Friday, July 16, 2010

Inspiration for Chilly Willy Explained

Per Wikipedia: Chilly Willy was inspired, according to Scott MacGillivray's book "Castle Films: A Hobbyist's Guide," by mystery writer Stuart Palmer.

Palmer used the Lantz studio as a background for his novel "Cold Poison," in which the cartoon star was a penguin character, and Lantz adopted the penguin idea for the screen. Chilly's diminutive figure was inspired by an image of Herbert Lee McCormick Jr., a small boy from Fairbanks.

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