Walter Lantz – The Cartoon Director

7 Feb

Here’s a cool “behind the scenes” video I came across on a newsgroup, detailing the duties of the cartoon director.


13 Responses to “Walter Lantz – The Cartoon Director”

  1. Mark Mayerson February 7, 2007 at 2:30 pm #

    This is great, Kevin. Can we assume that the director is Paul Smith? I think that in the first shot of the crew, it’s Homer Brightman talking to whoever the director is. Can you identify anybody else?

  2. Thad K February 7, 2007 at 8:20 pm #

    I love these segments.

    And yes, those two are Paul Smith and Homer Brightman I believe.

    And that’s Don Patterson’s animation at the very end.

  3. Kevin Langley February 8, 2007 at 3:07 am #

    I figured that was Paul Smith but other than him and Walter Lantz I had no idea who anyone else was. Thanks guys.

  4. Danne8a February 9, 2007 at 9:13 am #

    thanks for posting this, Kevin!I love walter lantz cartoons and it’s very interesting to see some of these segments!BTW, I love your art and animation as well!You seem very serious at creating golden age animation in this day and age and that is truely commendable!Cheers!Danny8a

  5. Kevin Langley February 10, 2007 at 3:47 am #

    Thanks for compliment Danny. BTW, “The Problem” is totally sick and hilarious. Nice job.

  6. Gabriel February 19, 2007 at 8:40 pm #

    i loved that clip. I don’t understand that timing sheet, though. What are those arcs the guy is drawing? Do they represent a specific number of frames, 24 maybe? Please explain it to me someone!

  7. Kevin Langley February 20, 2007 at 3:54 am #

    Hi Gabriel, I’m not exactly sure what he’s notating there. Just by looking at it though I’m going to guess he’s just marking how many measures a particular scene is going to last.

  8. JohnK February 20, 2007 at 9:13 pm #

    It’s Alex LovyI worked for him.

  9. Kevin Langley February 21, 2007 at 3:00 am #

    <>It’s Alex LovyI worked for him.<>Oh thanks, John. Really? I didn’t know that. At what studio? Anything in particular that stuck with you about the time you worked for him?

  10. Jono March 25, 2007 at 8:50 pm #

    hey thanks for the great video.i love this stuff.following john k’s threads an particularily interested in the cartoonists as writers battle.this was a nice demo of the artist being the initial driving force behind the the cheezy grin at the end…im going home to practice that.

  11. Anonymous June 15, 2009 at 11:07 am #

    I can confirm that the man in the first scene is my grandfather, Homer Brightman. He was responsible for around 100 Woody Woodpecker cartoons while he was working for Walter Lantz.

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  13. Harry October 10, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi Annonymous 6/15/2009. Thanks for identifying Homer Brightman. I've always been wondering what he looked like. For some reason my Aunt Mabelle had a “thing” for him. I don't know if they ever dated or what, but whenever his name was mentionted my uncle would get quite annoyed. They lived in Tucson/Phoenix/Williams, AZ area from about 1940 or so. Possibly went to same school together?? Anyway, for some reason his name has always rattled around in my head and know that knowing he was so involved in Walter Lantz stuff and I think also Donald Duck I'm quite impressed. Donald and I share the same birthday, although he is somewhat older than I. Harry – Kerrville, TX

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