Walter Lantz

1899 - 1994

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Walter Benjamin Lantz (April 27, 1899 – March 22, 1994) was an American cartoonist, animator, producer and director best known for founding Walter Lantz Productions and creating Woody Woodpecker. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Walter Lantz has received more than 619,535 page views. His biography is available in 25 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 24 in 2019). Walter Lantz is the 433rd most popular film director (down from 315th in 2019), the 2,753rd most popular biography from United States (down from 2,057th in 2019) and the 113th most popular American Film Director.

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Among film directors, Walter Lantz ranks 433 out of 2,041Before him are Chuck Lorre, Ladislao Vajda, Oskar Fischinger, Maurice Pialat, David Yates, and Takashi Miike. After him are Bo Widerberg, Delmer Daves, Yuri Norstein, Ariane Mnouchkine, Arthur Hiller, and Thomas Vinterberg.

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Among people born in 1899, Walter Lantz ranks 107Before him are Mart Stam, Pavel Haas, Jimmie Angel, S. W. R. D. Bandaranaike, Marcel Dalio, and Konstantinos Tsatsos. After him are Ramon Novarro, Zaki al-Arsuzi, Eugene Ormandy, Café Filho, Domingo Tejera, and John Barbirolli. Among people deceased in 1994, Walter Lantz ranks 110Before him are Elissa Aalto, Vazgen I, Jean Carmet, Aleksandar Petrović, Kevin Carter, and Vitas Gerulaitis. After him are Antoine Pinay, Mehmed Orhan, Mario Brega, Yeshayahu Leibowitz, Massimo Troisi, and Heinz Rühmann.

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In United States

Among people born in United States, Walter Lantz ranks 2,753 out of 20,380Before him are Amedee Reyburn (1889), Cheech Marin (1946), John Ritter (1948), Freddie King (1934), Michael Spence (1943), and Ed Asner (1929). After him are James Kottak (1962), John Savage (1949), R. Kelly (1967), Tito Jackson (1953), Tom Fogerty (1941), and Chris Kyle (1974).

Among FILM DIRECTORS In United States

Among film directors born in United States, Walter Lantz ranks 113Before him are Russ Meyer (1922), J. J. Abrams (1966), Merian C. Cooper (1893), Richard Brooks (1912), Taylor Hackford (1944), and Chuck Lorre (1952). After him are Delmer Daves (1904), Don Bluth (1937), William A. Wellman (1896), Nick Castle (1947), Delbert Mann (1920), and John Lasseter (1957).


The Barber of Seville
Woody is standing outside the Seville Barber Shop looking at the ads. Wanting a "victory haircut", he decides to enter the shop only to find the owner has stepped out for a physical. Woody decides to cut his own hair ("I cut my own teeth") but unfortunately is mistaken for the owner when two other customers enter, one an Indian who wants a quick shampoo and the other, a construction worker who wants "the whole works" and, unfortunately, gets it.
Woody Woodpecker
Woody Woodpecker spends his day singing loudly and pecking holes in trees. He infuriates the other woodland creatures - when he isn't baffling them with his bizarre behavior. Woody overhears a squirrel and a group of birds gossiping about him. Even though he just sang a song proclaiming his craziness, he denies their whispered accusations that he's nuts. But after they trick him into knocking his head on a statue, the poor bird hears voices in his head and decides the animals might be right. He decides to see a doctor.
Scrub Me Mama with a Boogie Beat
Lazy black folks in Lazy Town (Pop. 123½) are napping and attracting flies. They are so lethargic they even fight in slow motion. Then a riverboat arrives with a red hot mama on board. Faster than you can say "Jim Crow", she has everyone moving to a Harlem boogie beat, dancing, scrubbing clothes, and eating watermelon. As the boogie-woogie comes to a close, Mammy hoists her skirt. Her big bottom reads "The End".