WALTER LANTZ - CONTRACT MULTI-SIGNED 11/17/1961 - HFSID 177830
Sale Price $405.00
He signs a 14-page contract (1961) with Universal Pictures to deliver 136 cartoons, and initials every page.
Document signed: "Walter Lantz" with 13 initialed "WL", 14 pages, 8½x11. Hollywood, California, 1961 November 17. On behalf of Walter Lantz Television, Inc., he signs an agreement with Universal Pictures to deliver 136 Lantz cartoons, enumerated in two separate scheduled in the document. Walter Lantz (1900-1994), who was working in film animation from age 16, took over Universal Film's animation department in 1926. In 1935, the organization separated from Universal and became Walter Lantz Studios. Lantz was already producing popular movie cartoons, including Oswald Rabbit and Andy Pandy, when a noisy woodpecker at his wooded honeymoon cottage inspired him to produce his most popular character. Lantz produced Woody Woodpecker shorts - never a feature film - until 1975. Woody lives on, of course, under licensing agreements. The woodpecker's unforgettable laugh, originated by Mel Blanc, was furnished by Lantz's wife Grace Stafford (who had auditioned anonymously) after 1950. In 1979, Lantz received a special Academy Award for "bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world." Lightly soiled at edges. Binder holes at top. Some paper loss from removal of staples.
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