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Oswald the Lucky Rabbit is a series of theatrical cartoons starring its titular character, Oswald the Lucky Rabbit. The character and the series were owned by Universal Pictures, who distributed a total of 194 cartoons featuring Oswald to theaters.

The first fifty-two cartoons were produced by Winkler Pictures under a contract from Universal, and the animation of the first half of those cartoons was outsourced to the Walt Disney Studio. In addition, the character was designed by Disney Studio employee Ub Iwerks while under the direct supervision of Walt Disney.

History

After the Alice Comedies, Disney's second animated series (after the Laugh-o-Grams) folded in 1927, Carl Laemmle approached Disney and requested a new, all-animated series featuring a rabbit. Disney and Ub Iwerks created a new character entitled "Oswald the Lucky Rabbit".

On March 4, 1927, Winkler Pictures head Charles Mintz signed a contract with Universal within the presence of its vice president at the time, R. H. Cochrane. The contract stated that Winkler would produce 26 Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoons for Universal during the 1927-28 season. Universal had been negotiating deals with cartoon producers for the past three months; they wanted to get back into the cartoon business after ten years of no cartoons from the company.[1]

The first Oswald cartoon, Poor Papa, was poorly received by Charles Mintz and demanded a better, younger version of Oswald. The next cartoon, Trolley Troubles, was well received, and the series officially launched.

In February 1928, Winkler signed a contract with Universal that would guarantee three more years worth of Oswald cartoons.[2][3] With the series going strong, Disney demanded a raise from Mintz, which he refused. Mintz instead told Disney that he was going to cut the budget, and if Disney did not agree to the cut, he would be cut from the production scheme. Disney refused, and most of Disney's employees left for Mintz. Only Ub Iwerks remained, and the two secretly planned out a cartoon featuring their new character, Mickey Mouse.

Disney's Oswald shorts

# Title Release date
1 Trolley Troubles September 5, 1927[4]
2 Oh Teacher September 19, 1927[5]
3 The Mechanical Cow October 3, 1927[6]
4 Great Guns October 17, 1927[7]
5 All Wet October 31, 1927[8]
6 The Ocean Hop November 14, 1927[9]
7 The Banker's Daughter November 28, 1927[10]
8 Empty Socks December 11, 1927[11]
9 Rickety Gin December 26, 1927[12]
10 Harem Scarem January 9, 1928[13]
11 Neck 'n' Neck January 23, 1928[14]
12 The Ol' Swimmin' Hole February 6, 1928[15]
13 Africa Before Dark February 20, 1928[16]
14 Rival Romeos March 5, 1928[17]
15 Bright Lights March 19, 1928[18]
16 Sagebrush Sadie April 1, 1928[19]
17 Ride 'Em Plowboy April 15, 1928[20]
18 Ozzie of the Mounted April 30, 1928[21]
19 Hungry Hobos May 14, 1928[22]
20 Oh What a Knight May 28, 1928[23]
21 Poor Papa June 11, 1928[24]
22 The Fox Chase June 25, 1928[25]
23 Tall Timber July 9, 1928[26]
24 Sleigh Bells July 23, 1928[27]
25 High Up August 6, 1928[28]
26 Hot Dogs August 20, 1928[29]
27 The Sky Scrapper September 3, 1928[30]

Copyright renewal status

# Title Reg. title Reg. date Reg. # Ren. date Ren. #
1 Trolley Troubles Trolley Troubles June 9, 1927 L24088 Expired N/A
2 Oh Teacher Oh Teacher July 20, 1927 L24227 Expired N/A
3 The Mechanical Cow Mechanical (The) Cow September 10, 1927 M4314 Expired N/A
4 Great Guns Great Guns September 15, 1927 M4316 Expired N/A
5 All Wet All Wet September 10, 1927 M4315 April 19, 1955 R149116
6 The Ocean Hop Ocean (The) Hop September 8, 1927 L24391 Expired N/A
7 The Banker's Daughter Banker's (The) Daughter September 15, 1927 M4313 Expired N/A
8 Empty Socks Empty Socks November 23, 1927 L24696 Expired N/A
9 Rickety Gin Rickety Gin October 19, 1927 L24531 Expired N/A
10 Harem Scarem Harem Scarem December 20, 1927 L24785 December 5, 1955 R160608
11 Neck 'n' Neck Neck 'n' Neck December 28, 1927 L24811 December 5, 1955 R160612
12 The Ol' Swimmin' Hole Ol' (The) Swimmin' Hole January 17, 1928 L24888 Expired N/A
13 Africa Before Dark Africa Before Dark February 3, 1928 L24972 December 27, 1955 R161428
14 Rival Romeos Rival Romeos February 16, 1928 L24996 January 24, 1956 R163752
15 Bright Lights Bright Lights March 1, 1928 L25033 January 24, 1956 R163755
16 Sagebrush Sadie Sagebrush Sadie March 14, 1928 L25069 January 24, 1956 R163757
17 Ride 'Em Plowboy Ride 'Em Plowboy March 29, 1928 L25105 January 24, 1956 R163760
18 Ozzie of the Mounted Ozzie of the Mounted March 29, 1928 L25106 January 24, 1956 R163761
19 Hungry Hobos Hungry hoboes March 30, 1928 L25129 January 24, 1956 R163766
20 Oh What a Knight Oh, What a Knight March 30, 1928 L25128 January 24, 1956 R163765
21 Poor Papa Poor Papa May 22, 1928 L25296 April 25, 1956 R169190
22 The Fox Chase Fox (The) Chase June 6, 1928 L25345 April 25, 1956 R169200
23 Tall Timber Tall Timber June 20, 1928 L25408 April 25, 1956 R169228
24 Sleigh Bells Sleigh Bells July 3, 1928 L25444 June 18, 1956 R173090
25 High Up High Up July 23, 1928 L25481 June 18, 1956 R173096
26 Hot Dogs Hot Dogs August 3, 1928 L25513 June 18, 1956 R173102
27 The Sky Scrapper Sky (The) Scrapper April 25, 1928 L25192 January 24, 1956 R163772

Gallery

References

  1. "Universal Announces Release Of "Oscar, the Rabbit" Cartoons" - Motion Picture World (3/12/1927)
  2. "And That's That" Column - The Film Daily (2/1928)
  3. "Universal Signs for 3 More Years of Oswald" - Motion Picture News (2/1928)
  4. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  5. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  6. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  7. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  8. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  9. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  10. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  11. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  12. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  13. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  14. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1927)
  15. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  16. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  17. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  18. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  19. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  20. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  21. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  22. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  23. "Comedies and Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  24. "Universal Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  25. "Universal Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  26. "Universal Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  27. "Universal Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  28. "Universal Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  29. "Universal Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)
  30. "Universal Short Subjects" - Motion Picture News (1928)

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