Walter Lantz made many commercial, industrial and educational films beyond his yearly output of theatrical entertainment cartoons. One of the weirdest – and best – is The Enemy Bacteria, produced for the U.S. Navy in 1945.
The film is 28-minutes long, but half of the film is live action (with Milburn Stone as the doctor). There are no credits on the film, but it is assumed Dick Lundy directed the animation, and the talents of Art Heinemann (layout) and Grim Natwick (animation) are on display. I guess Mel Blanc’s exclusive contract with Warner Bros. didn’t apply to educationals like this – you can hear him as the staphylococcus and streptococcus germs.
Our collector friend Martin Almeyra has shared with us his collection of rare cel set-ups from this production. Click images above and below to enlarge. For reference, one of the images below is the back of one of the boards – with a “Walter Lantz Prod” stamp.