald has a fun day at the beach.” I guess that’s accurate, but there is a lot of narrowly-avoided peril as well. 17 more words

Comics & Cartoons

The Hams That Couldn't Be Cured

Director: Walter Lantz
Release Date: March 4, 1942
Rating: ★★★★

This short has probably grimmest opening shot of all Hollywood cartoons: that of someone about to be hanged. 179 more words