Friday, March 12, 2010

Chilly Willy Info

The following is some great information on Chilly Willy that comes from Wikipedia:

Chilly Willy is a cartoon character, a diminutive anthropomorphic penguin living in Fairbanks, Alaska, although the species is native only to the southern hemisphere. He was created by Paul J. Smith for the Walter Lantz studio in 1953.

The character soon became the second most popular Lantz/Universal character, behind Woody Woodpecker. His name, though nothing else about him, was probably inspired by film actor Chill Wills. Most likely "Chilly" is a comment on the frigid natural habitat of many species of penguins.

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