The Lamp Lighter

The Lamp Lighter

Release Date: 1/10/38
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Ray Fahringer and Ted Dubois
Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkre

Notes:
  • Production Number: 834
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon

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Man Hunt

Man Hunt

Release Date: 2/7/38
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Lester Kline and Ralph Somerville
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 840
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Manhunt
  • The first Lantz cartoon to feature voice characterizations by Mel Blanc.
  • First musical score by Frank Marsales for Lantz. For now, Lantz would experiment between Marsales and Frank Churchill.

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Yokel Boy Makes Good

Yokel Boy Makes Good

Release Date: 2/21/38
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
Animators: Ray Fahringer and Laverne Harding
Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkre

Notes:
  • Production Number: 841
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • The first appearance of Snuffy Skunk
  • The final appearance of the Dumb Cluck
  • Snuffy attempts to disguise himself as Joe Penner and Martha Raye in order to get into the theatre.

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Trade Mice

Trade Mice

Release Date: 2/28/38
Direction: Walter Lantz
Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
Animators: Rudy Zamora and Frank Amon
Musical Direction: Nathaniel Shilkre

Notes:
  • Production Number: 838
  • An Oswald Rabbit cartoon
  • Copyrighted as The Trade Mice

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Feed the Kitty

Feed the Kitty

Release Date: 3/14/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Lester Kline and George Nicholas
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 844
  • Alex Lovy's directorial debut
  • The final cartoon in the Oswald series. Oswald himself would still appear in two more films, Happy Scouts (1938) and The Egg-Cracker Suite (1943).
  • Our only copy of this film is a Guild/Firelight reissue print. If you have a print with original opening and closing titles, please contact us.

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Nellie the Sewing Machine Girl (or Honest Hearts & Willing Hands)

Nellie the Sewing Machine Girl (or Honest Hearts & Willing Hands)

Release Date: 4/11/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Ray Fahringer and George Grandpre
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 842
  • The first New Universal Cartoon. The name of this series did not derive from the fact that the shorts were new Walter Lantz productions, but rather because Universal, under the immediate post-Carl Laemmle management, attempted to refashion itself as the "New Universal" in order to distance itself from the "Old Universal" (i.e., that of Laemmle and his family). The name "New Universal" was applied to most of Universal's output from 1936 into 1940.
  • The first of many 1890's melodrama lampoons produced by the Lantz studio during 1938 and 1939.

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Tail End

Tail End

Release Date: 4/25/38
Direction: Lester Kline
Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
Animators: Fred Kopietz and Ralph Somerville
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 845
  • A New Universal Cartoon, featuring Elmer the Great Dane and Doxie Dachshund.
  • Lester Kline's directorial debut

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Problem Child

Problem Child

Release Date: 5/16/38
Direction: Rudy Zamora
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Merle Gilson and Frank Tipper
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 837
  • A New Universal Cartoon, featuring Elmer the Great Dane.
  • Working title: Wildcat Willie
  • Reissued as Brat Cat by Castle Films
  • Rudy Zamora's directorial debut
  • First onscreen credit for George Merle Gilson at Lantz since 1934
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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Movie Phoney News

Movie Phoney News

Release Date: 5/30/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
Animators: La Verne Harding and George Dane
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 950
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • This "cheater" cartoon features no new animated segments and, with the exception of the soundtrack and the newsreel-esque intertitles, is comprised entirely of footage from the following Lantz releases: The Hillbilly (1935), Monkey Wretches (1935), Soft Ball Game (1936), Alaska Sweepstakes (1936), The Barnyard Five (1936), Music Hath Charms (1936), House of Magic (1937), and The Big Race (1937). Because of this, screen shots from this particular short will not be featured on our filmography.

Nellie the Indian Chief's Daughter

Nellie the Indian Chief's Daughter

Release Date: 6/6/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
Animators: La Verne Harding and George Dane
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 849
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Reissued as Nellie, Indian Chief's Daughter by Guild/Firelight

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Happy Scouts

Happy Scouts

Release Date: 6/20/38
Direction: Fred Kopietz
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Merle Gilson and Dick Marion
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 848
  • A New Universal Cartoon featuring Oswald Rabbit
  • Fred Kopietz's directorial debut
  • This cartoon features a new design of Oswald. His fur is now colored and his pants are held up by a single suspender (click here to see the Oswald model sheet used for this cartoon, courtesy of Kevin Langley). This design was also used for the character in his cameo appearance in Snuffy's Party (1939) and in his final cartoon, The Egg-Cracker Suite (1943).

