The classic Swing Symphony title card from 1941–1945
|Directed by||Walter Lantz|
|Produced by||Walter Lantz|
|Story by||Ben Hardaway|
L. E. Elliot
|Music by||Darrell Calker|
|Distributed by||Universal Pictures|
|December 1, 1941 — March 19, 1945|
Swing Symphony is a group of musical 14 cartoon shorts, created in 1941 till 1945, which often featured top boogie-woogie musicians. Directed by Walter Lantz the Swing Symphony cartoons are a more contemporary pastiche on Disney's Silly Symphonies. Some of those short include the characters Woody Woodpecker and Andy Panda.
When Ben Hardaway left Warner Bros. in 1939, he was hired by Walter Lantz to work on the storyboards for Universal Studios' cartoons, including Swing Symphony. He also supplied his voice talents for Woody Woodpecker in 1942 till 1948. Darrell Calker who was involved in jazz circles, composed the music and brought in famous musicians like Nat King Cole and Meade Lux Lewis to play them. A pianist Bob Zurke did a recording for the cartoon Jungle Jive before he died aged 32.
In 1943 Juke Box Jamboree was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Animated Short Film but lost to Disney's Der Fuehrer's Face. Few of Lantz's cartoons were highlighted for stereotyping and racism, but were said by Joe Adamson as not intended to be offensive.
|#||Title||Drawn By (Animator)||Characters||Identification Numbers||Release date||Availability|
|1007||$21 a Day - (Once a Month)||Alex Lovy, Frank Tipper||Woody Woodpecker, Andy Panda||07585||December 1, 1941||DVD - The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection|
|1010||The Hams That Couldn't Be Cured||Alex Lovy, R. Somerville||Algernon Wolf, Three Little Pigs||March 4, 1942||DVD - The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2|
|1015||Juke Box Jamboree||Verne Harding||Mouse||July 27, 1942||DVD - The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2|
|C-1||Yankee Doodle Swing Shift||Harold Mason||September 21, 1942|
|C-4||Boogie Woogie Sioux||Robert Bentley||Boogie Woogie||November 30, 1942||DVD - Woody Woodpecker and Friends: Volume 5|
|C-7||Cow-Cow Boogie||Harold Mason||Boogie Woogie||January 3, 1943|
|C-10||The Egg Cracker Suite||Les Kline||Oswald the Lucky Rabbit||March 22, 1943||DVD - Woody Woodpecker and Friends: Volume 3|
|C-13||Pass The Biscuits Mirandy!||Paul Smith||09275||August 27, 1943||DVD - The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection|
|D-1||Boogie Woogie Man||Laverne Harding, Les Kline||September 27, 1943||DVD - The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection: Volume 2|
|D-3||The Greatest Man In Siam||Pat Mathews, Emery Hawkins, Grim Natwick||09585||March 27, 1944||DVD - The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection|
|D-5||Jungle Jive||Paul J. Smith, Emery Hawkins, Laverne "Verne" Harding, Lester "Les" Kline, Pat Matthews, Don Williams||May 15, 1944||DVD - Woody Woodpecker and Friends: Volume 6|
|D-7||Abou Ben Boogie||Paul J. Smith, Pat Matthews, Grim Natwick, Don Williams, Les Kline, Dick Lundy, Laverne Harding||Boogie Woogie||09876||September 18, 1944||DVD - The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection|
|D-10||The Pied Piper Of Basin Street||Laverne Harding, Pat Mathews||10120||January 15, 1945||DVD - The Woody Woodpecker and Friends Classic Cartoon Collection|
|D-13||Sliphorn King Of Polaroo||Pat Mathews||March 19, 1945||DVD - Woody Woodpecker and Friends: Volume 4|
- Modern Madcaps
- Animated Antics
- Cartune Classics
- ComiColor Cartoons
- Color Classics
- Happy Harmonies
- Merrie Melodies
- Looney Tunes
- Rainbow Parade
- Silly Symphonies
- Color Rhapsody
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