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Walter Lantz Autographs, Memorabilia & Collectibles

WALTER LANTZ
Born: April 27, 1899 in New Rochelle, New York
Died: March 22, 1994 in Burbank, California
Biography | show moreshow less
Walter Lantz, an influential figure in the animation industry, was born on April 27, 1899, in New Rochelle, New York. His career spanned seven decades, during which he made significant contributions to the development and popularization of animated films. Lantz is perhaps most recognized for creating the character Woody Woodpecker, a woodpecker whose characteristic laugh and mischievous antics made him a beloved figure in American popular culture. Woody Woodpecker first appeared in the short film "Knock Knock" (1940) and subsequently starred in over 200 short films produced by the Walter Lantz Studio.

Before establishing his studio, Lantz worked at Universal Pictures, where he directed Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, one of the first successful animated characters, after taking over the series from Walt Disney. A little-known fact about Lantz is that he was one of the first animation producers to embrace television, and in the late 1950s, he began airing Woody Woodpecker cartoons on television, which significantly boosted the character's popularity.
Film Credits | show moreshow less
1936-Beachcombers (Producer), 1936-Beachcombers (Director), 1930-King-of-Jazz (Animation Department), 1920-The-Rhyme-That-Went-Wrong (Animation Department), 1919-Sufficiency (Animation Department), 1936-Beachcombers (Writer), 1923-Colonel-Heeza-Liar,-Strikebreaker (Animation Department), 1920-A-Tough-Pull (Animation Department), 1924-Colonel-Heeza-Liar,-Sky-Pilot (Animation Department), 1924-Colonel-Heeza-Liar's-Ancestor (Animation Department), 1923-Colonel-Heeza-Liar-in-the-African-Jungles (Animation Department), 1924-Colonel-Heeza-Liar's-Mysterious-Case (Animation Department), 1920-A-Warm-Reception (Animation Department), 1923-Colonel-Heeza-Liar-in-Uncle-Tom's-Cabin (Animation Department), 1916-Jerry-Ships-a-Circus (Animation Department), 1972-Unlucky-Potluck (Producer), 1972-Indian-Corn (Producer), 1972-Pecking-Holes-in-Poles (Producer), 1971-The-Reluctant-Recruit (Producer), 1971-Chilly's-Hide-a-Way (Producer), 1971-The-Bungling-Builder (Producer), 1970-Chilly's-Cold-War (Producer), 1970-Buster's-Last-Stand (Producer), 1970-Chilly's-Ice-Folly (Producer), 1970-Seal-on-the-Loose (Producer), 1970-The-Unhandy-Man (Producer), 1969-Cool-It,-Charlie (Producer), 1968-A-Lad-in-Baghdad (Producer), 1968-Woody-the-Free-Loader (Producer), 1968-Hook,-Line,-and-Stinker (Producer), 1968-Bugged-in-a-Rug (Producer), 1967-Secret-Agent-Woody-Woodpecker (Producer), 1967-The-Nautical-Nut (Producer), 1967-Vicious-Viking (Producer), 1967-Sissy-Sheriff (Producer), 1967-Window-Pains (Producer), 1966-South-Pole-Pals (Producer), 1966-Hassle-in-a-Castle (Producer), 1966-Lonesome-Ranger (Producer), 1966-Rough-Riding-Hood (Producer), 1966-Operation-Shanghai (Producer), 1965-Pesty-Guest (Producer), 1965-Janie-Get-Your-Gun (Producer), 