Vernon George Stallings

Birth/Death: (1891-1963)

Occupation/Title: Director / Writer / Animator

Bio Summary:
Vernon George Stallings started his career and learned to animate with the likes of Walter Lantz, Bill Nolan, Jack King, Frank Moser and John Foster at the Raoul Barré Studio. In, 1916, William Randolph Hearst founded the International Film Service and hired all of Barré ‘s animatiors including Stallings. IFS gave birth to the “Krazy Kat” series. During World War I, the IFS lost its credibility due to Hearst’s pro-German position and was forced to license Bray Productions to make the IFS cartoons. Most of the staff transferred to Bray Productions.

Bray started with Pathe as a distributor, then Paramount and finally Goldwyn. Samuel Goldwyn bought a controlling interest in Bray Pictures and ordered a massive reorganization. Goldwyn dropped Bray Picture and Stallings was put in charge of Bray’s entertainment cartoons and continue the production of cartoons for theaters during an inactive period as Paul Terry started his own studio after World War I, Max Fleischer’s departure in 1921 and Earl Hurd changing over to Paramount. Stallings directed “Krazy Kat” and the revival of “Heeza Liar.” At this time he was using his first name Vernon. Stallings was soon replaced by young animator Walter Lantz, due to his drinking problems making him unreliable or perhaps an illness, it is unknown at this time.

In 1930, virtually all the Fleischer key animators left at once-Dick Huemer and Sid Marcus went to the coast, George Rufle and George Stallings went to Van Beuren's. This was followed by Ted Sears and Grim Natwick's departure about a year later.

Stallings replaced John Foster after the cloning of Mickey and Minnie Mouse and their inappropriate behavior and he was responsible for promoting Frank Tashlin. He was hired to upgrade the quality of these animations. Stallings along with George Rufle, created Van Beuren’s first original duo characters called Tom & Jerry. “After the Fleischers successfully introduced the comic strip character Popeye in 1933, Stallings responded with a brief series based on Otto Soglow’s “The Little King,” but the humor of that strip was too subtle for Van Beuren’s staff” (Koszarski 319).

In 1946, Stallings worked on the writing for “Song of the South” and then took over the writing for the Disney comics and introduced new characters such as Molly Cottontail who would later become Brer Rabbit’s girlfriend. “He then launched his own comedy sports comic strip for newspapers, “Soapy Waters,” about a country bumpkin named Soapy Waters who made it to the major league as a baseball pitcher. He was a dim but good-hearted fellow and constantly in jeopardy of losing his job.Soapy Waters ran from February 7, 1955 through April 20 1957 and was syndicated by Mirror Enterprises. Interestingly, according to Disney comic strip expert Alberto Becatini, Moores did inking and lettering for the strip” (Sampson, Mouse Planet). Kay Wright was also involved in the creation of “Soapy Waters.”

Early Life/Family:
- Son of George Tweedy Stallings and Belle White Stallings. - George Tweedy Stallings was briefly a player then a manager in Major League Baseball. He is famously known for managing the Boston Braves to a World Series title in 1914, sweeping the Philadelphia Athletics despite their 11.5 games deficit that placed them in last place during regular season. Soon after accomplishing this great feat, he was dubbed “The Miracle Man.” Stallings is also credited for being the first manager to effectively use platooning in baseball. - Brother of Oliver White Stallings and George Tweedy Stallings Jr. - Was married to Adelate Stallings. - Father of George Vernon Stallings and Susan Stallings. - His son George Vernon Stallings was a decorated Word War II B-17 pilot in the 303rd bomb group.

Education/Training:
Stallings’ animation training began at the Hearst International Film Service by learning how to animate on the job along with Walter Lantz, Bill Nolan, Jack King, Frank Moser and John Foster under Raoul Barré.

Career Outline:
- (1916-1919) - Raoul Barré Studio: Animator (Phables, The Boob Weekly, Mutt and Jeff).
- (1916-1918 )- Hearst International Studio: Animator (Krazy Kat, Happy Hooligan).
- (1918-1924) - Bray Productions: Director (Jerry On the Job, Krazy Kat, Colonel Heeza Liar).
- (?-1930) - Max Fleischer: Animator (Out of the Inkwell).
- (1930-1935) - Van Beuren: Director (Tom & Jerry [two hoboes, not MGM's cat and mouse!], Little King, Cubby the Bear, Amos 'n' Andy). Leader of Van Beuren's animation department in 1933-1935.
- (1935-1946) - Disney Studios: Storyman (Fantasia, Dumbo, Bambi, Victory Through Air Power and Song of the South.

