Chilly Willy

English

Genre: anthropomorphic-funny animals

Created in: 1953

Notes:
Created by Walter Lantz Studio director Paul J. Smith, for the debut cartoon “Chilly Willy” (1953), the character was refined into the cute, but sometimes surprisingly aggressive, penguin we best know in two cartoons directed by Tex Avery: “I’m Cold” (1954) which introduced Smedley the Hound as a recurring adversary, and “The Legend of Rockabye Point” (1955) with a greedy polar bear who very likely evolved into Chilly’s oft-seen comic book foe “Bully Bear”.

Chilly Willy’s comic book debut was an unconventional and indirect one, as he first appeared as a guest-star in the “Homer Pigeon” feature, sharing several months’ worth of stories with Homer (whom he’d quickly eclipse in popularity), finally achieving a feature (and later a comic book) of his own.

First comic book appearance: Walter Lantz New Funnies (Dell, 1946 Series) #211 – (September 1954).


Feature Logos

Logo Name Year Began Year Ended
Chilly Willy [Dell Logo 5 Shivering Letters Upper Case] ? 1962
Chilly Willy [Dell Logo 8 Shivering Letters Upper/Lower Case] ? 1962
Chilly Willy [Dell Logo 7 with Snow] 1954 ? 1957 ?
Chilly Willy [Dell Logo 4 Slanted Letters] 1955 1962
Chilly Willy [Dell Western Logo 1 Straight Letters Single Line] 1956 1966
Chilly Willy [Dell Western Logo 2 Straight Letters Double Line] 1956 1966
Chilly Willy [Dell Western Logo 3 Staggered Letters] 1956 1966
Chilly Willy [Western Logo 6 Slanted Letters] 1964 1966

Feature Relations

as feature in other language: Chilly Willy (Spanish)
as feature in other language: Chilly Willy (German)
as feature in other language: Frosne Fritz (Norwegian)
as feature in other language: Pingo Pingvin (Norwegian)
as feature in other language: Pinguin Willi (German)
as feature in other language: El Pingüino Travieso (Spanish)