1965-Woodpecker-Wanted (Producer), 1965-Guest-Who (Producer), 1964-Roamin'-Roman (Producer), 1964-Skin-Folks (Producer), 1964-Rah-Rah-Ruckus (Producer), 1963-Goose-Is-Wild (Producer), 1963-Shutter-Bug (Producer), 1963-Stowaway-Woody (Producer), 1962-Corny-Concerto (Producer), 1962-Crowin'-Pains (Producer), 1962-Home-Sweet-Home-Wrecker (Producer), 1961-Franken-Stymied (Producer), 1961-Eggnapper (Producer), 1960-Southern-Fried-Hospitality (Producer), 1960-Fish-Hooked (Producer), 1960-Hunger-Strife (Producer), 1959-Mouse-Trapped (Producer), 1959-Kiddie-League (Producer), 1959-Woodpecker-in-the-Moon (Producer), 1959-Tomcat-Combat (Producer), 1958-Jittery-Jester (Producer), 1958-His-Better-Elf (Producer), 1958-Misguided-Missile (Producer), 1957-Dopey-Dick,-the-Pink-Whale (Producer), 1957-Fowled-Up-Party (Producer), 1957-Round-Trip-to-Mars (Producer), 1957-Goofy-Gardeners (Producer), 1957-International-Woodpecker (Producer), 1955-The-Tree-Medic (Producer), 1955-Hot-and-Cold-Penguin (Producer), 1955-Helter-Shelter (Producer), 1954-Convict-Concerto (Producer), 1954-Real-Gone-Woody (Producer), 1954-Hot-Rod-Huckster (Producer), 1954-Hay-Rube (Producer), 1954-Under-the-Counter-Spy (Producer), 1954-Alley-to-Bali (Producer), 1954-Crazy-Mixed-Up-Pup (Producer), 1952-Termites-from-Mars (Producer), 1952-The-Great-Who-Dood-It (Producer), 1951-The-Woody-Woodpecker-Polka (Producer), 1951-The-Redwood-Sap (Producer), 1951-Wicket-Wacky (Producer), 1949-Scrappy-Birthday (Producer), 1948-Wild-and-Woody! (Producer), 1948-Pixie-Picnic (Producer), 1948-Banquet-Busters (Producer), 1947-Solid-Ivory (Producer), 1947-The-Story-of-Human-Energy (Producer), 1946-The-Reckless-Driver (Producer), 1945-The-Dippy-Diplomat (Producer), 1945-Sliphorn-King-of-Polaroo (Producer), 1945-Enemy-Bacteria (Producer), 1945-The-Poet-&-Peasant (Producer), 1943-Meatless-Tuesday (Producer), 1943-Ration-Bored (Producer), 1943-The-Screwball (Producer), 1943-Take-Heed-Mr.-Tojo (Producer), 1942-Air-Raid-Warden (Producer), 1942-Boogie-Woogie-Sioux (Producer), 1942-Yankee-Doodle-Swing-Shift (Producer), 1942-Mother-Goose-on-the-Loose (Producer), 1941-Man's-Best-Friend (Producer), 1941-Woody-Woodpecker (Producer), 1941-Dizzy-Kitty (Producer), 1941-Hysterical-High-Spots-in-American-History (Producer), 1941-Fair-Today (Producer), 1939-Slaphappy-Valley (Producer), 1939-The-One-Armed-Bandit (Producer), 1939-I'm-Just-a-Jitterbug (Producer), 1938-Sailor-Mouse (Producer), 1938-The-Disobedient-Mouse (Producer), 1938-The-Rabbit-Hunt (Producer), 1938-Barnyard-Romeo (Producer), 1938-Problem-Child (Producer), 1938-Feed-the-Kitty (Producer), 1938-Man-Hunt (Producer), 1938-The-Lamp-Lighter (Producer), 1937-The-Mysterious-Jug (Producer), 1937-Football-Fever (Producer), 1937-The-Mechanical-Handy-Man (Producer), 1937-Lovesick (Producer), 1937-The-Playful-Pup (Producer), 1937-The-Stevedores (Producer), 1937-The-Lumber-Camp (Producer), 1937-The-Golfers (Producer), 1936-Music-Hath-Charms (Producer), 1936-Battle-Royal (Producer), 1936-Slumberland-Express (Producer), 1936-Soft-Ball-Game (Producer), 1935-Amateur-Broadcast (Producer), 