On Chilly Willy

A diminutive penguin that is persistent in his quest for food and warmth

Created by Paul Smith for Walter Lantz (1953)

Appeared in 50 cartoon shorts

First appearance: Chilly Willy (1953) – Last Appearance: The Rude Intruder (1972)

First episode at the South Pole, but moved to Alaska (where his penguin type is not found) – also an episode was in Switzerland (definitely no penguins there)

Common nuisance to Smedly (dog), who commonly either throws Chilly out the door or takes far away – but they commonly end as friends

Friends to Maxie (polar bear) and Gooney (albatross also called Gooney Bird), but the three only appeared together in two episodes

Occasionally deals with hunter Colonel Pot Shot

Spoke in the first episode, but was mute in most cartoons in the 50s and early 60s. When we returned to speaking, he sounds like Elroy Jetson

Nominated for an Academy Award for The Legend of Rockabye Point (1954) – so watch below