For D23's Disney Fanniversary, Disney reached deep into their vault, way past the old racist stuff, and pulled out "Harem Scarem," a classic Oswald the Lucky Rabbit cartoon. You know... Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, Walt Disney's signature character. Before founding his eponymous animation studio, Disney worked as an animator for Universal. He and Ub Iwerks made 26 Oswald cartoons for Universal in the 1920s and '30s, but his relationship with producer Charles Mintz soured over creative differences. Disney was devastated when he realized that his contract gave Mintz ownership of the character.
Of course, our boy Walt left Universal and went on to create his own animation empire, built on the back of Mickey Mouse, who seems to share some similarities with Oswald. The lucky rabbit languished forgotten at Universal until 2006, when Disney CEO traded sportscaster Al Michaels in exchange for the rights to Oswald. This year is Oswald's 85th birthday, so the studio has scanned images and compiled them into this short piece.
So check out the oldest known cartoon created by Walt Disney. If you fall in love with Oswald, you'll be able to see more artwork in an exhibit at the Ronald Reagan Library starting July 6.
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