1935-Three-Lazy-Mice (Producer), 1935-Towne-Hall-Follies (Producer), 1935-Candyland (Producer), 1935-Do-a-Good-Deed (Producer), 1935-The-Hillbilly (Producer), 1935-Robinson-Crusoe-Isle (Producer), 1934-Ye-Happy-Pilgrims (Producer), 1934-Wax-Works (Producer), 1934-Annie-Moved-Away (Producer), 1934-The-Toy-Shoppe (Producer), 1933-King-Klunk (Producer), 1933-Beau-Best (Producer), 1933-The-Shriek (Producer), 1932-Wild-and-Woolly (Producer), 1932-The-Busy-Barber (Producer), 1932-A-Wet-Knight (Producer), 1932-Cat-Nipped (Producer), 1932-Making-Good (Producer), 1932-Beau-and-Arrows (Producer), 1931-What-a-Doctor! (Producer), 1931/I-China (Producer), 1930-Mars (Producer), 1930-Africa (Producer), 1930-Snappy-Salesman (Producer), 1930-Cold-Feet (Producer), 1929-Ozzie-of-the-Circus (Producer), 1929-Snow-Use (Producer), 1929-Pussy-Willie (Producer), 1929-Oil's-Well (Producer), 1951-The-Woody-Woodpecker-Polka (Director), 1951-The-Redwood-Sap (Director), 1951-Wicket-Wacky (Director), 1942-Mother-Goose-on-the-Loose (Director), 1941-Man's-Best-Friend (Director), 1941-Woody-Woodpecker (Director), 1941-Dizzy-Kitty (Director), 1941-Hysterical-High-Spots-in-American-History (Director), 1941-Fair-Today (Director), 1938-Barnyard-Romeo (Director), 1938-Man-Hunt (Director), 1938-The-Lamp-Lighter (Director), 1937-The-Mysterious-Jug (Director), 1937-Football-Fever (Director), 1937-The-Playful-Pup (Director), 1937-The-Stevedores (Director), 1937-The-Lumber-Camp (Director), 1937-The-Golfers (Director), 1936-Music-Hath-Charms (Director), 1936-Battle-Royal (Director), 1936-Slumberland-Express (Director), 1936-Soft-Ball-Game (Director), 1935-Amateur-Broadcast (Director), 1935-Three-Lazy-Mice (Director), 1935-Towne-Hall-Follies (Director), 1935-Candyland (Director), 1935-Do-a-Good-Deed (Director), 1935-The-Hillbilly (Director), 1935-Robinson-Crusoe-Isle (Director), 1934-Ye-Happy-Pilgrims (Director), 1934-Wax-Works (Director), 1934-The-Toy-Shoppe (Director), 1933-King-Klunk (Director), 1933-Beau-Best (Director), 1933-The-Shriek (Director), 1932-Wild-and-Woolly (Director), 1932-The-Busy-Barber (Director), 1932-A-Wet-Knight (Director), 1932-Cat-Nipped (Director), 1932-Making-Good (Director), 1932-Beau-and-Arrows (Director), 1931-What-a-Doctor! (Director), 1931/I-China (Director), 1930-Mars (Director), 1930-Africa (Director), 1930-Snappy-Salesman (Director), 1930-Cold-Feet (Director), 1929-Ozzie-of-the-Circus (Director), 1929-Snow-Use (Director), 1929-Pussy-Willie (Director), 1929-Oil's-Well (Director), 1929-Stage-Stunts (Director), 1928-Bull-Oney (Director), 1927-The-Farm-Hand (Director), 1927-The-Puppy-Express (Director), 1926-For-the-Love-o'-Pete (Director), 1926-The-Pig's-Curly-Tail (Director), 1926/II-The-Magician (Director), 1926-Dinky-Doodle's-Little-Orphan (Director), 1926-Dinky-Doodle-in-Egypt (Director), 1925-How-the-Bear-Got-His-Short-Tail (Director), 1925-Just-Spooks (Director), 1925-The-Babes-in-the-Woods (Director), 1925-Peter-Pan-Handled (Director), 1925-Cinderella (Director), 1925-The-Captain's-Kid (Director), 1925-The-Leopard's-Spots (Director), 1924-The-Pied-Piper (Director), 