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Monday, January 25th, 2021

Animation: A Drawing Lesson From Walter Lantz

Walter Lantz

Walter Lantz was one of animation’s pioneers. His career in animation went all the way back to 1917, when he was an assistant working at the Hearst cartoon studio under the supervision of Gregory LaCava. He became a director for Bray, creating the Dinky Doodle series, where he appeared in live action alongside the animated title character.

He moved to Hollywood in 1927 and worked for a time as a gag man for Mack Sennett and Hal Roach. A friendship with Universal studio chief, Carl Laemmle led to Lantz heading up his own studio at Universal. For the nearly half a century, Lantz produced great cartoons starring Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Andy Panda, Woody Woodpecker and Chilly Willy. He won ASIFA-Hollywood’s highest honor, the Winsor McCay Award in 1973.

Animation Resources supporter, Rich Borowy has been hard at work digitizing vintage television tapes from his personal collection for the Archive Database. Here is an example of the treasures he is contributing. This is an episode of the prime-time Woody Woodpecker Show from 1964. In this episode, Walter Lantz gives the kids in the audience a basic drawing lesson by showing a few of his staff artists at work. Included in this clip are Paul J. Smith and one of the few female animators from the golden age of animation, LaVerne Harding.

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Show

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Show

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Show

The best part about this program is that it includes the original commercials… and they are all animated! There are Kellogg’s spots by Lantz’s own studio starring Woody, as well as examples from Hanna-Barbera and Jay Ward.

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Show

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Show

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Show

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Show

Click on the link below to see a clip from this great TV program. Many thanks to Rich Borowy for sharing this with us!

Walter Lantz Woody Woodpecker Show

Woody Woodpecker Show (Lantz/1964)
(Quicktime 7 / 13.8 megs)

Stephen Worth
Animation Resources


This posting is part of an online series of articles dealing with Instruction.
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This posting is part of the online Encyclopedia of Cartooning under the subject heading, Animation.

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Sunday, November 1st, 2015

Inbetweens: Bill Nolan at Walter Lantz

Cartoonist William “Bill” Nolan animated many Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons for the Walter Lantz studio. Here is one titled, “Permanent Wave” (1929).

The late Micheal Sporn did a write up on the distortion techniques used in this short (and other Lantz/Nolan cartoons) that can be found on his blog…

SPLOG: Smears, Distortions, Abstractions and Emotions

Bill Nolan Oswald

-Nicholas John Pozega

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Tuesday, December 7th, 2010

Biography: Walter Lantz

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Birth: April 27, 1899, New Rochelle, New York
Death: March 22, 1994, Burbank, California

American animator, painter, cartoonist & philanthropist

Bio Summary
Walter Lantz was born into a family of Italian immgrants in Westchester County, 16 miles from New York City. Watching Gertie the Dinosaur immediately ignited his passion for animation. While working as an auto mechanic by day, he met a shop customer who helped young Lantz start his career as an artist by paying for his Art Studies League classes.

1924 saw the premiere of his first animated short film, Dinky Doodle. Four years later, film producer Charles B. Mintz hired him to direct some Oswald the Lucky Rabbit (a character stolen from Walt Disney) shorts for Universal. Lantz won all applicable rights to the Oswald character in a card game bet with Carl Lammele.

Early Life/Family


Career Outline

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“1899 is the correct birth year. When Walter turned 40 in 1939, he gave himself one more year in his 30s and listed his birth year as 1900 for the trade annuals — then forgot he had been creative, and maintained 1900 as his birth year for decades! Late in life, though, he caught himself, and admitted that 1899 had been correct all along”
-Joe Adamson




Annie Award: Winsor McCay Award 1973; Awarded Lifetime Achievement Academy Award, 1979

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