WALTER LANTZ - INSCRIBED ORIGINAL ART SIGNED 1991 - HFSID 165938
Sale Price $680.00
Inscribed and signed drawing of Woody Woodpecker, dated by Lantz 1991.
Original Art inscribed and signed: "To/Mrs. Chazen/Walter Lantz 1991", 8x10 blue artboard, with 2½x4½ ink drawing of Woody (one surface). 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." Ink note on verso (no show-through). Fine condition.
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