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Andy Panda
First appearance Life Begins for Andy Panda
Created by Walter Lantz
Voiced by Bernice Hansen (1939-1940)
Sara Berner (1941-1944)
Walter Tetley (1945-1949)
Daws Butler (Spook-A-Nanny)

Andy Panda is a cartoon character who starred in his own series of animated cartoon short subjects produced by Walter Lantz. These "cartunes" were released by Universal Pictures from 1939 to 1947 and United Artists from 1948 to 1949. The titular character is an anthropomorphic cartoon character, a cute panda.


In the early version of the cartoon series, Andy is a cub, whose father Papa Panda (voiced by Mel Blanc) is frequently trying to prove himself as a good role model. Later, Andy became a stand-a-lone star in the vein of Mickey Mouse, and even acquired a Pluto-like dog named Milo as a pet.

Andy's first cartoon was the aptly-titled Life Begins for Andy Panda in 1939. The 1940 Andy Panda short Knock Knock featured the first appearance of Lantz's biggest star, Woody Woodpecker. Lantz continued to produce Andy Panda shorts until he closed his studio in 1949, his last short was Scrappy Birthday, which featured his girlfriend, Miranda Panda (voiced by Grace Stafford), released in 1949. When it reopened in 1951, Andy Panda did not return to production.

Andy Panda was originally voiced by Bernice Hansen from 1939 to 1940, with Sara Berner providing the voice from 1941 to 1944, and Walter Tetley assuming the role afterwards until the character's final short in 1949.

Andy re-appeared in comic books. An early Andy Panda comic book adventure was drawn by Carl Barks. John Stanley also did Andy Panda comic book work. Later, the comic book version of Andy Panda acquired a sidekick, Charlie Chicken, and stories about their often bizarre adventures ran for many years. Andy also appeared in the Woody Woodpecker TV special "Spook-A-Nanny" where he's voiced by Daws Butler.

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