Lost ‘Oswald the Lucky Rabbit’ Short by Walt Disney Found in Japan

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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is lucky indeed. One of Walt Disney’s long lost Oswald short has turned up in Japan.

Disney produced 26 Oswald shorts, but only 19 have been found… until now.

Here’s more from The Telegraph

The two-minute, black-and-white film footage features Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, a character that Walt Disney created in 1927, a year before he came up with the character that was to make him a household name globally, Mickey Mouse.

Titled “Neck ‘n’ Neck” when the film was released in the US, a handful of copies reached Japan, where one was purchased by a high school student named Yasushi Watanabe from a toy wholesalers’ market in the city of Osaka.

Mr Watanabe failed to realise the significance of his purchase, the Asahi Shimbun newspaper reported, until he read a book titled “Oswald the Lucky Rabbit: The Search for the Lost Disney Cartoons”, published in 2017 by David Bossert, who had worked for many years on animated movies at the Walt Disney Studios in the US.

Mr. Watanabe contacted the author and the Walt Disney Archives, which confirmed that it was indeed “Neck ‘n Neck,” which has been missing for decades.

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“We are absolutely delighted to learn that a copy of the lost film exists” said Becky Cline, Director of the Walt Disney Archives. The unearthed short is causing excitement among animation scholars, and a screening is planned for an event in Los Angeles.

[Source: The Telegraph]

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