[[caption-width-right:320:The ''other'' [[Creator/WaltDisney Walt]] of the Golden Age.]]

->''"I'm just a little old cartoonist, tryin' to make a buck."''

A prominent animator and director of cartoons during UsefulNotes/TheSilentAgeOfAnimation, UsefulNotes/TheGoldenAgeOfAnimation and UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation, and was the creator of characters like WesternAnimation/AndyPanda, WesternAnimation/ChillyWilly, and most famous of all, WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker.

Incidentally, he and Creator/WaltDisney were great friends throughout their lives. This is likely due to both of their relationships with [[Creator/{{Universal}} Universal Pictures]].

You can find more info on his cartoons, as well as a complete filmography of his work, [[http://www.intanibase.com/gac/lantz/ here.]] An autobiography has also been published called "The Walter Lantz Story.", with a new one coming up called "Walter Lantz: Legends of Animation".
!!Works of Walter Lantz:
* WesternAnimation/DinkyDoodle: A series of silent comedies in the vein of [[Creator/MaxAndDaveFleischer Max Fleischer's]] "WesternAnimation/OutOfTheInkwell" series and Walt Disney's WesternAnimation/AliceComedies, starring Lantz himself alongside his characters.
* WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit (1929-1943): After Oswald was taken from Disney, Lantz eventually got hold of Oswald from Charles Mintz. This character would promptly become Lantz's first successful character. He lasted for 143 shorts under Lantz's tenure, making him Lantz's second most successful star.
* Film/KingOfJazz (1930): The cartoon that Lantz contributed to this otherwise live-action feature was the first-ever Technicolor cartoon.
* Pooch the Pup (1932-1933): A short lived attempt at giving Lantz an alternative series to Oswald. Lasted for 13 shorts.
* Peterkin: A oneshot cartoon with a character designed by William Pogony.
* Cartune Classics (1934-1942, 1953-1957): A series of oneshot cartoons starring misc. characters.
* Meany, Miny and Moe (1936-1937): A 13 short series centered around a trio of monkeys that initially appeared in an Oswald short. This was one of many attempts Lantz made to find another star series.
* Nertsury Rhyme: 2 theatrical shorts from 1939.
* New Universal Cartoon (1938): Lasted for 16 shorts.
* Baby-Face Mouse
* Snuffy Skunk
* Doxie
* Jock and Jill: Apparently [[CaptainErsatz imitations]] of Creator/HarmanAndIsing's WesternAnimation/BoskoTheTalkInkKid.
* WesternAnimation/AndyPanda (1939-1949): Lantz's successor to Oswald, only to be succeeded by Woody Woodpecker. Lasted for 24 shorts.
* WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker (1941-1972): Lantz's most famous character. He lasted for an impressive 195 cartoons.
* Swing Symphonies (1941-1945): A series of [[AnimatedMusicVideo Animated Music Videos]], themed around Boogie Woogie tunes. Lasted for 14 shorts.
* Musical Miniatures (1946-1948): An offshoot of Swing Symphonies, centered around classical music. Lasted for six shorts.
* WesternAnimation/ChillyWilly (1953-1972): Lantz's third most well known star, lasting for 50 shorts.
* Pepito Chickeeto (1957): A oneshot cartoon.
* Sugarfoot (1954): A recurring character of Lantz, managed to get two theatrical cartoons to himself.
* The Beary Family (1962-1972): Lasted for 28 shorts.
* Inspector Willoughby (1958-1965): Lasted for 17 shorts.
* Foolish Fables (1953-1955): Lasted for 3 shorts.
* Hickory, Dickory and Doc (1959-1962): Lasted for 8 shorts.
* Homer Pigeon (1942-1956): A character that popped up in three shorts.
* Lil' Eightball: A blackface character that was one of several attempts to give Lantz a new star. Only lasted for 3 shorts in 1939.
* Maggie And Sam (1955-1957): Lasted for 4 shorts.
* Maw and Paw (1953-1955): Lasted for 4 shorts.
* Windy and Breezy (1957-1959): Lasted for 5 shorts.
* Cola-Cola Ads (1948-1953): Over the course of several years, Lantz cranked out 19 ads for the classic soft drink.
* Boy Meets Dog (1938): A oneshot toothpaste ad (no kidding) based on the "Reg'lar Fellers" comic strip.
* The Amazing Recovery of Inbad The Ailer (1939): An industrial film made by Lantz for the World Fair, although it is now considered lost. An 18 page booklet with stills from the film are all that is known to exist of it today.
* Take Heed, Mr. Tojo: A WartimeCartoon that was outsourced to Lantz by Warner Bros. It was the fourth entry of the short lived ''Seaman Hook' series.
* The Enemy Bacteria (1945): An instructional film made for the military.
* Reddy Made Magic (1946): An educational film featuring the Alabama Power Company character Reddy Kilowatt.
* Film/AbbottAndCostelloMeetFrankenstein: The studio animated the opening cartoon for the film.
* Sioux City Sue (1946): Lantz contributed a brief animated segment to this otherwise live action feature.
* The Egg And I (1947): A promotional short made to promote Universal's 1947 feature ''The Egg And I''. This short is currently lost.
* The Story of Human Energy (1947): An educational film produced by Lantz for the Corn Products Refining Company.
* ''Film/DestinationMoon'' (1950): At the request of George Pal, the films producer, Lantz contributed a brief animated segment starring the newly redesigned WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker, explaning rocket propulsion to the audience.
* Jungle Medics (1960): This short was made as a possible pilot for a TV series, although it did get a theatrical release.
* Space Mouse (1960): This short was the first animated appearance of a comic who was created for Lantz's comic books. Possible pilot for a TV series.