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Cheese-Nappers

Cheese-Nappers

Release Date: 7/4/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Ray Fahringer and George Grandpre
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 843
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • The first appearance of Baby-Face Mouse

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Voodoo in Harlem

Voodoo in Harlem

Release Date: 7/18/38
Direction: Rudy Zamora
Story: Victor McLeod and Win Smith
Animators: Frank Tipper and Merle Gilson
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 951
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Working title: Black Magic

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Silly Seals

Silly Seals

Release Date: 7/25/38
Direction: Lester Kline
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: George Nicholas and Ralph Sommerville
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 953
  • Copyrighted as The Silly Seals
  • A New Universal Cartoon

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Barnyard Romeo

Barnyard Romeo

Release Date: 8/1/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: La Verne Harding and George Dane
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 846
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Working title: Fine Feathers
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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Queen's Kittens

Queen's Kittens

Release Date: 8/8/38
Direction: Lester Kline
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: George Nicholas and Fred Kopietz
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 955
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Reissued as The Queens Kittens by Guild/Firelight
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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The Big Cat and the Little Mousie

The Big Cat and the Little Mousie

Release Date: 8/15/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Frank Tipper and George Grandpre
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 847
  • A New Universal Cartoon featuring Baby-Face Mouse
  • Reissued as The Big Cat and the Little Mouse by Guild/Firelight

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Ghost Town Frolics

Ghost Town Frolics

Release Date: 9/5/38
Direction: Lester Kline
Story: Victor McLeod
Animators: Dick Marion and Ralph Somerville
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 954
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Working title: Ghost Town
  • The first appearances of Jock and Jill, the Simple Simeons. Jock would appear alone in two more shorts: The Rabbit Hunt (1938) and Soup to Mutts (1939).
  • "Simians" is really misspelled as it pertains to the characters' names.
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic
  • Video availability: Universal Matinees: The Ivory-Handled Gun (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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Pixie Land

Pixie Land

Release Date: 9/12/38
Direction: Elmer Perkins
Story: Victor McLeod
Animators: Ray Fahringer and Merle Gilson
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 952
  • A New Universal Cartoon
  • Working title: The Busy Body
  • Elmer Perkins' directorial debut
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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The Cat and the Bell

The Cat and the Bell

Release Date: 10/3/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and Hicks Lokey
Animators: Jay Fahringer and La Verne Harding
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 957
  • A New Universal Cartoon featuring Baby-Face Mouse

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Hollywood Bowl

Hollywood Bowl

Release Date: 10/5/38
Direction: Elmer Perkins
Story: Victor McLeod and Alex Lovy
Animators: Frank Tipper and Merle Gilson
Musical Direction: Frank Churchill

Notes:
  • Production Number: 839
  • Final New Universal Cartoon
  • The final musical score by Frank Churchill
  • The final New Universal Cartoon
  • Among the stars seen in this cartoon are Leopold Stokowski, Hugh Herbert, Greta Garbo, Groucho Marx, Bing Crosby (and his horses), Charlie McCharthy, W.C. Fields, Joe Penner (who is given the cold shoulder by Edna Mae Oliver), Ned Sparks, Clark Gable, Charles Laughton, Joe E. Brown, Katherine Hepburn, Ben Bernie, Fats Waller, Rudy Vallee, Martha Raye, Benny Goodman, Cab Calloway, Fred Astaire, and Jack Benny.
  • Video availability:
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA) Universal Matinees: Law for Tombstone (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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The Rabbit Hunt

The Rabbit Hunt

Release Date: 10/10/38
Direction: Lester Kline
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animators: Fred Kopietz and George Nicholas
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 956
  • The first Cartune Comedy, featuring Jock.
  • Incorrectly listed as an Oswald cartoon in Leonard Maltin's Of Mice and Magic

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Sailor Mouse

Sailor Mouse

Release Date: 11/7/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod
Animators: George Grandpre and Frank Tipper
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 958
  • A Cartune Comedy featuring Baby-Face Mouse
  • Reissued as Sailor Boy by Castle Films
  • Our only copy of this film is a Castle Films reissue print. If you have a print with original opening and closing titles, please contact us.

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The Disobedient Mouse

The Disobedient Mouse

Release Date: 11/28/38
Direction: Lester Kline
Story: Victor McLeod
Animators: George Dane and Ralph Somerville
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 960
  • The final Cartune Comedy, featuring Baby-Face Mouse
  • Reissued as Baby Face Battler by Castle Films

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Baby Kittens

Baby Kittens

Release Date: 12/19/38
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod
Animators: Hicks Lokey and Merle Gilson
Musical Direction: Scott Bradley

Notes:
  • Production Number: 962
  • The first Cartune short

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Little Blue Blackbird

Little Blue Blackbird

Release Date: 12/26/38
Direction: Patrick Lenihan
Story: Victor McLeod
Animators: Merle Gilson and Verne Harding
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 961
  • A Cartune short
  • Patrick Lenihan's directorial debut
  • Some sources incorrectly list this cartoon as Little Blue Blackbirds
  • Frank Marsales would now become Lantz's permanent musical director until 1941 when Darrell Calker would take over.

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