Race Riot

Race Riot

Release Date: 9/2/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: Bert Fiske

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5031
  • The first theatrical cartoon released by the Walter Lantz studio
  • The first Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon produced by Walter Lantz
  • First onscreen credits for Bill Nolan and Tom Palmer at Lantz
  • The first musical score by Bert Fiske
  • The copyright synopsis for this cartoon refers to Oswald's horse by the name "Mopey."
  • The titles for the early Lantz Oswalds have an animated Oswald popping out from behind a fence to laugh at the audience. These titles were used until early-1930.

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Oil's Well

Oil's Well

Release Date: 9/16/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: Bert Fiske

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5032
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Earlier films such as this used specialty closing titles, suiting the cartoon.
  • The soundtrack of this cartoon features the tune Sing a Little Love Song, written by Con Conrad, Sidney D. Mitchell, and Archie Gottler for the 1929 Universal musical Broadway based on the play of the same name by George Abbott and Philip Dunning.

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Permanent Wave

Permanent Wave

Release Date: 9/30/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: Bert Fiske

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5025
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Permanent Wave
  • Motion Picture News erroneously lists this cartoon as a silent release.
  • Leonard Maltin incorrectly lists the release date of this cartoon as being September 30, 1929.

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Cold Turkey

Cold Turkey

Release Date: 10/15/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: Bert Fiske

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5043
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The first cartoon where Oswald speaks.
  • Leonard Maltin incorrectly lists the release date of this cartoon as being October 14, 1929.
  • Some online sources claim that Bill Nolan provided Oswald's voice for this cartoon. However, such an assertion cannot be verified, given the fact that written records stating this have yet to surface, that a print (or at least a soundtrack) of this particular film has yet to surface, and that an audio recording of Bill Nolan's voice has yet to surface. If at least the latter two of these three were available, only then, through a comparative audio analysis, could this claim be confirmed either way.

Pussy Willie

Pussy Willie

Release Date: 10/14/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: R. C. Hamilton, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: Bert Fiske

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5063
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • First onscreen credit for R. C. Hamilton at Lantz
  • Leonard Maltin incorrectly lists the release date of this cartoon as being October 14, 1929.

Amature Nite

Amature Nite

Release Date: 11/11/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: R. C. Hamilton, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5083
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as Amateur Night
  • The first musical score by David Broekman
  • Motion Picture News erroneously lists this cartoon as a silent release.
  • Maurice Horn incorrectly cites this film as the first Walter Lantz cartoon, even though it is indeed Race Riot

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Hurdy Gurdy

Hurdy Gurdy

Release Date: 11/24/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: R. C. Hamilton, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5126
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Loosely based on the 1928 Disney Oswald Hungry Hoboes
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as a January 1930 release.
  • Love Me, and the World Is Mine (written in 1906 by Ernest Ball) is included on the soundtrack of this cartoon.

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Snow Use

Snow Use

Release Date: 11/25/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: R. C. Hamilton, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: Bert Fiske

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5042
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The soundtrack of this cartoon features the tunes Winter (written in 1910 by Albert Gumble and Alfred Bryan), Hi-Lee, Hi-Lo, and A Hot Time in the Old Town Tonight (written in 1896 by Theodore August Metz and Joe Hayden).

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Nutty Notes

Nutty Notes

Release Date: 12/9/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: David Broekman

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5062
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • Click here to see the original poster for Nutty Notes

Ozzie of the Circus

Ozzie of the Circus

Release Date: 12/23/29
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story and Animation: Walter Lantz, "Bill" Nolan, and Tom Palmer
Synchronization and Score: Bert Fiske

Notes:
  • Production Number: 5024
  • An Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon
  • The final musical score by Bert Fiske, David Broekman would take over until mid-1930.
  • Many sources give this cartoon an erroneous January 5, 1929 release date (therefore citing this as the first Walter Lantz cartoon instead of Race Riot). January 5, however, is actually the short's copyright date. This issue was present in the first two editions of Jeff Lenburg's Encyclopedia of Animated Cartoons. In the third edition, it was corrected in the Oswald filmography, but not in the Oswald character description.