!!!Tropes used in his works:
* AnimatedAnthology: Lantz's long lasting hit program ''The Woody Woodpecker Show.''
* ArtEvolution: The studio went through a fair amount of it, and its worth noting that before the 50s, the studio never really had an established house style. Their earliest work had a very rubbery, bizarre feel to it; Lantz began working with a hyper-cute style in about 1933, while the studio's other director, Bill Nolan kept with the original approach until his firing at the end of the following year, cementing Lantz's cutesy style as the one used by the studio. This lasted until 1938, when Lantz allowed a number of animators the chance of directing, leading the studio's cartoons in 1938-39 having a range of different styles. By the end of 1939 things had settled down to having Alex Lovy as the main director, and their cartoons became amateurishly drawn, misguided attempts at imitating the West-Coast animation style pioneered by Disney and WesternAnimation/LooneyTunes shorts, and suffered from mushy animation. Creator/ShamusCulhane tried to beef up the studios art quality with Disney-esque articulation, with varying degrees of success, but this was impeded by indifference from most of the artists, as well as sloppy inking and inbetween work. Dick Lundy managed to bring genuine, albeit budget constrained, Disney-quality animation to the studio during his tenure. From the 50's and onward, Lantz switched to a more conservative, stiffer art style for the rest of the studios life.
* BalloonBurstingBird: The 1970 Beary Family cartoon "The Unhandy Man" has Charlie Beary trying to [[DIYDisaster install a garage door opener on his own]]. One of his attempts to get his garage door open involves a big balloon, which fails when a bird pops the balloon.
* BenevolentBoss: Walter was considered by his employees to be one of the best employers to work for during the Golden Age. It helped that, unlike producers like Fred Quimby of MGM or Eddie Selzer of Warner Bros., Lantz actually liked making cartoons and had firsthand experience as an animator and director in addition to producing and even editing his own films, so he had a lot of understanding and sympathy for the artists in his studio. Animator Alex Lovy in particular praised Lantz for this in the Walter Lantz Story.
* {{Bowdlerize}}: When Lantz brought his cartoons to TV, a lot of them went through heavy editing to appease the censors--and some, like "Abou Ben Boogie" and "WesternAnimation/ScrubMeMamaWithABoogieBeat" were banned outright.
* CuteKitten: The short "Baby Kittens".
* EverythingsBetterWithMonkeys: Meany, Miney and Moe, and Jock and Jill.
* EverythingsBetterWithPenguins: Chilly Willy.
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: The bulk of the studios nearly 600 short output is unavailable, save what has been released on the two WesternAnimation/WoodyWoodpecker DVD sets, but even those only make up 90 of his cartoons (although the number goes slightly higher if you count cartoons included in the extra features like ''Playful Pelican'')--not even 1/6th of the studios output.
* LongRunner: Lantz's studio was the longest surviving theatrical cartoon studio, thanks in part to Lantz being accustomed to working with low budget cartoons, and thus having no problem adjusting to the rise of the [[UsefulNotes/TheDarkAgeOfAnimation Dark Age]]. However, the studio finally gave up the ghost in 1972, as theatrical cartoons had become completely unprofitable by that point.
* MissingEpisode: Universal claims that some of the negatives to the studios early 30's output have been lost.
* MsFanservice: Some of his shorts demonstrated this, such as "WesternAnimation/ScrubMeMamaWithABoogieBeat", "Abou Ben Boogie" and "The Greatest Man in Siam".
* OffModel: Lantz shorts were generally prone to shameless animation goofs, especially before the mid-1940s. Later cartoons made by the studio mostly averted this to a fault, often looking stiff and lifeless in the case of the Paul J. Smith-era shorts of the late 60s/early 70s.
* ThePardon: One of the Inspector Willoughby shorts features a man trying to escape prison. During the last attempt, he tries to ram the gates but then Inspector Willoughby just opens them and informs him he's been pardoned. He then wants to be let back in prison.
* PublicDomainAnimation: A handful of his shorts have slipped into the PublicDomain, most notably the Woody Woodpecker short "Pantry Panic", as well as "WesternAnimation/ScrubMeMamaWithABoogieBeat".
* RogerRabbitEffect: Lantz started using this in his ''WesternAnimation/DinkyDoodle'' shorts, used again in the ''WesternAnimation/OswaldTheLuckyRabbit'' short "Puppet Show", the ending of "100 Pygmies and Andy Panda", and used it again in the bridging segments of ''The Woody Woodpecker Show''.
* {{Rotoscoping}}: Blatantly used at several points in "Just a Jitterbug".
* StealthPun: Later title cards in his cartoons featured Woody riding a horse, while carrying a large lance poking through the words "A Walter Lantz Production".
* WartimeCartoon: Lantz did several of these, most notably "The Enemy Bacteria", as well as a Warner Bros. "Seaman Hook" short that was outsourced to his studio, the short being "Take Heed, Mr. Tojo". Even his mainstream theatrical shorts had some nods to the war going on, most notably "Ration Bored".