I will be adding more examples in the weeks and months to come.
The original Walter Lantz cartoons have been off U.S. television for years - and their presence on home video is practically non-existent. The good news: COLUMBIA HOUSE has just released a ten volume set of "WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS" collectors edition videos. They are available now on VHS & DVD, by mail order only.
Details are posted below.
At left is a Universal Pictures booking contract for the Woody Woodpecker cartoons - this one is filled out to book all six 1951 releases (PUNY EXPRESS, SLEEP HAPPY, WICKET WACKY, SLINGSHOT 6 7/8, REDWOOD SAP, DESTINATION MEATBALL) into a theatre in New Orleans. $3. rental per cartoon!
Click on it to enlarge.
See recent Japanese Oswald Rabbit toys here.
1940s MAIN TITLES: Lantz did not have consistent title cards. Which was great - because each picture was its own delightful event. On ocassion they would stick to a standard opening, but they changed formats often, and they were as varied as his cartoon managerie. Walter Lantz was sometimes billed as Walt Lantz.
1950s MAIN TITLES: Lantz got a little more standard in the fifties.
1960s MAIN TITLES: At this point, Lantz got really boring.
Columbia House released a series of Walter Lantz cartoons, entitled WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS: THE COLLECTORS EDITION, in 2002.
|"Life Begins For Andy Panda"|
was complete and uncut -
pygmies and all!
There were 15 volumes produced. The first ten were released on VHS and DVD. Vols. 11-15 were released only on DVD. Five additional volumes were planned, but the series was scrapped after the 15th volume.
Good news, there is a new WOODY WOODPECKER dvd collection being compiled (I'm a consultant to Universal on this set) for July 2007 release.
Below is a list of the contents of the fifteen volumes of the Columbia House set:
BELLE BOYS, BROADWAY BOW WOW, WOODY WOODPECKER, ACE IN THE HOLE, BANDMASTER, BANQUET BUSTERS, REDWOOD SAP, CRAZY MIXED UP PUP (Tex Avery), THE SCREWDRIVER, HOT NOON, FLYING TURTLE, and ROOM & WRATH
FISH FRY, PIXIE PICNIC, WOODY DINES OUT, CROW CRAZY, SLIPHORN KING OF POLAROO, RECKLESS DRIVER, LEGEND OF ROCK-A-BYE POINT (Tex Avery Chilly Willy), MOUSE AND THE LION, WHAT'S SWEEPIN', SWING YOUR PARTNER, HOLD THAT ROCK, and TERMITES FROM MARS.
ANDY PANDA GOES FISHING, POET & THE PEASENT, SKI FOR TWO, MEATLESS TUESDAY, JUNGLE JIVE, LOOSE NUT, THE GREAT WHO DOOD IT, ANDY PANDA'S POP, PAW'S NIGHT OUT, WICKET WACKY. ANDY PANDA'S VICTORY GARDEN, and THE OSTRICH EGG & I
FAIR WEATHER FIENDS, SCRAMBLED EGGS, WOODY THE GIANT KILLER, 100 PYGMIES AND ANDY PANDA, KITTEN MITTENS, COO COO BIRDS, GET LOST, DOG THAT CRIED WOLF, HOT ROD HUCKSTER, ARTS & FLOWERS, SALMON YEGGS, GABBY'S DINER, and DOC'S LAST STAND
PANTRY PANIC, KIDDIE CONCERT, WACKY BYE BABY, WILD & WOODY, CRAZY HOUSE, DIG THAT DOG, BUCCANEER WOODPECKER, THE HAMS THAT COULDN'T BE CURED, HOT & COLD PENGUIN, SOUTHERN FRIED HOSPITALITY (Gabby Gator), MACKAREL MOOCHER (Chilly), BATS IN THE BELFREY and CASE OF THE COLD STORAGE YEGG
PAINTER & POINTER, DOG TAX DODGERS, THE MAD HATTER, SLEEP HAPPY, GOODBYE MR. MOTH, FLEA FOR TWO, WOODY WOODPECKER POLKA, TRUENT STUDENT, TREE MEDIC, WITTY KITTY, RED RIDING HOODLUM, FOWLED UP BIRTHDAY (1st Beary Family), TREE'S A CROWD, and FISH HOOKED.
Alley to Bali, Under the Spreading Blacksmith Shop, Village Blacksmith, "Pigeon Holed, "The Loan Stranger, "Playful Pelican, "Under the Counter Spy, "Operation Sawdust, "Man's Best Friend, "Hay Rube, "Pistol Packin' Woodpecker, "St. Mortiz Blitz, "Fodder and Son, "Freeloading Feline"
WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS VOL. 12
"Misguided Missile" "The Bear and the Bees" "Watch the Birdie" "Punchy Pooch" "Half Empty Saddles" "Fowled Up Party" "Round Trip to Mars" "A Chilly Reception" "Ballyhooey "Rough and Tumbleweed" "Franken-Stymied" "Mother's Little Helper" "The Unbearable Salesman" "Yukon Have It" "Dopey Dick the Pink Whale" "Phoney Express"
WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS VOL. 14
"Kiddie League" "Charlie's Mother-in-Law" "The Bird Who Came to Dinner" "Fish and Chips" "Poop Deck Pirate" "Pesky Pelican" "A Fine Feathered Frenzy" "Corny Concerto" "Log Jammed" "Hi-Seas Hi-Jacker" "The Tee Bird" "Sufferin' Cats" "Billion Dollar Boner" "Coming Out Party" "Romp in a Swamp" "Pest of Show"
WOODY WOODPECKER AND FRIENDS VOL. 15
"Square Shootin' Square" "Plumber of Seville" "Witch Crafty" "Goose in the Rough" "Bunco Busters" "Case of the Red-Eyed Ruby" "Bedtime Bedlam" "Pigeon Patrol" (edited) "Careless Caretaker" "Half-Baked Alaska" "Guest Who?" "Busman's Holiday" "Tragic Magic" "Chilly Chums" "Foot Brawl" "Room and Bored"
This page is written, compiled and copyright © 2003 by Jerry Beck
SPECIAL THANKS to Thad Komorowski and James Tucker for certain frame grabs.
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