Comments On Style: A Raoul Barre style of animation. Was mostly a Director or Writer. Animations tended to be fairly simple and plain.

Influences: Baseball and Raoul Barré.

Personality: Unknown.

Anecdotes: Unknown.

Miscellaneous:
- Creator of comic strip Soapy Waters.
- Invented the glass disk in the center of the drawing board, in the 1920’s according to Grim Natwick.

Filmography:
Director:
- Merbabies (1938) (uncredited)
- Fiddlin' Fun (1934) (as George Stallings)
- Cactus King (1934) (as George Stallings)
- Mild Cargo (1934) (as George Stallings)
- Art for Art's Sake (1934) (as George Stallings)
- Cubby's Stratosphere Flight (1934) (as George Stallings)
- A Royal Good Time (1934) (as George Stallings)
- How's Crops (1934) (as George Stallings)
- Sultan Pepper (1934) (as George Stallings)
- Goode Knight (1934) (as George Stallings)
- Jolly Good Felons (1934) (as George Stallings)
- The Lion Tamer (1934) (as George Stallings)
- Jest of Honor (1934) (as George Stallings)
- The Rasslin' Match (1934) (as George Stallings)
- The Fatal Note (1933)
- Hook & Ladder Hokum (1933)
- Happy Hoboes (1933)
- Puzzled Pals (1933)
- The Magic Mummy (1933) (as George Stallings)
- Pencil Mania (1932) (as Geo. Stallings)
- A Spanish Twist (1932) (as George Stallings)
- Jolly Fish (1932) (as George Stallings)
- Redskin Blues (1932) (as George Stallings)
- The Tuba Tooter (1932) (as George Stallings)
- Joint Wipers (1932) (as George Stallings)
- Rabid Hunters (1932) (as George Stallings)
- A Swiss Trick (1931) (as George Stallings)
- Trouble (1931) (as George Stallings)
- Wot a Night (1931) (as Geo. Stallings)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Romance (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar the Lyin' Tamer (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Bull Thrower (1924) - ... aka "Colonel Heeza Liar Throwin' the Bull" - USA (alternative title)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Cave Man (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Horseplay (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Daredevil (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Sky Pilot (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Knighthood (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Ancestor (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Mysterious Case (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Nature Faker (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Strikebreaker (1923)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Forbidden Fruit (1923)
- Colonel Heeza Liar in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1923)
- Colonel Heeza Liar in the African Jungles (1923)
- Colonel Heeza Liar and the Burglar (1923)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Detective (1923)
- Colonel Heeza Liar and the Ghost (1923)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Treasure Island (1922)
- The Wireless Wire-Walkers (1921)
- Scrambled Eagles (1921)
- How I Became Krazy (1921)
- The Awful Spook (1921)
- The Hinges on the Bar Room Door (1921)
- Without Coal (1920)
- Thrilling Drill (1920)
- The Bomb Idea (1920)
- A Tough Pull (1920)
- Beaten by a Hare (1920)
- Jerry and the Five Fifteen Train (1920) - ... aka "The Return of the Five Fifteen" - USA (reissue title)
- Water, Water, Everywhere (1920/I)
- Dots and Dashes (1920)
- Train Robber (1920)
- The Trained Horse (1920)
- The Rhyme That Went Wrong (1920)
- Quick Change (1920)
- A Punk Piper (1920)
- A Tax from the Rear (1920)
- The Best Mouse Loses (1920)
- Love's Labor Lost (1920)
- A False Alarm (1920)
- Cheating the Piper (1920)
- A Tankless Job (1917)
- Jerry Ships a Circus (1916) - Colonel Heeza Liar's Vacation (1916)