1937-Football-Fever (Writer), 1937-The-Playful-Pup (Writer), 1937-The-Stevedores (Writer), 1937-The-Lumber-Camp (Writer), 1937-The-Golfers (Writer), 1936-Music-Hath-Charms (Writer), 1936-Battle-Royal (Writer), 1936-Slumberland-Express (Writer), 1936-Soft-Ball-Game (Writer), 1935-Amateur-Broadcast (Writer), 1935-Three-Lazy-Mice (Writer), 1935-Towne-Hall-Follies (Writer), 1935-Candyland (Writer), 1934-Wax-Works (Writer), 1931-What-a-Doctor! (Writer), 1929-Ozzie-of-the-Circus (Writer), 1929-Oil's-Well (Writer), 1926-The-Pig's-Curly-Tail (Writer), 1926/II-The-Magician (Writer), 1926-Dinky-Doodle's-Little-Orphan (Writer), 1926-Dinky-Doodle-in-Egypt (Writer), 1925-How-the-Bear-Got-His-Short-Tail (Writer), 1925-Just-Spooks (Writer), 1925-The-Babes-in-the-Woods (Writer), 1925-Peter-Pan-Handled (Writer), 1925-Cinderella (Writer), 1925-The-Captain's-Kid (Writer), 1925-The-Leopard's-Spots (Writer), 1924-The-Pied-Piper (Writer), 1935-Towne-Hall-Follies (Performer), 1935-Robinson-Crusoe-Isle (Performer), 1930-Snappy-Salesman (Performer), 1926-The-Pig's-Curly-Tail (Performer), 1926-Dinky-Doodle's-Little-Orphan (Performer), 1926-Dinky-Doodle-in-Egypt (Performer), 1925-Just-Spooks (Performer), 1925-Peter-Pan-Handled (Performer), 1925-Cinderella (Performer), 1925-The-Leopard's-Spots (Performer), 1924-The-Pied-Piper (Performer), 1923-Colonel-Heeza-Liar-and-the-Ghost (Animation Department), 1920-Indoor-Sports-by-Tad (Animation Department), 1920-Tale-of-a-Wag (Animation Department), 1982-Wa_lter,-Woody-and-the-World-of-Animation (Producer), 1943-Boogie-Woogie-Man-Will-Get-You-If-You-Don't-Watch-Out (Producer), 1999-2000-The-New-Woody-Woodpecker-Show (Writer), 1924-Colonel-Heeza-Liar,-Daredevil (Animation Department), 1918-Tad's-Little-Daffydills (Animation Department), 1982-Wa_lter,-Woody-and-the-World-of-Animation (Writer), 1982-Wa_lter,-Woody-and-the-World-of-Animation (in person), 1920-Spring-Fever (Animation Department), 1948-You-Gotta-Stay-Happy (Animation Department), 1928-The-Good-Bye-Kiss (Animation Department), 1924-Colonel-Heeza-Liar's-Horseplay (Animation Department), 1920-Beaten-by-a-Hare (Animation Department), 1920-Swinging-His-Vacation (Animation Department), 1982-Woody-Woodpecker-and-His-Friends (Producer), 1972-Show-Biz-Beagle (Producer), 1972-For-the-Love-of-Pizza (Producer), 1971-Flim-Flam-Fountain (Producer), 1971-Woody's-Magic-Touch (Producer), 1971-The-Snoozin'-Bruin' (Producer), 1971-Shanghai-Woody (Producer), 1971-How-to-Trap-a-Woodpecker (Producer), 1971-Airlift-a-la-Carte (Producer), 1970-All-Hams-on-Deck (Producer), 1970-Gooney's-Goofy-Landings (Producer), 1970-Charlie's-Golf-Classic (Producer), 1969-Phoney-Pony (Producer), 1969-Woody's-Knightmare (Producer), 1969-Gopher-Broke (Producer), 1969-Charlie's-Campout (Producer), 1968-One-Horse-Town (Producer), 1968-Highway-Hecklers (Producer), 1968-A-Peck-of-Trouble (Producer), 1968-Jerky-Turkey (Producer), 1967-Chiller-Dillers (Producer), 1967-Horse-Play (Producer), 1966-Monster-of-Ceremonies (Producer), 1965-What's-Peckin' (Producer), 1965-Birds-of-a-Feather (Producer), 1965-Fractured-Friendship (Producer), 1964-The-Woody-Woodpecker-Show (Producer), 1964-Dumb-Like-a-Fox (Producer), 1964-Lighthouse-keeping-Blues (Producer), 1963-Tepee-for-Two (Producer), 1963-Charlie's-Mother-in-Law (Producer), 1961-Phantom-of-the-Horse-Opera (Producer), 1961-Voo-Doo-Boo-Boo (Producer), 1961-Papoose-on-the-Loose (Producer), 1961-Poop-Deck-Pirate (Producer), 1960-Ozark-Lark (Producer), 1960-Ballyhooey (Producer), 1959-Romp-in-a-Swamp (Producer), 1959-The-Tee-Bird (Producer), 1958-Little-Televillain (Producer), 1958-Three-Ring-Fling (Producer), 1958-Half-Empty-Saddles (Producer), 1958-Polar-Pest (Producer), 1958-Salmon-Yeggs (Producer), 1956-Room-and-Wrath (Producer), 1956-Chief-Charlie-Horse (Producer), 1956-Get-Lost (Producer), 1956-After-the-Ball (Producer), 1955-Sh-h-h-h-h-h (Producer), 1955-Witch-Crafty (Producer), 1954-I'm-Cold (Producer), 1954-A-Fine-Feathered-Frenzy (Producer), 1954-Pig-in-a-Pickle (Producer), 1953-The-Flying-Turtle (Producer), 1953-Operation-Sawdust (Producer), 1952-Born-to-Peck (Producer), 1949-Drooler's-Delight (Producer), 1948-Dog-Tax-Dodgers (Producer), 1947-The-Bandmaster (Producer), 1947-The-Overture-to-'William-Tell' (Producer), 1947-Smoked-Hams (Producer), 1946-Bathing-Buddies (Producer), 1946-Who's-Cookin-Who (Producer), 1946-Mousie-Come-Home (Producer), 1945-Crow-Crazy (Producer), 1945-Chew-Chew-Baby (Producer), 1944-Fish-Fry (Producer), 1944-Jungle-Jive (Producer), 1943-Pass-the-Biscuits-Mirandy! (Producer), 1943-The-Dizzy-Acrobat (Producer), 1942-The-Loan-Stranger (Producer), 1942-Pigeon-Patrol (Producer), 1942-Juke-Box-Jamboree (Producer), 1942-Good-Bye-Mr.-Moth (Producer), 1942-The-Hollywood-Matador (Producer), 1941-The-Screwdriver (Producer), 1941-Andy-Panda's-Pop (Producer), 1941-Scrub-Me-Mama-with-a-Boogie-Beat (Producer), 1940-Syncopated-Sioux (Producer), 1940-Knock-Knock (Producer), 1940-Crazy-House (Producer), 1940-Adventures-of-Tom-Thumb-Jr. (Producer), 1939-Scrambled-Eggs (Producer), 1939-A-Haunting-We-Will-Go (Producer), 1939-Snuffy's-Party (Producer), 1939-Arabs-with-Dirty-Fezzes (Producer), 1939-The-Magic-Beans (Producer), 1939-Soup-to-Mutts (Producer), 1938-Silly-Seals (Producer), 1938-Voodoo-in-Harlem (Producer), 1938-Boy-Meets-Dog (Producer), 1937-The-Air-Express (Producer), 1937-The-Rest-Resort (Producer), 1937-The-Country-Store (Producer), 1937-Trailer-Thrills (Producer), 1937-The-Steel-Workers (Producer), 1937-Duck-Hunt (Producer), 1936-Knights-for-a-Day (Producer), 1936-Gopher-Trouble (Producer), 1936-Puppet-Show (Producer), 1936-Kiddie-Revue (Producer), 1936-Farming-Fools (Producer), 1936-Beauty-Shoppe (Producer), 1935-Doctor-Oswald (Producer), 1935-Bronco-Buster (Producer), 1934-Sky-Larks (Producer), 1934-Jolly-Little-Elves (Producer), 1934/I-William-Tell (Producer), 1934-Goldielocks-and-the-Three-Bears (Producer), 1933-The-Zoo (Producer), 1933-Hot-and-Cold (Producer), 1933-Ham-and-Eggs (Producer), 1933-The-Lumber-Champ (Producer), 1933-Merry-Dog (Producer), 1932-Teacher's-Pests (Producer), 1932-A-Jungle-Jumble (Producer), 1932-Wins-Out (Producer), 1931-The-Hunter (Producer), 1931-Hot-Feet (Producer), 1931-Northwoods (Producer), 1931-College (Producer), 1930-Mexico (Producer), 1930-The-Fowl-Ball (Producer), 1930-The-Detective (Producer), 1930-Spooks (Producer), 1930-Hells-Heels (Producer), 1930-Hot-for-Hollywood (Producer), 1929-Nutty-Notes (Producer), 1929-Amature-Nite (Producer), 1929-Permanent-Wave (Producer), 1982-Woody-Woodpecker-and-His-Friends (Director), 1952-Born-to-Peck (Director), 1942-Good-Bye-Mr.