Saturday, January 10, 2015
Toon Legends: Chilly Willy in Fish Hooked (1960)
Walter Lantz had a full stable of characters besides Woody Woodpecker, and it's way past time we took a look.
We'll start with Chilly Willy, a penguin who always seems to be 1) hungry, and 2) looking for a warm place to stay. Now, that's odd. You'd think a penguin would be accustomed to the cold.
Director Paul J. Smith created Chilly in 1953 for Lantz & Universal, but Fred "Tex" Avery & Alex Lovy would also helm the series until it ended in 1972. Daws Butler was one of three actors to voice Chilly during this period, and in "Fish Hooked", it's a 1-man show, with Butler doing all the voices. Smedley, for example, will vocally resemble Huckleberry Hound as well as the nameless wolf who often hassled Droopy. Poor Smedley. Today, he's forgotten, almost like he's inherited Rodney Dangerfield's rep for not getting any respect.
Oh, this was fun.