Soup to Mutts

Soup to Mutts

Release Date: 1/9/39
Direction: Les Kline
Story: Victor McLeod
Animation: George Nicholas and Dick Marion
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales
Notes:
  • Production Number: 959
  • A Cartune short
  • The final appearances of Jock, Elmer the Great Dane, and Doxie Dachshund.

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I'm Just a Jitterbug

I'm Just a Jitterbug

Release Date: 1/23/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod
Animation: Merle Gilson and Hicks Lokey
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales
Notes:
  • Production Number: 968
  • A Cartune short
  • Final onscreen credit for George Merle Gilson at Lantz
  • Hidden Gag: Look for a sketch of Baby-Face Mouse in the background of this cartoon.

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The Magic Beans

The Magic Beans

Release Date: 2/13/39
Direction: Les Kline
Story: Victor McLeod
Animation: Fred Kopietz and George Dane
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales
Notes:
  • Production Number: 966
  • The first Nertsery Rhyme cartoon, featuring Baby-Face Mouse as Beanie
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as a January release.

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The Birth of a Toothpick

The Birth of a Toothpick

Release Date: 2/27/39
Direction: Burt Gillett
Story: Victor McLeod
Animation: Frank Tipper and Laverne Harding
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 967
  • A Cartune short
  • Burt Gillett's directorial debut at Lantz

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Little Tough Mice

Little Tough Mice

Release Date: 3/13/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod
Animation: Dick Marion and Ralph Somerville
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 965
  • A Cartune short, featuring Baby-Face Mouse
  • Working title: Dead End Mice
  • Reissued as Crime Buster by Castle Films

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The One-Armed Bandit

The One-Armed Bandit

Release Date: 3/27/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animation: George Grandpre and Hicks Lokey
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales Notes:
  • Production Number: 964
  • A Cartune short
    Video availability:
  • Universal Matinees: Stone of Silver Creek (VHS; Universal/MCA)

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Crackpot Cruise

Crackpot Cruise

Release Date: 4/10/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Cal Howard
Animation: George Grandpre and Frank Tipper
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 963
  • A Cartune short
  • Walter Lantz provides the voice of one of the two Italian venders in this short.

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Charlie Cuckoo

Charlie Cuckoo

Release Date: 4/24/39
Direction: Elmer Perkins
Story: Elviry Perkins
Animators: Hank Perkins and Si Perkins
Musical Direction: Zeke Perkins

Notes:
  • Production Number: 970
  • A Cartune short
  • Obviously, all the credits listed (with the exception of the director) are gag credits

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Nellie of the Circus

Nellie of the Circus

Release Date: 6/19/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animation: Ray Fahringer and George Grandpre
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 971
  • The first Mello-Drama cartoon
  • Working title: Under the Big Top
  • Michael Fitzgerald incorrectly lists this cartoon as an April release.

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Bolo-Mola Land

Bolo-Mola Land

Release Date: 5/28/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animation: Frank Tipper and Dick Marion
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 973
  • The first Crackpot Cruise cartoon

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The Bird on Nellie's Hat

The Bird on Nellie's Hat

Release Date: 6/19/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animation: Ray Fahringer and George Grandpre
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 975
  • The final Mello-Drama cartoon
  • Working title: The Bird on Nellie's Cap
  • Reissued as The Runaway Choo-Choo by Castle Films

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The Stubborn Mule

The Stubborn Mule

Release Date: 7/3/39
Direction: Burt Gillett (uncredited)
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales (uncredited)

Notes:
  • Production Number: 979
  • The first appearance of Lil' Eightball and the first cartoon in the Lil' Eightball series.

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Arabs with Dirty Fezzes

Arabs with Dirty Fezzes

Release Date: 7/31/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod and James Miele
Animation: George Dane and Laverne Harding
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 977
  • A Cartune short
  • The final appearance of Baby-Face Mouse
  • Reissued as The Arabs with Dirty Fezzes by Guild/Firelight
  • This cartoon's title is a play on the 1938 Warner Bros. feature Angels with Dirty Faces directed by Michael Curtiz and starring James Cagney.