-Moth (Director), 1942-The-Hollywood-Matador (Director), 1941-The-Screwdriver (Director), 1941-Andy-Panda's-Pop (Director), 1941-Scrub-Me-Mama-with-a-Boogie-Beat (Director), 1940-Syncopated-Sioux (Director), 1940-Knock-Knock (Director), 1940-Crazy-House (Director), 1938-Boy-Meets-Dog (Director), 1937-The-Air-Express (Director), 1937-The-Rest-Resort (Director), 1937-The-Country-Store (Director), 1937-Trailer-Thrills (Director), 1937-The-Steel-Workers (Director), 1937-Duck-Hunt (Director), 1936-Knights-for-a-Day (Director), 1936-Gopher-Trouble (Director), 1936-Puppet-Show (Director), 1936-Kiddie-Revue (Director), 1936-Farming-Fools (Director), 1936-Beauty-Shoppe (Director), 1935-Doctor-Oswald (Director), 1935-Bronco-Buster (Director), 1934-Sky-Larks (Director), 1934-Goldielocks-and-the-Three-Bears (Director), 1933-The-Zoo (Director), 1933-Hot-and-Cold (Director), 1933-Ham-and-Eggs (Director), 1933-The-Lumber-Champ (Director), 1933-Merry-Dog (Director), 1932-Teacher's-Pests (Director), 1932-A-Jungle-Jumble (Director), 1932-Wins-Out (Director), 1931-The-Hunter (Director), 1931-Hot-Feet (Director), 1931-Northwoods (Director), 1931-College (Director), 1930-Mexico (Director), 1930-The-Fowl-Ball (Director), 1930-The-Detective (Director), 1930-Spooks (Director), 1930-Hells-Heels (Director), 1930-Hot-for-Hollywood (Director), 1929-Nutty-Notes (Director), 1929-Amature-Nite (Director), 1929-Permanent-Wave (Director), 1928-Farmyard-Follies (Director), 1927-Pete's-Pow-Wow (Director), 1927-Petering-Out (Director), 1926-The-Tail-of-the-Monkey (Director), 1926-Dog-Gone-It (Director), 1926-Pete's-Party (Director), 1926-The-Mule's-Disposition (Director), 1926-The-Ostrich's-Plumes (Director), 1926-Dinky-Doodle-in-the-Lost-and-Found (Director), 1925-Dinky-Doodle-in-a-Restaurant (Director), 1925-Dinky-Doodle-in-the-Circus (Director), 1925-How-the-Camel-Got-His-Hump (Director), 1925-Magic-Carpet (Director), 1982-Woody-Woodpecker-and-His-Friends (Writer), 1937-The-Air-Express (Writer), 1937-The-Rest-Resort (Writer), 1937-The-Country-Store (Writer), 1937-Trailer-Thrills (Writer), 1937-The-Steel-Workers (Writer), 1937-Duck-Hunt (Writer), 1936-Knights-for-a-Day (Writer), 1936-Gopher-Trouble (Writer), 1936-Puppet-Show (Writer), 1936-Kiddie-Revue (Writer), 1936-Farming-Fools (Writer), 1936-Beauty-Shoppe (Writer), 1935-Doctor-Oswald (Writer), 1935-Bronco-Buster (Writer), 1934-Jolly-Little-Elves (Writer), 1929-Nutty-Notes (Writer), 1929-Permanent-Wave (Writer), 1926-The-Tail-of-the-Monkey (Writer), 1926-The-Mule's-Disposition (Writer), 1926-The-Ostrich's-Plumes (Writer), 1926-Dinky-Doodle-in-the-Lost-and-Found (Writer)

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