WALTER LANTZ - INSCRIBED ORIGINAL ART SIGNED CIRCA 1988 - HFSID 147434
Sale Price $935.00
His signed drawing of Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willy, framed in the Gallery of History style to 15x21
Original Art inscribed and signed: "To Patty/Merry Christmas/Walter Lantz 1988" in pencil, 1 page, 9½x7½. Lantz has drawn two of his most popular characters: Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willy. 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.Woody first appeared in 1940 in the Andy Panda cartoon, "Knock, Knock". Lantz produced Woody Woodpecker shorts - never a feature film - until 1975. The woodpecker's unforgettable laugh, originated by Mel Blanc, was furnished by Lantz's wife, Grace Stafford (who had auditioned anonymously), after 1950. Chilly Willy, a penguin who hates the cold, debuted on December 21, 1953. He later appeared in such classics as "The Legend of Rock-A-Bye Point (1955), which was nominated for an Academy Award. In 1979, Lantz received a special Academy Award for "bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world." He earned a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1986; Woody Woodpecker got his own star in 1990. Drawings of characters other than Woody Woodpecker are scarce. Ink lightly smudged at inscription. Fine condition. Framed in the Gallery of History style: 15½x21½.
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