Walter Lantz was the lifetime achievement Academy Award winning cartoonist, animator, producer, screenwriter and director who was honored “…for bringing joy and laughter to every part of the world through his unique animated motion pictures;” widely viewed in 38 countries. The many characters that he created, during the Golden Age of American Animation, to tell his charming, delightful, amusing stories included Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda, Chilly Willy, Gabby Gator, Wally Walrus, etc. etc.; each of which had their own unique personalities and character and worldwide fan following. Walter was also honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, served on the advisory board of the National Student Film Institute, set up a scholarship and prize for animators at the California Institute of the Arts, and has seventeen of his works in the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of American History. Walter and his lovely wife Gracie entertained the troops during the Vietnam War, visited hospitalized veterans and also children’s hospitals, where Walter would draw his characters with a dedication and Gracie, Woody Woodpecker’s voice for many years would fill the ward with joy doing her famous Woody Woodpecker laugh. Walter’s rare original paintings and prints are highly sought after worldwide and command ever increasing prices.
Surfs Up - Walter Lantz
- Description: “Surfs Up” is a unique, one-of-a-kind original tempera drawing on heavy paper-board, hand signed by the artist, Walter Lantz. This work of art features Woody Woodpecker, surfing on Waikiki Beach, with a beautiful, colorful Hawaiian lei around his neck, and a flower in his red hair. This work of art measures approximately 12” x 9” and is magnificently framed in a museum quality frame to a measurement of approximately 21” x 18.5”. The frame was designed by Mr. Lantz and consists of several inner koa frames—the rare Hawaiian wood selected by Mr. Lantz to feature his Hawaiian-themed painting. The painting is dated 1984.
- Dimensions: 12" x 9".
- Price: please contact owner for more information
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