YMMV / Walter Lantz

  • Archive Panic: 617 theatrical cartoons made from 1929 to 1972.
  • Crowning Music of Awesome: Some of Lantz's shorts have very well orchestrated music—to name a few:
    • The Barber of Seville
    • 21 Dollars a Day (Once A Month)
    • Scrub Me Mama With A Boogie Beat
    • Abou Ben Boogie
    • The Greatest Man In Siam
  • Doing It for the Art: Sort of. Unlike his competitors like Leon Schlesinger of Warner Bros., Fred Quimby of MGM and Paul Terry of Terrytoons, Lantz actually liked making cartoons and wanted to give his audience the best cartoons he could—without spending too much money in the process, since he did suffer from low budgets. On top of that, he was considered a Benevolent Boss by his staff, with many of the same crew working with him for decades, lasting all the way up to the studios demise in 1972.
  • Dork Age: His run on Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, for Disney fans.
    • For fans of Lantz's own cartoons, the studio is considered to have gone into this phase from the mid to late 1950's and on.
  • Ear Worm: Lantz was also adept at making these, such as "The Woody Woodpecker Song", "The Woody Woodpecker Polka", and the Chilly Willy theme.
  • Growing the Beard: The studio had its ups and downs over the years, but its peak years are easily from 1944 to 1949, when Disney veterans Shamus Culhane and Dick Lundy took over directing duties at Lantz, making some of the best cartoons in the studio's history.
  • So Okay, It's Average: The general film historian opinion of Walter Lantz's work; not as good as Walt Disney's or Looney Tunes, but much better than Famous Studios or Terrytoons.
  • Values Dissonance: Some of his shorts suffered from this, but they're much rarer cases than you would find from the other studios. "Scrub Me Mama With a Boogie Beat" in particular is full of this.
  • What Could Have Been: Lantz originally planned to make a feature-length animated film, riding off the success of Disney's Snow White, which would have been based on Aladdin. Unfortunately, the project never got off the ground due to the lackluster performance of the Fleischer Studios film Mr. Bug Goes to Town. Which ironically canceled plans for feature length films from the rivals such as Paul Terry and Warner Bros.