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Finding Aid for the Walter Lantz Productions Collection of Music for Woody Woodpecker Cartoons and Other Productions, 1940-1960
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  • Descriptive Summary
  • Administrative Information
  • Biography/History
  • Scope and Content
  • Organization and Arrangement
  • Indexing Terms
  • Related Material

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Walter Lantz Productions Collection of Music for Woody Woodpecker Cartoons and Other Productions
    Date (inclusive): 1940-1960
    Collection number: 35-M
    Creator: Walter Lantz Productions, Inc.
    Extent: 87 boxes.
    Language: Finding aid is written in English.
    Language of the Material: Materials are in English.
    Repository: University of California, Los Angeles. Library Special Collections.
    Los Angeles, California 90095-1575
    Physical location: Stored off-site at SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Administrative Information

    Restrictions on Access

    Open for research. STORED OFF-SITE AT SRLF. Advance notice is required for access to the collection. Please contact UCLA Library Special Collections for paging information.

    Restrictions on Use and Reproduction

    Property rights to the physical object belong to the UC Regents. Literary rights, including copyright, are retained by the creators and their heirs. It is the responsibility of the researcher to determine who holds the copyright and pursue the copyright owner or his or her heir for permission to publish where The UC Regents do not hold the copyright.

    Provenance/Source of Acquisition

    Transferred from the Theater Arts Library in 1977.
    Collection originally a gift of Walter Lantz Productions, Inc.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item], Walter Lantz Productions Collection of Music for Woody Woodpecker Cartoons and Other Productions (Collection Number 35-M). UCLA Library Special Collections, Charles E. Young Research Library, UCLA.

    Biography/History

    Lantz was born in New Rochelle, NY, Apr. 27, 1900; at 12 years old he took his first mail-order cartoon drawing course which affected his entire life and career; he began working as a copyboy for the Hearst newspaper, New York American, where he was recommended to Gregory LaCava; from that point he started his career as a cartoonist drawing characters such as the Katzenjammer kids, Happy Hooligan, Krazy Kat, and Mutt and Jeff; produced and directed his first cartoon series, Colonel Heeza Liar, at J.R. Bray Studios in NY, 1922; moved to Hollywood, CA in 1926 and wrote for Max Sennet comedies; started with Universal Studios in 1928 where he produced Oswald Rabbit for 10 years; in 1930, he produced The King of Jazz, the first technicolor cartoon and Bing Crosby's first sound recording in a film; married Grace Stafford in 1941 who later became the voice of Woody Woodpecker; Lantz started his own production company in 1935 and served as its president into the 1970s; Lantz who is best remembered for Woody Woodpecker, Chilly Will, and Andy Panda, received an honorary Academy award, 1978; died Mar. 22, 1994, in Burbank, CA.

    Scope and Content

    The bulk of the collection consists of materials related to the music production process at the Lantz Studios from 1951-70. Includes the holographs of scores, parts, and detail sheets for Woody Woodpecker cartoons and various commercials. Also includes music sketches, recording routines, reports, and sorted printed classical and popular sheet music used as source material for various productions. Production scores include the work of Lantz music directors Darrell Calker, Frank Churchill, Walter Greene, James Dietrich, Frank Marsales, Eugene Poddany, and Clarence Wheeler.

    Organization and Arrangement

    Arranged in the following series:
    1. Production scores
    2. Miscellaneous scores.

    Indexing Terms

    The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.

    Subjects

    Walter Lantz Productions --Archives.
    Production music --Archival resources.
    Production music --Scores.
    Television music --Scores.
    Music manuscripts.

    Genres and Forms of Material

    Scores.

    Related Material

    Walter Lantz Animation Archive (Collection 47).   Available at Library Special Collections, University Research Library, University of California, Los Angeles.