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Snuffy's Party

Snuffy's Party

Release Date: 8/7/39
Direction: Elmer Perkins
Story: Victor McLeod and Hicks Lokey
Animation: Frank Tipper and Al Coe
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 972
  • A Cartune short, featuring Snuffy Skunk
  • Working title: Snuffy Skunk's Party
  • Reissued as The Snuffy Skunk's Party by Guild/Firelight
  • Many sources incorrectly list Snuffy Skunk's Party as the real title of this cartoon.
  • Includes reused animation from Kiddie Revue (1936) and Yokel Boy Makes Good (1938)
  • Watch for a cameo by Oswald Rabbit at the beginning of this one.
  • The first appearance of Mr. Whippletree [see Andy Panda Goes Fishing (1940) for more details].
  • The second appearance of Snuffy Skunk (his first being the Oswald cartoon, Yokel Boy Makes Good). Snuffy would appear one last time in Life Begins for Andy Panda and then he would make a cameo appearance in 1941's $21 a Day (Once a Month).

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Slaphappy Valley

Slaphappy Valley

Release Date: 8/21/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Victor McLeod
Animation: George Dane and Laverne Harding
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 980
  • The final Crackpot Cruise cartoon
  • The first appearance of Punchy

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Silly Superstition

Silly Superstition

Release Date: 8/28/39
Direction: Burt Gillett (uncredited)
Musical Direction: Frank Marsales (uncredited)

Notes:
  • Production Number: 981
  • The second and final cartoon in the Lil' Eightball series. The character would appear once more in the Technicolor Cartune A Haunting We Will Go before being retired from the screen permanently.
  • Fell into the public domain in 1967
  • The last Walter Lantz cartoon filmed in black and white.

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A Haunting We Will Go

A Haunting We Will Go

Release Date: 9/4/39
Direction: Burt Gillett
Story: Kin Platt and Gil Burton
Animation: Lester Kline and Fred Kopietz
Music: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 969
  • A Cartune short
  • The first Walter Lantz cartoon made in three-strip Technicolor.
  • From this point onward, all of the Walter Lantz cartoons would be produced in color.
  • The final appearance of Lil' Eightball.
  • Video availability: Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 2 (DVD; Universal/MCA)

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Life Begins for Andy Panda

Life Begins for Andy Panda

Release Date: 9/9/39
Direction: Alex Lovy (uncredited)
Music: Frank Marsales (uncredited)

Notes:
  • Production Number: 974
  • The first appearance of Andy Panda and the first cartoon in the Andy Panda series.
  • Includes reused animation from Snuffy's Party
  • Many sources (including Joe Adamson) erroneously state that the title of this cartoon was inspired by the Mickey Rooney feature, Life Begins for Andy Hardy. This is impossible because the Rooney feature premiered in 1941, two years after the release of the Lantz cartoon. The title of this short is actually a direct reference to the birth of Andy Panda.
  • Video availability: Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 1 (DVD; Columbia House)

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Scrambled Eggs

Scrambled Eggs

Release Date: 11/20/39
Direction: Alex Lovy
Story: Elaine Pogany
Design: Willy Pogany
Animation: Frank Tipper and Hicks Lokey
Music: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 984
  • The first and only Peterkin cartoon
  • Video availability: Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection, Vol. 1 (DVD; Universal/MCA)
  • Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 7 (DVD; Columbia House)

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The Sleeping Princess

The Sleeping Princess

Release Date: 12/4/39
Direction: Burt Gillett
Story: Kin Platt and Gil Burton
Animation: Lester Kline and Fred Kopietz
Music: Frank Marsales

Notes:
  • Production Number: 976
  • The final Nertsery Rhyme cartoon
  • Video availability: Woody Woodpecker and Friends, Vol. 3 (DVD; Columbia House)

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