Writer:
- Song of the South (1946) (cartoon story) (as George Stallings)
- Victory Through Air Power (1943) (story adaptation) (as George Stallings)
- Bambi (1942) (story development) (as George Stallings) - ... aka "Walt Disney's Bambi" - USA (poster title)
- Dumbo (1941) (story development) (as George Stallings) ... aka "Walt Disney's Dumbo" - USA (poster title) ... aka "Dombo" - Belgium (English title) (video title)
- Fantasia (1940) (story development) (segment "The Pastoral Symphony")
(as George Stallings) ... aka "Walt Disney's Fantasia" - USA (poster title)
- Farmyard Symphony (1938)
- Wynken, Blynken & Nod (1938) (uncredited)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Romance (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar the Lyin' Tamer (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Bull Thrower (1924) ... aka "Colonel Heeza Liar Throwin' the Bull" - USA (alternative title)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Cave Man (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Horseplay (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Daredevil (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Sky Pilot (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Knighthood (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Ancestor (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Mysterious Case (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Nature Faker (1924)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Strikebreaker (1923) (writer)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Forbidden Fruit (1923) (writer)
- Colonel Heeza Liar in Uncle Tom's Cabin (1923) (writer)
- Colonel Heeza Liar in the African Jungles (1923) (writer)
- Colonel Heeza Liar and the Burglar (1923) (writer)
- Colonel Heeza Liar, Detective (1923) (writer)
- Colonel Heeza Liar and the Ghost (1923) (writer)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Treasure Island (1922)
- Colonel Heeza Liar's Vacation (1916)

Animation Department:
- Stone Age Stunts (1930) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- Eveready Harton in Buried Treasure (1929) (animator) (uncredited). aka "Pecker Island" - USA (alternative title)
- Der Great Bear Hunt (1917) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- Losing Weight (1916/II) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- Home Sweet Home (1916) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- Nutty News (1916) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- From Kitchen Mechanic to Movie Star (1916) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- The Fatal Pie (1916) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- Leap Year (1916) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- The Boob Weekly (1916) (animator) (as George Stallings)
- Der Captain's Magic Act (1916) (animator)

Honors:

Related Links:
The International Movie Database
http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0821707/

The Baseball Biography Project
http://bioproj.sabr.org/bioproj.cfm?a=v&v=l&bid=884&pid=13501

World-wide Database about Disney comics
http://coa.inducks.org/creator.php?c=GSt

Bray Animation Project
http://brayanimation.weebly.com/jerry-on-the-job.html

ROGallery
http://rogallery.com/Lantz/Lantz-bio.htm

Stripper’s Guide
http://strippersguide.blogspot.com/2007/01/obscurity-of-day-soapy-waters.html

Cartoon Brew
http://www.cartoonbrew.com/?s=george+stallings&x=0&y=0

The Big Cartoon Database
http://www.bcdb.com/bcdb/search.cgi?query=vernon%20stallings&bool=and&substring=1

Enotes: International Film Service
http://www.enotes.com/topic/International_Film_Service

Grand Comics Database
http://beta.comics.org/credit/name/george%20stallings/sort/alpha/

Toonpedia
http://www.toonopedia.com/lantz.htm

Chemistry Daily
http://www.chemistrydaily.com/

Mouse Planet
http://www.mouseplanet.com/8231/Disneys_Brer_Rabbit_Hops_Into_the_Funny_Pages

Find A Grave
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=47549684
http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=47549684>
Ancestry Library Edition
http://boards.ancestrylibrary.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=1441&p=localities.northam.usa.states.georgia.counties.jones

Bibliographic References:
Maltin, Leonard. Of Mice and Magic: A History of American Animated Cartoons. New York City: Penguin Group, 1987.
Bachman, Gregg, Slater, Thomas J. American Silent Film: Discovering
Marginalized Voice. Board of Trustees, Southern Illinois University, 2002.
Koszarski, Richard. Hollywood On the Hudson: Film and Television in New York from Griffith to Sarnoff. Rutgers University Press, 2008.
Sampson, Wade. Disney's B'rer Rabbit Hops Into the Funny Pages. Mouse Planet, Articles. Jan. 17, 2008.
http://www.mouseplanet.com/8231/Disneys_Brer_Rabbit_Hops_Into_the_Funny_Pages

Contributors To This Listing:
Eddy (Edwin) Lopez, Patricia Stallings Ferraro

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