WALTER LANTZ - DOCUMENT SIGNED 07/13/1982 - HFSID 202430
Sale Price $382.50
The creator of Woody Woodpecker signs a release form for a TV show.
Document signed: "Walter Lantz", 2 pages, 8½x11. Lantz signs an undated release form before his appearance on the local ABC-TV Show AM Los Angeles, allowing the use of his name, voice, pictures and statements from the program for various purposes, excluding direct endorsement of a product or service. Accompanied by an unsigned document, dated 1982 July 13, prepared for the same event and listing the film clips to be shown and the questions which would be asked of Lantz. 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." Lantz was interviewed by AM Los Angeles for the "World of Woody Woodpecker" exhibit opening at Universal Studios. Both pages slightly creased. Otherwise, fine condition.
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