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Lil' Eightball is a Walter Lantz character voiced by Mel Blanc, who made his first appearance in the cartoon "The Stubborn Mule" in 1939. His final appearance was in 1939, in "A Haunting We Will Go". He is a caricature of an African-American child.

Lil' Eightball
Lil' Eightball
Lil' Eightball, as seen in "A Haunting We Will Go" (art by Walter Lantz Studios).
Character information
first app.:"The Stubborn Mule" (1939)
last app.:"A Haunting We Will Go" (1939)
created by:Burt Gillett & Walt Lantz
Silly Superstition (1939)

"A Haunting We Will Go" is the first Walter Lantz cartoon made in three-strip Technicolor. From this point onward, all of the Lantz cartoons would be produced in color.

List of appearances:

  • "The Stubborn Mule" (07/03/1939)[1][2]
  • "Silly Superstition" (08/28/1939)[1][3]
  • "A Haunting We Will Go" (09/04/1939)[1][4]

Responding to pressure from the African-American community, the character Lil' Eightball was discontinued as one of the featured characters in the Lantz anthology comic book New Funnies from Dell Comics; the last appearance of the character was in the August 1947 issue.[5]

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c The Walter Lantz Cartune Encyclopedia: 1939 Archived 2015-04-05 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "The Stubborn Mule". www.bcdb.com, April 13, 2012
  3. ^ "Silly Superstition". www.bcdb.com, April 13, 2012
  4. ^ "A Haunting We Will Go". www.bcdb.com, April 13, 2012
  5. ^ Barrier, Michael. "Behind the Li'l Eight Ball" (September 2009).

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