Joe E. Ross, as Officer Gunther Toody from the 1961 TV series, Car 54, Where Are You?, created by Nat Hiken. Ross was also a featured player on The Phil Silvers Show, and was the caveman mate of Imogene Coca on the 1966 comedy, It’s About Time.
Fred Gwynne, as Officer Francis Muldoon from the 1961 TV series, Car 54, Where Are You?, created by Nat Hiken. In addition to playing Muldoon, as well as Herman Munster on The Munsters, among other acting roles, Gwynne was an accomplished cartoonist, illustrator and children’s book author.
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Wally Walrus, another character in the Walter Lantz stable, was a comic foil for Woody Woodpecker in that character’s early cartoons, starting in 1944. Typical of the type, he was dim-witted with a short fuse.
Space Mouse was an odd addition to the Walter Lantz roster. Western Publishing, the comic book publisher that licensed the rights to publish comics based on the Walter Lantz properties, wanted to widen their line of Lantz titles, but didn’t see anything suitable after Woody Woodpecker and a couple others among the studio’s cartoon library.
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Created in 1939, Andy was the Walter Lantz studio’s second series star (after Oswald the Lucky Rabbit).
Chilly Willy, created by Paul J. Smith for the Walter Lantz Studio in 1953.
Another Walter Lantz creation, designed to make life tough for Woody Woodpecker. Buzz first appeared in 1948’s animated short, Wet Blanket Policy.